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Place Planning and Sufficiency Officer (SEND and AP)

About the role

The Alternative Provision and Inclusion Team have exciting opportunities for independent, self driven people who want to make a difference to the lives of Cambridgeshire’s children and young people. These permanent positions are ideally suited to data driven individuals with excellent interpersonal skills who excel working in a fast paced and complex environment.

The team has a statutory responsibility:

  • To provide sufficient early years and childcare, school and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) places across Cambridgeshire.
  • To arrange alternative provision for any child who is absent from school for 15 days or more (consecutively or cumulatively) under Section 19 of the Education Act 1996.
  • For arranging suitable education for permanently excluded pupils, and for other pupils who – because of illness or other reasons – would not receive suitable education without such arrangements being made.

We work closely with the Education Capital and Place Planning Service, schools, Academy Trusts, the Department of Education, providers of Alternative Education Provision and SEND services to provide this.

Applicants need to be educated to degree level or equivalent and be able to demonstrate their excellent leadership and communication skills, commitment to Equality and Diversity and ability to think strategically.

We will consider applications for full or part time working, subject to being able to deliver the overall team capacity required. 

More information can be found in the attached job description. 

Please be aware that the scope of this role is under review and changes to the job description may be made in the future. The skills, knowledge and experience of successful candidates will be considered during this process.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 8th August.

For informal enquiries about the role please contact



What will you be doing?

Please see the attached job description.

About you

Please see the attached person specification.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits in addition to the basics like annual leave, sick pay, pension and mileage…

  • A comprehensive wellbeing package to cover all aspects of wellbeing, both in and out of work, which can also be accessed by your family
  • Buy up to 4 weeks additional annual leave (pro-rata) through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Take your bank holidays flexibly to better suit your personal circumstances
  • Make Additional Voluntary Contributions (Shared AVCs) to your pension with tax and National Insurance savings
  • Access to development opportunities, apprenticeships and qualified coaches to support your personal and professional growth
  • Paid volunteering hours each year so you can make a positive impact on our community during your normal working day
  • Access to Peer Support Groups through our IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Opportunities to nominate and receive Employee Recognition Awards
  • An Our Cambs Rewards account, giving you access to in-store and online discounts as well as our Car Lease and Cycle to Work schemes

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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