Interim Director of Education, Inclusion and Achievement | London | £ Negotiable
Interim Director of Education, Inclusion and Achievement | London | £ Negotiable

Interim Director of Education, Inclusion and Achievement | London | £ Negotiable

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Interim Director of Education, Inclusion and Achievement | London | £ Negotiable


  • To provide strategic leadership to deliver the educational outcomes, school improvement, school place planning, and inclusion policy for children and young people in partnership with maintained and non-maintained schools in the Council.
  • To deliver a high quality 0-25 SEND service and inclusive education policy for all disabled children and young people.
  • As a member of the Divisional Management Team (DMT), to work collaboratively with other management team colleagues and external stakeholders to achieve the Directorate service plans and priorities.
  • Management and oversight of all aspects of the budget responsibility for all functions in the Education, Inclusion and Achievement Service including Dedicated School Budget (including High Needs Block and Early Years) Education Commissioning Budgets (including Disabled Children Services and SEN Services).
  • Staff management responsibility for a range of diverse professional disciplines across multiple service areas, within the Education, Inclusion and Achievement Service.
  • To act as the Council’s professional expert adviser on a portfolio of educational services and have line management responsibility for directly delivered functions.
  • To lead on the development and maintenance of high quality, effective partnerships with education providers in the borough that deliver the best possible educational outcomes for children and families.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of statutory requirements for education provision and the local authority.
  • To engage with a wide range of educational professionals (including Headteachers, Principals and Governors) on issues of school improvement including pedagogy, curriculum design, leadership/management/governance of schools and colleges.
  • To negotiate and agree improvement targets with learning organisations from early years settings to schools and colleges.
  • To maintain up to date and comprehensive knowledge of the latest research on school provision, including relating to organisational characteristics, provision for different pupil groups and the OFSTED inspection framework.
  • To safeguard children and young people and manage risk in protecting children and young people in education provision.
  • To lead the service improvement of education services in line with council policy.
  • To be responsible for:

Access and Infrastructure

School Improvement

SEND – 0-25

The Virtual School


  • To direct and keep under review the Corporate Plan, division specific service strategies and the divisional service plan in order to ensure that the Council fulfils its duties and delivers the agreed aims and outcomes for your division.
  • To work in partnership with internal colleagues and external stakeholders in an integrated, holistic and cross-cutting way to achieve delivery of those outcomes.
  • To take a “one Council” approach to deliver more effective outcomes and at all times avoid a siloed or single service area approach.
  •   To work creatively to develop ways of sharing good and innovative practice at a local and national level.
  • To ensure the Council’s commitment to put people at the heart of all we do by fully engaging residents in the development of ideas, strategies and policies as well as the co-design, co-production, and joint decision making approaches is implemented throughout the division following the professional leadership of and models developed by the Resident Engagement division.
  • To contribute fully to the development and implementation of all corporate strategies and the Council’s vision and to act as a major project or programme Senior Responsible Owner to lead and ensure the implementation of specific corporate projects as required.
  • To actively develop and promote the Council’s vision and values through personal leadership to ensure they are delivered throughout the organisation.
  • To deliver on appropriate service quality measures, targets and outcomes for accountable assessment and that act upon resident and stakeholder perceptions and to seek out more transparent accountability mechanisms for delivery in the division.
  • To build effective partnerships and communication strategies in order to harness effectively the public, private, voluntary sector and community resources that can help to deliver the Council’s vision.
  • To be one of the Council’s (officer level) representatives in partnerships.
  • To work collaboratively with the trade unions on matters of mutual interest to improve services and solve problems in a coherent and integrated manner.
  • To promote a positive public image of the Council.
  • To provide high level strategic direction and policy advice to the Chief Executive, Corporate Management team, the Mayor, Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny, all Members and Full Council.
  • To manage and direct the services within the division in order to ensure that they deliver effective and efficient services and that they set and achieve high standards of performance and that they provide best value.
  • To manage and regularly monitor work programmes, budgets, performance indicators and quality targets to ensure that the services in the division meet agreed objectives, key performance indicators and income targets.
  • To provide the Council, Mayor, Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny and other council bodies as required with appropriate reports and professional advice to enable them to discharge their functions in an effective and efficient way, and to display the highest standards of ethical governance.
  • To performance manage specific services in the division, building a valued, confident, developed, agile, empowered and innovative workforce.
  • To uphold the internal control system that safeguards the residents’ interest in the appropriate use of council resources and ensure the system is respected and adhered to by all staff in the division.
  • To ensure the effective management of data and security of information received and used within the division, to comply with the relevant legislation such as GDPR and the Freedom of Information Act recognising that the Council wishes to operate in the most open and transparent way.
  • To ensure performance appraisal procedures are carried out and that there is full compliance with the Council’s HR policies and procedures, including sickness absence, conduct, capability, business reorganisation and Health and Safety.
  • To participate in the overall Council budget setting process and once agreed, work within that set budget to deliver the required outcomes in a way that delivers value for money both for residents and the Council.
  • To plan and keep under review the services within the division to control the budgets within it, manage risk effectively and ensure accountability.
  •   To lead the service to operate in the most cost effective and efficient way, driving a continuous improvement mind-set among staff.
  • To participate in the directorate and organisational change that is needed in order to ensure the services play their full part in achieving the Council’s vision and values.
  • Drive improvement in customer and community focus, performance, productivity, budget, managerial efficiency and workforce changes to deliver improved outcomes for the people of the Borough.
  • Model the new behaviours required of all staff in terms of equality, ethical behaviour, effective internal control, agility, transparency, openness, community empowerment and engagement.
  • To promote and champion equality and diversity in the delivery of all Council activities, service provision and employment practice.
  • To ensure that all services are maintained to the required standards as directed by business continuity and resilience policies.
  • To participate in the Council’s emergency arrangements as an on call member of the strategic or tactical response team at the appropriate level.
  • To ensure that Health & Safety legislation and the Council’s Health & Safety requirements are all complied with.
  • To work evenings, weekends and occasional public holidays, in order to meet service requirements as required.

Key skills & experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent level of work experience at a senior level relevant to the field.
  • Appreciation of major reforms and best practice relating to service area.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of issues/challenges for the service, nationally/regionally and locally.
  • Track record of successfully delivering complex programmes or projects relating to the service area.
  • Knowledge of current issues and statutory and regulatory requirements for service area.
  • People management at an organisational level including motivation, performance and capability.
  • Providing strategic leadership to a range of functions, maximising efficiency, different delivery models and improving performance.
  • Commissioning or delivering operations at a senior level.
  • Effective Partnership working at a senior level.
  • Leading, managing and delivering transformational change in a complex organisation.
  • Experience of the application and development of Digital solutions in a changing environment.
  • Managing budgets, financial information and the budget setting process at a senior level.
  • Understanding, appreciating and working within the political context and environment at a senior level.
  • A detailed understanding and awareness of the inspection regime for the designated area of service.
  • Ability to plan and work towards a long term strategic vision and translate that vision into reality.
  • Ability to develop, implement and monitor appropriate qualitative and quantitative indicators to measure the performance of the service.
  • Ability to use management information to judge service performance and to devise and implement service improvement strategies.
  • Ability to translate corporate policies into tangible service improvements.
  • Ability to contribute to corporate projects on behalf of the Service.
  • Ability to manage a large regulatory public service and to devise innovative solutions to service delivery.
  • Ability to assess the impact of legislative or administrative changes affecting the service including health and safety issues and to proactively implement changes to comply with those requirements.
  • Ability to listen and respond sensitively to the needs of the community and structure the service around the needs of customers.
  • Ability to build effective and productive working relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to manage, lead and motivate staff and foster their development.
  • To relate to and work with people at all levels

Please send in your CV or call us on 020 7760 7562.

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