SEN Officer
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC565RS
  • Published: Thu 29/04/2021, 15:20 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 21/05/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: Range 4 (£26,450 - £32,207) per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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SEN Officer

Closing Date: 21 May 2021

We are seeking a hard-working and dedicated SEN Officer to join the Special Educational Needs team.

This challenging and rewarding role involves the education, health and care assessments for children and young people with special educational needs, and ensuring that they receive appropriate educational provision.  It includes working with parents/carers, young people, schools, local authority agencies and health providers. The role also includes:

  • To attend meetings where necessary and ensure the LA role is carried out effectively, to schedule and minute parental meetings and represent the LA at relevant planning meetings, including multi-agency meetings where the needs of an individual pupil are the subject of the meeting.  These meetings may be in schools or other community settings.
  • To operate and co-ordinate the education, health and care assessment procedures and processes for all those with EHC Plans, based on a defined caseload,  to enable appropriate educational provision to be made for children and young people with special educational needs within statutory timescales.
  • Acting as a contact for parents to offer technical advice and support with regard to the assessment process.
  • Writing Education, Health and Care Plans based on evidence from professional and other reports in clear, concise and accessible language
  • To update and maintain accurate data for pupils with SEN in line with Medway SEN processes and requirements

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: -

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Genny Cherriman on 01634 331108.

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.    

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to Apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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