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Head of SEN

Sheffield City Council
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
£61,249 to £65,763
Closing date
31 Jul 2022
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We are an authority that has been on a major improvement journey, and we look to the future with a renewed sense of purpose where we are making a real difference to children and families in the city.

Our Education and Skills Service is part of our People Services Portfolio bringing together children’s and adult’s services into a single all-age service, focused on supporting the learning, health, wellbeing, safety and economic prosperity of the people of Sheffield and will play an important role in building on the recent White Paper and the future of the local authority.

We are seeking to recruit a leader to build on the significant improvements of the Special Educational Needs and Disability service and meet the statutory responsibilities for children and their families.

You will ensure that Local Authority services are responsive and flexible with regard to the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and their families and that these are delivered to a high standard.

You will lead and develop a range of specialist professionals (including the Autism Team, Educational Psychologists and Hearing and Visually Impairment service) to deliver high quality performance and have a positive impact on outcomes for children.

We are looking for  

  • A clear passion for providing excellent services that support and safeguard children  
  • An understanding and knowledge of special needs provision and associated legislation, which underpins the statutory assessment process and inclusion agenda
  • A relentless focus on driving improvements, forming collaborative partnerships and influencing key stakeholders and demonstrating impact through improved performance
  • The ability to facilitate, engage and maintain excellent partnership working and contribute to effective partnership structures with a range of partners including schools and health
  • A proven track record in change management within the education system with excellent collaboration and communication skills

This is an exciting time to join Sheffield City Council and an opportunity to make a real difference and we welcome your application

We are investing in our workforce and are promoting opportunities to our under-represented groups.  We value equality, diversity and inclusion and are focused on increasing the diversity of our workforce, particularly the number of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Disabled and LGBTQ+ people, so that our teams reflect the communities in the city we serve. We are also supporting staff with unpaid caring responsibilities to work flexibly.

Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

Full-time employees work 37 hours for 52 weeks of the year and we offer a generous holiday entitlement. We are open to discussions about a wide range of flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the Council, including reduced hour contracts, working part time or as a job share.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment.  All successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

You will support Portfolio Business Continuity as part of an on-call rota to provide co-ordination of critical incidents, should these occur.

If you would like to make an informal enquiry about the post please contact

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