Responsibilities:
– Line manage ALS, ensuring staff recruitment, induction, performance reviews and HR policies and procedures are carried out effectively
– Take overall responsibility for the High Need and ALS budget allocation from external funding agencies and oversee ALS distribution of resources across all college curriculum areas
– Designated SENDCO and to oversee the implementation of relevant legislation and to provide tailored advice and guidance to business and curriculum areas
– Looked After Children (LAC) designated person and to work closely with Virtual Head’s to ensure a holistic approach to support whilst at college
– To plan and deliver bespoke training with relation to SEND alongside the colleges staff training needs analysis
– Single point of contact for Local Education Authorities with relation to SEND
– To ensure the college is fulfilling its statutory duties in line with SEND Code of Practice.
– Lead the liaison and negotiation of specialist funding with Local Authorities for students aged 14 to 25 years old to include the management of the EHCP process
– Take overall responsibility for the quality for ALS data and ALS claims and review procedures and protocols where required
– Maintain extensive knowledge of changing funding regulations and particularly those relating to ALS funding
– Report and analyse statistical information about ALS added value and distribution in order to identify ALS patterns and trends to support strategic and curriculum planning
– Ensure assessments are carried in line with college policies and government guidelines to include learners who have disengaged with education and/or with learning difficulties and disabilities, behavioural difficulties, social needs, mental health, other medical conditions
– To manage Service Level Agreements (SLA) with specialist health and care services for SEND and ALS to ensure delivery and support is effective and robust
– In conjunction with the Assistant Principals help to co-ordinate the effective recruitment, guidance and placing of students across the college, including summer schools and work placements, to ensure course suitability for all prospective students
– Provide timely and accurate student and staff data and reports as and when requested
– To represent the college regionally and nationally in partnership and development activities regarding ALS and SEND as and when requested
– To act as a designated safeguarding lead for the college and contribute to the safeguarding and wellbeing of all learners, liaising with outside agencies and undertaking referrals as and when required in accordance with the college’s safeguarding policies and procedures
– Carry out evening Duty Manager Responsibilities as required.

Person Specification:
– Experience of working in a post 16 education environment
– Extensive experience of working with SEND and able to strategically lead with the implementation of legislation and to drive improvement
– Experience of working in conjunction with local authorities, external agencies and of working with parents and carers in relation to learners with additional support needs, safeguarding or Prevent issues
– Extensive experience of identifying and working with various types of learning barriers and establishing effective support plans
– Thorough knowledge of ALS funding methodology and audit requirements
– Knowledge and experience of managing specialist funding
– Knowledge and extensive experience of line managing staff and the ability to motivate and mentor others
– Experience of writing evaluation reports such as SARs and Business Plans
– An extensive understanding of safeguarding issues and relevant OFSTED requirements and a strong commitment to creating a safe and learning environment
– Degree, HND or equivalent professional qualification
– National qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators or relevant equivalent
– Designated safeguarding lead qualification
– Ability to work on own initiative within agreed strategic guidelines
– Demonstrate ability to work effectively with staff from various teams and other agencies in the context of Additional Learning Support and SEND
– Ability to work as a leader and a member of a team
– Flexibility, responsiveness, dedication and passion about Additional Learning Support and government and college strategies related to helping students reengaging with education regardless of age or any other Equality and Diversity protected characteristics
– Personal communication skills of a high order and skilled in liaison and negotiation with others

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