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Strategic Analyst - SEND Transformation
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/28203/12115
  • Published: Tue 23/02/2021, 8:47 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 21/03/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Woking

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Strategic Analyst - SEND Transformation

Are you impact-focused, ambitious and ready for a challenge?

Would you like to be part of an exciting transformation programme and make a big difference to the lives of children and young people with SEND through impactful data analysis?

The SEND teams of Surrey County Council have come together to embark on a journey of significant change and transformation intended to deliver better outcomes for Surrey’s children and young people with SEND. While we have already started on our journey to improve inclusion, sufficiency of provision, preparation for adulthood and partnership work, it is important that throughout the life of the programme we are able to measure and report our “distance from target” to provide leaders with insights about progress on which they can base important decisions.

In order to assist us in gaining the intelligence and insights we are currently seeking a Strategic Analyst for SEND. The main responsibilities for their role will be to:

  • advise and lead the transformation team in agreeing adequate measures against our desired outcomes
  • liaise with digital and operational teams to ensure the right data is captured in core systems against those measures (if adequate data sources do not yet exist)
  • create reports for leadership using data analysis and visualization tools (e.g. Tableau)
  • ensure data pathways are clear and aligned to operational pathways, so that we can better track user journeys and gain further insight about the effectiveness of transitions for young people

The role will mainly require quantitative skills, but some outcomes data may also need to be measured qualitatively. While the Strategic Analyst will not be expected to design qualitative frameworks for data collection or carry out qualitative work, another of your key responsibilities will be to triangulate quantitative and qualitative data and lead on the production of mixed reports that provide valuable and holistic strategic insights.

We would welcome an Analyst with previous experience of SEND, or more generally with experience of working in the public/third sector, although this is not a requirement.

The role will sit in the Analysis and Evaluation team. We work in Commissioning to provide Commissioners with the knowledge they require to make informed, evidence-based decisions, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative data. We look at national/international best practice/trends and foster innovation to make sure Commissioning is always one step ahead of the game.

There are a variety of exciting projects sitting within the team, dealing with issues in the areas of Health and Wellbeing, SEND, Corporate Parenting, Early Help, Social Care, Early Years, Education and Support for Disabilities. Joining us means joining a vibrant team with an innovative agenda and lots of opportunities for professional development.

The Commissioning division of the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Directorate is driving change and innovation with a relentless focus on improving outcomes for the children, young people and families of Surrey across all our themes. While Commissioning is not the only team involved in the SEND transformation programme, we are a significant stakeholder and play an important coordination role in the transformation.

Does the above sound like you? Please send us your application, detailing your experience against the above responsibilities for the role of Strategic Analyst in your cover letter. We look forward to hearing from you!

Not sure about whether you should apply, or have any questions? Contact us for an informal discussion (please find details below)!  

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For an informal discussion contact please Sara Dicerto by e-mail at

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This opportunity is offered as a 12 month fixed-term contract/secondment.

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 21st March 2021 with interviews taking place on 31st March.

Please note, the administrative base for this position is Quadrant Court, Woking however all workers who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so in line with current Covid19 guidance. 

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.

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