“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 permanent leadership team here in Surrey. Since joining Rachael has spoken honestly about her own leadership style and is open about the need for us to be kind to ourselves and our workforce whilst driving for improvements. Those improvements are well underway even during the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been clear and sustained progress made across our vulnerable learners service as a result of initiatives such as the learning ‘single point of access’ ( L SPA), and a focus on early intervention and the graduated response team providing early intervention support for our vulnerable learners, positive partnership working with our health colleagues and quality and consistent engagement with parents to provide support to name just a few.
For us to continue building on our progress we are looking 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 across Surrey, moving to an area-based management structure that aligns with our model of social care services. Our Assistant Directors will report directly to Liz Mills our well-established Director for Education and Lifelong Learning who champions our ambition for children to achieve their potential and be able to live, learn and grow up locally. There are significant challenges ahead particularly in how we tackle emotional health and wellbeing against the backdrop of COVID- 19 therefore we are looking for applicants who are brave and able to challenge traditional models of working, using their curious outward focus to suggest ways of providing sustainable resources within the SEND space that deliver better outcomes.
As an AD you will lead and manage the specialist teams providing a range of blended professional educational support services, whilst also acting as a countywide lead for one of our specialist service areas. Operating within a complex and sizeable landscape you will ensure that we effectively plan and deliver resources that meet our statutory and non-statutory responsibilities, seeking to improve outcomes for some of our most disadvantaged children and young people. whilst pushing for further improvements across our offer.
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate strong leadership abilities, alongside the professional knowledge and expertise required around preventative and early help services for education. You will recognise the importance and power of partnership working and will be able to evidence this through your previous experience of building successful working relationships with internal services and partners but also with those beyond our direct boundaries. There will be a strong focus on joint working with school leadership teams within your quadrant to ensure there is accountability and a collective focus on improving educational outcomes.
Throughout all that you do, you will champion best practise, leading and working as part of a team that drives to deliver consistently high-quality practice. This will be underpinned by your experience and understanding of high-quality practice in the educational space both nationally and internationally, learning from others and suggesting new ways of working for Surrey to drive continuous improvement for our children and young people.
We believe that 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.
If you are able to work in a large County with all the challenges as well as benefits that this has to offer, then we would like to hear from you
For the full detail of the requirements for this role please refer to the full job description attached at the bottom of this page.Additional Information
To arrange an informal discussion with Liz Mills please contact Lizzie Newton by e-mail at Elizabeth.Newton@surreycc.gov.uk
We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on Sunday 7th March 2021.
Interviews are planned to take place from mid March 2021.
If your application is successfully shortlisted you will be invited to attend a virtual interview. Please note it is anticipated there will be a two-stage selection process for this role.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County 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 community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.Company Information
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