Assistant Director- Inclusion and Additional Needs

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£80,977- £92,278 per annum
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Education & Learning
Surrey County Council
SCC: Children, Families & Learning

Job Introduction

£80,977- £92,278 per annum for working 36 hours per week.

"We’re constantly pushing ourselves to do better for children, young people and their families.”

These are the words of our new Executive Director of Children’s Services, Rachael Wardell the latest addition to our leadership team here in Surrey. We are determined to provide the very best for every child, ensuring good is good for everyone. To do this, we are seeking two new Assistant Directors of Inclusion and Additional Needs to grow our capacity for strategic thinking and delivery across the educational services we provide to support the learning of our most vulnerable children and young people.

We have made clear and sustained progress across our services. As one of our new Assistant Directors, you will play a key part in continuing to drive forward successful initiatives such as our; learning 'single point of access' (L-SPA); focus on early intervention and graduated response; positive partnership working with our health colleagues; and quality and consistent engagement with parents and carers to provide support.

Operating within our area-based management structure, you will provide leadership to a range of blended professional educational support services including; Inclusion, educational psychology; SEND casework, specialist teaching and more. In ensuring that we meet our statutory and non-statutory responsibilities, you and your services will drive positive outcomes for some our most disadvantaged children and young people whilst always pushing for further improvements.

This is a leadership role, and as such, we will be looking to you to drive positive cultural change, embody our behaviours and values in all that you do, and ensure the effective implementation of all corporate initiatives and transformation programmes you lead.

About you

You will be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills in a complex operating environment, and professional knowledge and expertise around preventative and early help services for education.

We are looking for candidates who are brave and able to challenge traditional models of working to deliver improved outcomes for children, young people, and their families in a sustainable way.

To succeed in this role, you will build upon our  well established partnerships as a strong collaborator and confident system leader, ensuring there is collective focus and accountability on improving educational outcomes.

You will be comfortable leading and working as part of a team that drives and champion’s best practice. By learning new ways of working from industry colleagues both nationally and internationally, you will create a service that ensures our children are able to achieve their full potential, and are able to live, learn and grow up locally.

Surrey is a place where you can make a personal impact to the lives of children and young people. By contributing to the creation of a positive and welcoming culture you will inspire and nurture the mix of professionals under your care to strive for continued and sustained progress across the range of educational and learning support services we provide.

Should I apply? let us help

We appreciate putting yourself forward for a new role needs to be a considered and informed decision and we want to make sure you have all you need before applying. Please do feel free to get in touch for a confidential and informal conversation please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Alex Hayes (0113 205 6109) from our recruitment partners, GatenbySanderson who are acting as our employment agency advisor for these appointments. Or for more information about the role please visit 

Please note the closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 13th June 2021.