Beverley Clarke: What's my job... multi-professional team manager
There is no such thing as an average week in my working life, but to take one at random: Monday: interviewing all day for a new head of pupil-referral unit.
Tuesday: a planning meeting on working with schools to create extended schools. Then a meeting with my area specialists who deal with pupils out of school to examine how to get our resources to meet the needs of pupils with long-term absence.
Wednesday: I meet monthly with the leaders of each of the eight services to discuss targets, difficult casework and budgets. Today I have three lots of supervision and a meeting examining county performance in relation to looked-after children.
Thursday: children's service leadership team meeting followed by training in budget monitoring.
Friday: meeting to plan response to workforce remodelling.
In between, I'm negotiating a place for a pupil with complex needs at one of our schools. Now at a special school, "Joshua" is about to move to Surrey. He has Asperger's syndrome and learning difficulties. I am negotiating with a mainstream school with a specialist unit to enhance their provision so that Joshua has support from specialist assistants, therapists and from the multi-professional team so that the transition is as smooth as possible.
Beverley Clarke works for Surrey children's service. She was talking to Carolyn O'Grady