New Cheshire East Council SEND Structure and Posts Announced
I am pleased to be able to share with you the new structure for the SEN Service and names of workers.
We still have a couple of vacancies but from the beginning of January the majority of posts in the structure are now filled. We have a couple of post awaiting employment checks and will bring in additional agency to cover the couple of remaining posts from the New Year.
I will update you as further positions are confirmed.
Changes in Key Manager Posts
You will be aware that Ian Donegani is leaving Cheshire East Council in January to spend more time with his family. I would like to thank Ian for the contribution he has made to SEN over the last four years.
I have decided to create two Head of Service posts for the next 12 months in order to ensure that we can move the improvement of the service forward with greater pace.
I am delighted to inform you that Laura Rogerson will be stepping up into Head of Service - with responsibility for the Locality Teams with immediate effect. Details of the other Head of Service will be provided when this is confirmed.
I am also delighted to inform you that we have now appointed to the three Locality Manager Posts
- Matt Lowe – North
- Chris Broadhurst – Central
- Becky Boothroyd – South
In addition, I recognise that improvements to annual reviews are not progressing at the pace I had hoped. I have therefore put in place an interim annual review team which will be in place until July, when we will review the ongoing capacity needs of the service.
The interim annual review manager is Hannah Greensmith, who is supported by additional key workers and business support.
I am also aware that this is a busy time of year in terms of confirming transition arrangements. I appreciate that this can be an anxious time for children and families and so I have put additional capacity in to support us in confirming these arrangements and provide time to allow for effective transition to new settings.
I hope this demonstrates the continued commitment to ensure we have the capacity and best skills and experience to further improve the SEN services to our children and families.