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INTERNAL - Head of Education, Learning and Skills

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full Time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/09/2018 09:00
£81,550 - £89,161
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Education Officers/Management
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Badminton Road
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
17 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

An opportunity has arisen for a secondment to act as the interim Head of Education Learning and Skills from the end of October for a period of 5 to 6 months.

This post is primarily based at the council offices at Badminton Road, Yate.

This role will provide strategic direction and leadership for core education services for which the Council has responsibility and for liaison with other providers of education and training. The role is key to enabling the Council to realise its priority of improving educational standards, especially in secondary education and for disadvantaged pupils. It will enable the Director and Lead Member (who is also the Leader of the Council) to fulfil their statutory roles in respect of the education of children and young people in South Gloucestershire.

This is a leadership role within the Department for Children, Adults & Health making a strategic contribution to the direction and operation of the department as a member of the senior leadership team. This role has seven direct reports, each leading their own area of specialism, with the overall function containing around 53 full time equivalent staff. The overall budget for the function is c. £40 million, for which the post holder is accountable.

If you are interested in applying for this position please download and complete an Expression of Interest form.
Please email your Expression of Interest to HRServiceCentre@Southglos.gov.uk , by 9:00am on the 17th September 2018.

If you would like to apply on the secondment opportunity please seek your line managers permission before applying

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

The role takes responsibility for leading the agenda of the Council in respect of education policy and scrutiny matters.

Additionally, this role is accountable for:
• Strategic planning and commissioning of school and early years provision
• The development and implementation of school admissions and transport policies and exclusions.
• Promoting the highest possible standards of childcare and education for children and young people, and ensuring robust challenge to all schools and settings in respect of standards and progress;
• Identifying, providing or commissioning support for and intervening, as necessary, in schools which are vulnerable or causing concern to bring about rapid improvement;
• Ensuring that vulnerable or disadvantaged children and young people have access to the best possible educational opportunities and achieve their maximum potential;
• Ensuring that there is high quality alternative provision for children excluded from school, and that young people in custody receive high quality education;
• Ensuring effective working relationships across education, health and care so that children with special educational needs are able to access high quality education that meets their needs;
• Maintaining strong working relationships with head teachers and governors of Local Authority maintained schools, academy sponsors and head teachers, the Diocesan Authorities, other Local Authorities, local colleges of further and higher education and local employers, to improve educational outcomes for children and young people in South Gloucestershire;
• Providing leadership to the Virtual Head Teacher responsible for the education of children in care to ensure the best possible outcomes;
• Ensuring that the Council delivers its responsibility for adult and community learning.

Selection Criteria
To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria below:

• Must have professional educational qualification relevant to the local education authority functions of the council.
• Substantial record of senior leadership achievement and experience; developing strategies and translating them into effective operational plans.
• Broad knowledge of public sector service delivery, through direct provision and commissioning.
• Business acumen to create an environment where management of cost and service user satisfaction are achieved.
• Strong partnership skills to build strategic partnerships and relationships which create joined up solutions to complex issues for service users and residents.
• Experience or knowledge of working effectively and impartially with elected members (councillors).
• Exemplifying the Council's values and behaviours.

Desirable - There are no desirable criteria in relation to this post

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, please telephone Helean Hughes, Head of Education, Learning and Skills on 01454 863268 or Chris Sivers, Director of the Department for Children, Adults and Health on 01454 865900.

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business.

Salary: £81,550 - £89,161

Hours: Full Time, 37 per week

Closing Date: 09:00 on 17 September 2018

Apply to: HRServiceCentre@southglos.gov.uk

Interview date: Proposed to be held on the afternoon of 21 September 2018

Our Values

Our staff need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. They must work well with others to reach a common goal and be willing to embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. They must use their initiative to deliver and take responsibility for their performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and must make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services. Our managers are also required to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate their staff to achieve.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

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