SEND Improvement, Innovation and Inspection Lead

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Part time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 03/04/2024 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
£44,428-£48,474 pro rata
Weekly Hours:
Vacancy ID:
Closing date:
3 Apr
Further Information
Peterborough requires to have someone to focus on developing a SEF, supporting the area’s strategic approach to SEND and preparations for SEND area inspections and visits by Ofsted/CQC, DfE and NHS England.

A lot of good work has taken place in terms of service delivery, development and actions following on from the Written Statement of Action in 2019 and Area Visit in 2022 which marked sufficient progress in four out of the five action areas identified.

Following decoupling from Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council has established this role to work with the Executive Director for Children’s Services, the Service Director of Education and the Head of SEND and Inclusion and:

• Act as the key contact and lead with partners, particularly the Integrated Children’s Board (ICB) in relation to inspection and improvement activity
• To lead on development and updating of SEND SEFs
• To lead on the preparation for inspection
• To establish and maintain key information that will be submitted to inspection teams, including establishing and maintaining processes to keep information up to date, working with the DCS, Service Directors, Heads of Service, ICB and NHS provider colleagues, Family Voice, and partners (including Annex A information)
• To support regular preparation meetings throughout the year so that Peterborough is in the best place to respond to inspections and reviews
• To act as the key point of contact during inspections (Ofsted and HMIP)
• To lead the action plan and response following inspection
• To support the development of a SEND strategic plan for 2024
• To support the development of the Peterborough area SEND Executive Board
• Prepare and present reports and presentations to stakeholders including elected members
• Undertake risk management and contingency planning, compliance with relevant constitutional and government requirements
• The work necessarily involves close working with performance functions, ICT (including enabling effective casework and performance systems and storage of evidence) as well as direct work with service areas, partners, settings and schools.

Skills and Experience required:
• Needs to have a detailed working knowledge of appropriate legislation, regulations, policies and procedures relating to Ofsted/CQC inspection frameworks for Children’s Services and SEND – and an ability to apply these to the Peterborough context.
• Ability to be hands on – to create and deliver work, rather than solely act as a conduit, asking others to do the work. It is essential that this role adds capacity rather than coordination and reflection. We need a “doer”
• Able to create documents, PowerPoints to a high standard
• Able to provide clear, concise analysis and documentation where impact from activity is always evident to reflect the work taking place in Peterborough
• Able to provide high quality work to deadlines

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to reflect this diversity, which we believe is beneficial for our employees, the organisation, and the communities we serve.
Please note
This job is closed for applications.