The SEN team provides a service that ensures identification and assessment of special educational needs are completed to statutory timescales. We provide a range of advice and support to schools on all aspects of identification and assessment of pupils with SEN including:
Statutory assessment of children with SEN
Placements of children with statements of SEN/EHC Plans
Statement Management Service
Statement Monitoring service
Advice and Conciliation service
SEN finance – statement support (delivered in partnership with CYPS Finance Team)
Management Information (delivered in partnership with Management Information Team)
Use of SEN Panel as a decision making body
Strategic Planning – planning the long term provision for pupils with SEN in the borough
Management and oversight of Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) funding applications to independent specialist colleges.
Schools Human Resources
Your schools workforce is your biggest asset and highest cost to any school. With school budgets coming under increasing pressure it is important that you have the right structures, people and policies to develop and deliver your school’s tangible school improvement priorities.
Schools HR staff have a vast experience of schools’ legislation and terms and conditions of employment and operate at the highest standards of professional competency to support schools. The schools HR team have been working in partnership with schools across the borough for many years.
We aim to deliver a personal and focused service that is reliable, flexible, confidential and responsive and tailored to suit your needs.
We have knowledge of Schools & Council policies and procedures and work to continually develop policies that are compliant with ACAS guidelines and employment case law and which have been consulted on with School trade unions so that they are ready for your Governing Board to adopt.
We offer high quality HR advice and guidance in order to ensure that statutory and contractual employment responsibilities are met by the school and the Local Authority where applicable.
Established strong working relationships with schools, LA colleagues, trade unions, professional associations and established links with regional and local employer associations.
Lambeth Legal Services is able to provide education providers in Lambeth and beyond with professional and efficient legal services.
By bringing together specialist lawyers in the fields of Education, Employment, Property, Contract, Procurement and Information & Data Security Law, the team can offer an effective legal service aligned to the needs of local schools and academies.
Lambeth Legal services provides chargeable services for the following:
Advice and assistance on legal issues around the running of a school such as, but not limited to:
• Contract drafting and disputes
• Employment litigation, advice and assistance
• Freedom of information and data protection
• Nuisance and abusive visitors
• Parental disputes
• Procurement Advice
• Property advice
• Property related issues and school governance
• Pupil exclusions
• School discipline and attendance
• Training and briefings on legal issues of importance to schools
We will also advise on:
• Special educational needs matters and judicial review proceedings where there is no conflict with the authority
• This predominantly involves representation in proceedings in the Employment Tribunal. The scheme is intended to supplement the advice received from a school’s personnel provider from the point that proceedings are started in a Tribunal or Court.
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