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Fee-paid Education Panel Members for the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW)

Closing date:  29 October, 2019 - 13:00

Salary:  £260.00 a day

Location:  Wales

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The JAC has been asked to identify 6 candidates to recommend as Fee-paid Education Panel Members for the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW). 

This appointment presents an important opportunity to contribute to the work of a small, independent tribunal, making decisions on some of the most vulnerable young people.

About the Tribunal

The Tribunal considers appeals, in English and Welsh, against decisions made by local education authorities in Wales about the special educational needs of children. The Tribunal also adjudicates on disputes relating to disability discrimination in schools in Wales made under the Equality Act 2010.

About the role

The main activities for the role include:

  • read and assimilate papers in a case before it commences
  • take an active role in hearings, taking notes, demonstrating familiarity with key issues including relevant legislation, contributing to the tribunals decision
  • think clearly, analytically and strategically identifying key issues whilst treating everyone fairly
  • avoid any conflict of interest with parties to a dispute referred to the tribunal (this means that lay members will not be able to appear before the tribunal either as an expert witness or as a witness of fact)
  • demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • show awareness and respect of cultural and other differences including differences in age, beliefs, gender, race, religious customs and sexual orientation
  • be able to think independently and strategically and exercise sound judgement in a sensitive environment;

The Tribunal is administered in Llandrindod Wells and hearings are conducted across all regions of Wales. Candidates must be available to hear cases and travel independently throughout Wales and be able to stay overnight where necessary.

Who can apply

This exercise is open to those with current knowledge and practical experience of working with children with special educational needs and disabilities within a professional capacity. 

Candidates must also have knowledge and practical experience of the relevant special educational needs and disability statutory frameworks and practice currently operating in Wales.

The Tribunal would be looking for:

  • headteachers or teachers in special educational needs schools or classes
  • educational psychologists and psychiatrists
  • speech and language therapists

Candidates must not be eligible for appointment as a Chair. This forms part of the eligibility requirement set out by the Welsh Government that no appointee holds legal professional qualifications of which would enable them to become a Chair of this Tribunal.

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of a bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. Welsh language skills are required for at least 1 out of the 6 posts available.

Candidates must satisfy nationality requirements by being a citizen of the United Kingdom, another Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland. Other European Union citizens are not eligible to apply.

In addition, candidates should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, in this case 5 years.

About the selection process

Candidates will be required to complete an online application containing basic details, including their personal profile, character profile and will be required to demonstrate their suitability in meeting the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

The number of applications received will determine the means by which candidates are shortlisted. If we receive a large number of applications, an online qualifying test will be used. The test will be available to sit between 7am and 9pm on 14 November. The test can be taken at a place convenient to the candidate, all they need is access to a computer, laptop or tablet with a stable internet connection. If an online test is not necessary, shortlisting will be against the eligibility criteria only, taking account of the information provided in candidates’ statements of suitability.

Those who are shortlisted will be invited to attend a selection day comprising competency-based questions and situational questions. Further details will be provided when the exercise opens.

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