Head of SEND and Inclusion
Salary up to £99,063 | London Borough of Camden (with hybrid-working, alternative / flexible working options are available)
Anonymised Application – in keeping with Camden’s commitment to inclusion the recruitment to this role is anonymised and supports the objective of reducing the impact of unconscious bias.
We’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind
This is a unique and exciting opportunity to make a real difference for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in the London Borough of Camden
Reporting to the Director of Education Commissioning & Inclusion, and part of the Education & Inclusion Senior Management Team, you will play a vital role in forging and maintaining strong and resilient relationships with schools, education settings, FE providers, and voluntary sector partners to further improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.
Leading a high-performing and cohesive team, you will inherit a strong SEND partnership; an outstanding track record of coproduction with children, young people, carers and parents; and new Education and SEND strategies which have Equity and Excellence at their heart.
You’ll be tasked with
- Implementing Camden’s new SEND Strategy
- Leading on national initiatives as set out in the SEND & Alternative Provision (AP) Improvement Pan
- Delivering service transformation with a continued focus on timely intervention and inclusive practice
- Leading Camden’s SEND provision: overseeing all operational management, financial control, and statutory duties for the service area.
- Overseeing commissioning for SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) and reviewing the sufficiency of places
- Working with partners across the system to ensuring that co-production is at the heart of service delivery
- Building on a solid foundation (e.g. 99% of EHCP assessments are completed within 20 weeks, positive SEND Local Area inspection 2019) to identify how services can be further improved via training, more consistency, and even better strategic relationships.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS. Please note Camden also offers the DBS update service.
This forward-thinking role calls for a highly-organised individual, with the ability to lead a multi-faceted professional service and to influence a network of partners and officers drawn from across council services (including health agencies, settings and schools, partners in the voluntary and community sectors and service users in the local community.
You’ll need a recognised postgraduate qualification in one of the professional areas within the service (which includes EPs, Senior Teachers and Specialist Teachers), and knowledge of children’s legislative and statutory frameworks in relation to SEND will be required for success.
Camden is a place where everyone can thrive and the council is committed to all its children having the best start in life: enjoying an excellent school experience in an ambitious and inclusive environment, and having opportunities to lead flourishing lives.
We’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind.
Here’s where you can help decide a better future for us all.
We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting people, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.
To find out more about what it is like to work at Camden, meet some of our people by visiting www.camdenjobs.co.uk/our-stories
Inclusion and Diversity
We want Camden Council to be a great place to work and to ensure that our citizens are represented in leadership roles and positions of power. A vital part of this is ensuring we are a truly inclusive organisation that encourages diversity in all respects, including diversity of thinking. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and those of Other Ethnicities, LGBT+, disabled and neurodiverse communities to make a real difference to our residents so that equalities and justice remains at the heart of everything we do
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Closing Date: Monday 25th September 2023