Head of SEND
Our vision for our Borough is “No-one Left Behind.” That means a relentless focus on creating a Borough where all our 211,000 residents have the opportunities to succeed and thrive. We have created a new kind of Council focused on enabling independence and empowering people, changing our culture, how we think and how we approach service delivery, commissioning and partnership working. The futures of our children and young people are paramount. We have the highest proportion of under 16s in the capital and 1700 children and young people with education, health and care plans; our commitment is to give each and every child in the Borough access to good or outstanding education, leaving no-one behind. You will lead on this commitment, establishing a newly imagined service that brings focus to curriculum, pedagogy and outcomes and shapes amazing futures for our children and young people with SEND.
About the role
Our newly configured service brings together responsibility from 0-25 for the oversight of statutory SEN and school improvement requirements, statutory assessment, the quality assurance of special schools and Additional Resourced Provisions (ARPs), early years SEN, our educational health and care team, educational psychologists, and the preparation and oversight of tribunals.
As a member of the Education senior leadership team, and a voice and advocate for children, young people and their families, you will oversee and drive the educational achievement and progress of children and young people with SEND.
You will commission specialist places, overseeing the quality of education and working closely with schools, settings, and partners to achieve high quality outcomes.
Working innovatively, creatively and positively with partners and parents you will achieve the best possible provision and outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
We are looking for someone who will bring creativity and fresh thinking to our approach, grounded in a passionate commitment to securing the best achievement and outcomes for children and young people with SEND. Your strong interpersonal and influencing skills will help us build on our positive work with schools and partners to further develop relationships that deliver results. You will be determined to ensure that parental engagement is maximised and contributes to the design and delivery of our services. You will have a deep understanding of the legislative and financial landscape for SEND coupled with relevant senior management experience in a local authority, school or trust.
Everything we do as an organisation to serve and support our community is guided by our DRIVE values and behaviours, which set our standards for customer excellence and quality. How well you signify, lead and model these values and behaviours will be a vital part of your success in Barking & Dagenham.
The council is committed to improving and advancing equality for all and we want our senior team to reflect the communities we serve. We would particularly like to encourage applicants from a BAME background as well as those who identify as disabled.
How to apply
For further information or to apply please visit our dedicated microsite www.hays.co.uk/jobs/barking-and-dagenham
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 2nd March.
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