36 hours per week
As part of our drive to improve services for vulnerable children and young people within the borough, Bexley has established multidisciplinary Early Intervention Teams (EITS), which work closely with schools identifying and supporting children with SEN or AEN, as well as supporting and training school SENCos and other staff. The teams contain professionals from a variety of disciplines in education including Educational Psychologists, Social Emotional and Mental Health Support staff. AEN/SEN Advisors and Education Welfare Officers. There are also two social workers working within the team whose services are bought in by schools. Staff work closely with schools, but also undertake relevant work outside of school settings. Staff also work in a significant number of academies that buy in services through a yearly SLA.
The focus of the teams is on early intervention, seeking to provide support to children young people and their families, who require additional help to achieve successful educational and social outcomes,( but whose needs are not severe enough for them to meet the criteria for higher threshold services). Providing support at an early stage will enable needs to be addressed and ensure that the numbers needing higher level services will reduce over time. EPs in particular within the team do work with higher threshold children, particularly with regard to EHCP applications.
The successful candidate would need to be a qualified teacher or hold a qualification to degree level in an area related to children. They will have significant experience either in teaching or working with children and a thorough understanding of schools and education- particularly in the field of SEN. They will also need to be highly organised. Ideally they would hold a postgraduate qualification in a related field or a management qualification.
The main purpose of the job is:-
- Management of one of the two Early Intervention Teams that support schools in Bexley. This will include organising team meetings day to day management of staff in the team as well as performance management
- Organise and attend (as many as possible) the termly meetings the team has with schools ensure work is allocated appropriately and that minutes are taken and distributed.
- To act in an advisory capacity to schools
- To liaise closely with other team members to coherently plan interventions and prevent the need for higher threshold services arising in terms of learning and inclusion.
- To support the Principal Educational Psychologist /Head of EIT in other tasks such as coordinating SLA with schools, data collection and analysis and other organisational tasks.
- Ideally, the candidate would be able to offer organisational line manager to our Senior Social Worker.
If you have the relevant skills and experience to join our service and help to develop its future, please submit an application.
For an informal discussion about the post, please contact either Brenda Tubbs (Principal Educational Psychologist/ Head of EIT) on 0203 045 4214, or Mike Johnston (EIT Manager) on 020 3045 4469
We offer attractive benefits, including flexible working and job sharing, performance related pay, a generous holiday allowance, a career average revalued earnings pension scheme, a generous relocation allowance and ample training and continuing professional development opportunities. Our *Choices Flexible Benefits Package includes lease car, and cash options to the value of £2,253 per annum.
Please visit https://jobs.bexley.gov.uk/wrlive to find out more and apply. CVs will not be accepted unless they are submitted with a completed application form.
Closing date: 4th December 2016
Anticipated Interview Date: 16th December 2016
Job reference number: CS0000065
Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.