Area Inclusion Lead

Job Type
Emp Type
Full Time
Social Care
Functional Expertise
Social Care
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Job ID

Job Description

SEND Inclusion Lead

Location – Chatham, Kent

Salary - Competitive

Benefits – Hybrid working

Hours 37 hours per week


Do have knowledge of Legislative framework for SEND Detailed knowledge of SEND practices and protocols and inclusion in education? 

Are you available to start a new contract immediately? 


My client a local council are looking to recruit and experienced SEND Inclusion Lead on a contract basis, you will be required to work 37 hours per week, Monday-Friday. 


  • Processing independent funding forms and ensuring these are signed off by commissioning teams and Head of Inclusion.
  • Decision making activities in relation to provision, tuition, consultations, changes of placement, ceasing plans, funding, challenge letters and direction letters.
  • Working with providers of the AP provisions to ensure that there is a seamless link between SEND processes and the graduated approach.
  • Working directly with schools on embedding inclusive education.
  • Ensuring SEND transport requests are updated in a timely manner.
  • Running monthly reports and analysing performance. Analysing PCAR, assessment and caseload data alongside case officers and Area Inclusion Leads to ensure progress is being made, and backlogs are addressed swiftly.
  • Quality Assurance draft and final EHCPS.  This includes providing feedback to officers and signing finalised plans.
  • Quality assuring samples of PCARs every month and reporting on quality to the Head of Inclusion.  Providing feedback to officers. 
  • Leading and support officers with complex cases, including responding to case discussion forms
  • Monitoring pupils who are out of school and EOTAS and require highly specialised support and intervention.
  • Working with other Area Inclusion Leads to support the delivery and evaluation of specified leadership areas (e.g. EHE, EOTAS, CWSW, Complex health cases).
  • Submitting reports to the Head of Inclusion as required.
  • Attendance to multi agency panels including joint funding panels, complex health panels, CIC panels and FAP.
  • Chairing LA SEND panels.  This includes writing up agenda summary notes, and panel decision notes, and directing officers to complete relevant actions.
  • Track and monitor the performance of case officers; lead and engage in PDR processes.
  • Processing section 19 applications and referrals for pupils with medical needs.
  • Monitoring surveys distributed to service users.
  • Chairing Hub meetings. 


Skills and Experience

  • Must have knowledge of Legislative framework for SEND Detailed knowledge of SEND practices and protocols and inclusion in education
  • Knowledge of current best practice 
  • Will possess a detailed awareness of current national developments in terms of SEND and Inclusion and High Needs funding Significant level of knowledge in relation to the identification of children and young people
  • SEND Knowledge of performance outcomes for LAs and education settings in terms of SEND and Inclusion Knowledge of regulatory frameworks including Ofsted and CQC  is essential for the role
  • A high degree of understanding around the latest research and evidenced based interventions Experience Substantial and relevant experience of working with children and young people in education Significant experience of collaborative and partnership working across a wide of stakeholders including schools, settings, partner organisations, parent and carers and children and young people is required
  • In depth experience of people and budget management 
  • Experience of intra and inter-agency work
  • Experience of managing a range of staff
  • Experience of effective change management and transformation
  • Good understanding of government policy process
  • Experience of analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, report writing and delivery of high quality presentations to a variety of audiences Occupational Skills Strong performance management with ability to audit and evaluate
  • Ability to plan for and implement change effectively to improve services Planning and project management skills
  • Ability to demonstrate effective leadership skills and to motivate teams and partnerships
  • Excellent organisation skills and the ability to organise and prioritise the work of the team effectively to agreed national and local standards
  • Ability to work at a strategic level to develop, manage and sustain innovative service approaches
  • Ability to horizon scan at a national level to predict policy direction and ensure services are planned ahead of policy implementation 
  • Needs to be highly effective communicator able to influence relations with partners
  • Considerable understanding of prudent Budget Management within a context of complex budgets
  • Must have good Presentation skills (written and oral) 
  • Proficient IT skills, e.g. email, word etc are essential


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