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Job vacancy: Whole School SEND (“WSS”) Regional SEND Leader North-West, Lancashire & West Yorkshire

24 May 2023|09:04

WSS Regional SEND Leader for the Lancashire and West Yorkshire region


North West (Lancashire West Yorkshire RSC region)

Secondment fee:

£500 per day (payable to the school)

Contract Type: Fixed term contract until 31 March 2024


A minimum commitment of 35 days a year, on an approximately one day a week basis. Applicants need to be flexible, as the nature of the work requires flexibility

Closing Date:

Position will remain open until suitable candidate is found, please apply asap to avoid disappointment

Start Date: From 1 September 2023, with some ‘handover days’ before this date

About Whole School SEND

The Whole School SEND (WSS) Consortium is part of a growing member community committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. The work of the consortium is based on the principle that the knowledge and expertise needed to develop the workforce already exists in the system and that knowledge exchange can occur through effective collaboration.

From 2016 to 2022, the Department for Education funded the Whole School SEND Consortium to build capacity in the system through a strategic, school-led, review-based approach. In 2022, we were awarded the DfE’s ‘Universal SEND Services’ contract which runs until 25, and in the delivery of which our Regional SEND Leaders play a crucial role.

Since its inception in 2016, the WSS member community has grown to more than 20,000 schools, practitioners, policy influencers, charitable organisations, parents, children and young people. It has brought together key stakeholder organisations from across the SEND community and encouraged collaboration between them.

A regionalised model of delivery and development, responsive to local contexts, will continue to be an essential part of the growth and sustainability of the consortium and its work. This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of SEND in your region. We have a wide-ranging programme of work planned, including delivering CPD webinars and leading Professional Development Groups, as well as maintaining and extending regional networks.

About nasen

nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) is a membership charity organisation that supports all education practitioners. We provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD), resources, advice, information and much more to enable all staff to meet the needs of all their pupils.

nasen leads on a number of programmes, including the Whole School SEND (‘WSS’) Consortium, a group of individuals and organisations committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Through WSS, nasen delivers the Universal Services contract for the Department for Education to support schools and settings to identify and meet needs of pupils with a view to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND. We also work with a wide range of educational settings and organisations, both nationally and internationally, to support their offers for learners with SEND.

About the role

The Regional SEND Leader will be seconded to work closely with the Regional SEND team, Head and Deputy Head of Whole School SEND, the consortium’s National Leaders of SEND and National Coordinators to support the delivery of the work of WSS within a defined geographical area and develop strong cross sector, phase and organisational relationships.

A full job description for this role is attached.

Application process

To apply for the role, please send your CV along with a short statement that explains why you are interested in the role and your suitability.

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Position will remain open until suitable candidate is found, please apply asap to avoid disappointment.