Independence Lead – Fixed Term

This is a Gloucestershire County Council job.

  • Job Title:                            Independence Lead
  • Job Location:                     Shire Hall, Block 5, 3rd Floor 
  • Salary:                               £28,900 – £32,020 per annum 
  • Hours per Week:               37.00 
  • Contract Type:                   Fixed Term 
  • Duration:                            Two years 
  • Closing Date:                     04/06/2023 
  • Job Requisition Number:   6264 
  • This post is not open to job share


Are you passionate about supporting young people with various Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities?


This is initally a 2 year fixed term contract.



About the team & role:

GCC is committed to ensuring that all students are able to access education and will continue to meet all its statutory duties which are outlined in the Education Act 1996, Education and Inspections Act 2006, Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance and Home to School Travel for Pupils Requiring Special Arrangements Guidance.

Your role within the team will assist GCC to fulfil its statutory obligations in ensuring we provide appropriate Home to School travel assistance to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

As an Independence Lead you will assist GCC in ensuring the effective delivery of travel training is made to enable access to education for those children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities who are recognised as receptive to this support. This will be achieved by providing safe and appropriate arrangements which meet the needs of individual children and young people which offer best value for money – with a focus on personalisation and providing opportunities to develop young people’s travel independence and skills for the future.


Your focus will be on delivering travel training to young adults to prepare them for adulthood and independence either in a 1-2-1 environment or classroom based setting.



About you:


We are looking for someone with excellent communication and organisational skills to use their own initiative, to identify needs and to achieve positive outcomes for young people with SEND and their travel needs. 


You will work in an environment where your interpersonal skills are key to working co-operatively; with children’s services, health agencies, schools, families, and other transport-based services, to provide the most effective service for children, young people, and families with SEND in our community. 

Assisting in the responsibility for planning and coordinating the best possible travel solutions for the needs of the individual children and young people. This position is a great opportunity for a confident, patient, and caring individual to work in a high rewarding role, ensuring children and young people get the support and families the guidance they require.
Previous experience or knowledge of supporting Children & Families with SEND is essential. 




About us: 

As part of the team in return for your hard work you will receive:
•    Flexible and agile working opportunities
•    Annual leave entitlement of 25.5 days rising to 30.5 after 5 years continuous service (pro rata)
•    Supportive and positive working environment
•    Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
•    Access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential, counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone
•    Cycle to Work scheme
•    Links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) network and the Young Employees Network.
•    Gloucestershire Salary Sacrifice Green Car Scheme (T&Cs apply)


How to Apply:

If you want to be part of a creative, skilled, friendly, and passionate team then please express your interest by clicking the “Apply Now” button.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of the role, please contact Tim Griffiths tel: 07342 085039 or tim.griffiths@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

Closing date – Friday 26th May 2023
Short-listed candidates will be contacted by e-mail and invited to interview during early June. 



Additional Information

To access the Job Profile for this role, please follow the link below:-

Independent Travel Training Lead Officer Job Profile

This Position is subject to a DBS check.

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities.  Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for the majority of our roles, giving teams the opportunity to work in a way that suits them, balancing service need and individual choice, with a mix of both remote and office working.

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