What Is a Senior SEND Manager?


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  • What is a Senior SEND Manager?
  • What are the responsibilities of a Senior SEND Manager? 
  • What qualifications does a Senior SEND Manager need?
  • What is the average salary of a Senior SEND Manager?
  • Who employs a Senior SEND Manager?
  • What skills does a Senior SEND Manager need?
  • Where the latest Senior SEND Manager jobs are and how to apply for them.
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What Is a Senior SEND Manager?

A Senior SEND Manager is responsible for making sure students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) get the support that they need. They work on strategies to include all students, coordinate with school staff and parents, and handle policies and budgets.

A Senior SEND Manager plays a key role in making schools more inclusive and ensuring they follow the rules for supporting students with special needs.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Senior SEND Manager?

A Senior SEND Manager works closely with school staff, parents, and external agencies, creating strategies for an inclusive learning environment that caters to all diverse needs. 

They also focus on the emotional and social wellbeing of students, aiming for a well-rounded educational experience.

While working as a Senior SEND Manager, you will be required to:

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for the SEND department.
  • Manage and oversee the performance of the SEND team.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to SEND.
  • Collaborate with other senior leaders, educators, and external agencies for effective coordination of SEND services.
  • Oversee the assessment and identification of students with SEND.
  • Monitor and review the progress of students with SEND, making necessary adjustments to interventions and support.
  • Provide training and professional development for staff on SEND-related topics.

Frequently Asked Questions

To become a Senior SEND Manager, you'd usually need a degree in Special Education, Education Leadership, or a related field. Practical experience in managing SEND services and a good grasp of UK SEND laws are also crucial. 

Additional qualifications, such as the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO), is also advantageous to employers.

The average salary of a Senior SEND Manager in the UK can range from £40,000 to £60,000 per year.

However, it is important to note that this number can vary depending on certain factors such as the location of the role and a person's expertise.

The majority of Senior SEND Manager jobs are found within educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities. 

They are also sought after by local authorities, particularly overseeing education and social services, to ensure compliance with regulations and effective delivery of SEND services.

What Skills Does a Senior SEND Manager Need?

A Senior SEND Manager requires good communication skills to build positive relationships with parents, caregivers, and external agencies, as well as guiding staff effectively. 

Understanding UK SEND legislation and policies is vital for ensuring compliance and keeping up with changes in practices. 

Excellent organisational skills are necessary for managing resources, budgets, and coordinating support plans for students with SEND. Being flexible and adaptable is key to handling the dynamic nature of the role and finding innovative solutions to improve outcomes for students. 

Key skills of a Senior SEND Manager include: 

  • Provide strong and effective leadership for the SEND department. 
  • Collaborate and communicate well with diverse stakeholders.
  • Build positive relationships with parents, caregivers, and external agencies. 
  • Possess a comprehensive understanding of UK SEND legislation and policies.
  • Organisational skills to manage resources, budgets, and coordination of support plans for students with SEND. 
  • Commit to ongoing professional development including staying informed about the latest practices and trends in special education.

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