Head of Inclusion - Education
Portsmouth City Council
Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth
Job typeFull Time, Permanent
£66,382 - £82,415 Per Annum
24 September 2021
Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the great city in which we live.
DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work. It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of having beautiful countryside on its doorstep. With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries, and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future whilst proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard. With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.
We benefit from strong partnership working and close collaboration with all our partners involved in supporting children and young people, none more so than in education which has the benefit of a well-established Portsmouth Education Partnership, led by the PEP Strategic Board. All education settings (early years, 61 schools, colleges, and the University) are engaged in the Partnership and that includes the 13 Multi Academy Trusts that are responsible for two thirds of our schools.
We have very effective governance and joint working arrangements in terms of our work in special educational needs and disabilities, overseen by the multi-agency SEND Board. The SEND Strategy aims to promote inclusion and improve the outcomes for Portsmouth children and young people aged 0-25 years with SEND and their families and is one of the priorities of the Children’s Trust Plan.
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced leader to provide strategic leadership for SEND in the city and to develop the Inclusion Service even further, building on the service’s already well established and positive reputation, reporting to the Deputy Director for Education. The Inclusion Service covers a broad portfolio of work that extends well beyond SEND and includes a range of statutory and traded services that aim to remove the barriers to achievement for all Portsmouth children and young people, in particular those with special educational needs or those from vulnerable groups.
As Head of Inclusion, you will be responsible for commissioning specialist school places, Inclusion Centres in mainstream schools and Alternative Provision, funded from the High Needs Block of the Dedicated Schools Grant, in addition to managing a cash limit budget of £3.4m and a staffing complement of 70ftes.
A track record of successful service leadership and management in education, ideally covering Inclusion and SEND is essential, as well as experience as a senior leader in an education setting or as an education adviser including responsibilities for Inclusion and SEND. In addition, you will also need to have led strategic and multi-agency work programmes, possess successful budgetary management skills and control in relation to high cost services, procuring and managing large and complex contracts, as well as leading across functional teams in high pressure environments.
This post will require someone who has extensive knowledge and understanding of SEND and Inclusion, as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to SEND, Inclusion and Children’s Services.
If you have a proactive approach, the ability to work flexibly to meet business needs and are committed to working in co-production with families and stakeholders, we would love to hear from you.
For an informal confidential discussion please contact our executive search partners at Faerfield, Dawn Faulkner and Martin Tucker on 0121 312 3755.
Please review the entire candidate pack to see the full details.
How to apply, please see page 9 of the candidate pack – apply via this link: Head of Inclusion – Education Job Vacancy (faerfield.co.uk)
This position will close on Friday 24 September, with interviews to follow shortly afterwards.
We look forward to hearing from you.