Pupil Place Planning Manager

Posted 07 June 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Temporary
Discipline Professional & Technical
ContactHannah Harvey

Job description

Job Title: Pupil Place Planning Manager

Location: Flexible hybrid role WFH and Walsall Council

Rate of Pay: Up to £26.70 per hour PAYE or Up to £34.71 per hour Umbrella

Working Hours: Monday to Friday - 37 hours per week

Type: Temporary Ongoing

Opus People Solutions are working with Walsall Council to recruit for a Pupil Place Planning Manager.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To provide strategic guidance on place requirement by providing up-to-date specialist advice on all matters related to the council's statutory responsibilities for school admissions, appeals, children missing education, school organisation and related attendance processes including pupil place planning for EY, SENDI and mainstream pupils.
  • To manage, monitor and evaluate associated resources to ensure they are well used and represent value for money, in line with local policy and procedure.
  • Lead and maintain effective procedures and practices in all aspects of service provision including professional supervision arrangements, safe working practices and employment procedures.
  • To liase with Ofsted, DfE and Regional Partners to ensure sufficiency is delivered within expected timeframes and meets statutory requirements
  • To be responsible for the effective administration of the school organisation and early year processes on behalf of the Local Authority.
  • To be responsible and lead on the consultations on Walsall's school expansion schemes for primary, secondary, and special schools on behalf of Walsall Council.
  • To be responsible for the correct information, guidance and support to schools, staff and governors is accurate, accessible, and well communicated in line with the current legislation.
  • To link and maintain the effectiveness of the Local Authority's midyear admission process, in line with future projections and pupil place planning for Walsall borough for Early Years, Primary, secondary, Post-16 and SENDI.
  • To be responsible for ensuring there are an appropriate number of school places for Early Years, Primary, secondary, Post-16 and SENDI across the borough of Walsall to ensure all children have access to an education of a good standard.
  • Lead on the communications between the LA and school to ensure the quality of work at schools whilst expansions are underway are of an excellent standard
  • Creation of policies and procedures specific to the LA to link with the statutory requirements, ensuring all services are of a high standard.
  • Strategic development and leadership of an effective School Organisation Team across the Access Team.
  • Strategic input into briefings and learning sessions to a range of teams to transfer knowledge so that these teams can assist in implementing policies and procedures relative to the objectives of School Organisation.
  • Deal with disciplinary meetings and grievances from staff should they arise.
  • Ensure both members of staff follow lone working protocols.


  • Evidence ability to deliver effective programmes to ensure sufficiency of school places across the borough.
  • Experience of translating national data to successful local policy.
  • Experience of managing and supervising staff and volunteers, including recruitment, induction, supervision, and training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of national and local early years, school age and post-16 data.
  • Experience of working in partnership with other services.
  • Experience of working strategically within an organisation with the ability to achieve affective and productive partnerships.

For more information or to process your application for this role, please apply online now.