SEN and Alternative Provision Commissioning Officer

Posted on 27 September 2023
  • Directorate BHCC: Families Children & Learning
  • Salary £39493 - £42503
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Hove Town Hall

Job Summary

  • Job reference
  • Positions available
  • Working hours
  • Closing date
    This vacancy has closed
  • Job category
    Education & Learning
  • Organisation
    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

This is a fantastic opportunity to progress your career by establishing a new role as Brighton & Hove City Council looks to develop its Alternative Provision arrangements.

Following a positive Area SEND inspection, the council is embarking on its improvement of Alternative Provision by developing the oversight and commissioning arrangements to meet children and young people's needs.

Shortlisting Date: 13th October

Interviews to take place the week of the 30th October

For more information and an informal discussion please contact Richard Barker, Head of School Organisation,

About the role

Brighton & Hove is a great place to work. It is surrounded by the South Downs and the sea, and has easy accessible transport links. Its unique geographic and demographic make-up, makes working in our Families, Children & Learning directorate even more interesting.

You will be joining a committed group of colleagues and working alongside dedicated staff in the city's schools.

The purpose of the role is to enhance what is already being provided and commissioning placements and provision to ensure that children and young people receive access to high quality SEN and AP provision.

Key functions include:

  • shaping and developing the Alternative Provision market and the future direction of support in line with the DfE’s SEND and alternative provision improvement plan
  • leading on the effective commissioning of Alternative Provision in the city
  • Working in co-production with the Parent and Carer Council and Amaze
  • ensuring services are inclusive, accessible and effective
  • establishing and maintaining key partnerships
  • Achieving social value from our commissioning arrangements  

You will also play a crucial role in implementing a quality assurance framework alongside procurement and contract management processes and developing the range and resilience of providers.

You will bring imagination, innovation and a dedication to improving the life chances of all the city's children and young people; alongside the ability to work collaboratively with partners to ensure the right opportunities are there at the right time and of the highest quality.

Please read our Apply for a job at the council ( pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Part office / part home – hybrid -  We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (

Company information

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.


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