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Head of SEND

Education - Non School


Bolton Council

Salary:                   Soulbury 16-19 £55,854 - £59,625
Hours:                   37 hours
Contract:             Permanent

Reporting to the Assistant Director, Inclusive Education & Learning, you will play your part in moving our education service forward, leading the development of collaborative approaches that focus on the holistic needs of each child in the context of their families and communities, creating whole system approaches that tackle some of our more intractable challenges around outcomes, attainment and behaviour.

You will provide drive and leadership to our SEND strategy, ensuring that to all our children and young people, including our most vulnerable, start well. You will lead and develop the Council’s high quality and effective SEND strategy and manage the SEND Service including statutory assessment and review and the management of low incidence support services.

You will lead and champion inclusive practice for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability), including working closely with school leadership teams to further develop and enhance their SEND offer.

We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic person with great interpersonal skills and the capacity to forge first class relationships and effective multi-agency working. You will be passionate about providing excellent services for children with SEND, determined that all children should have the best start in life, and that means access to high quality education for all.

In Bolton, we have set a clear direction of travel; in partnership we are forging ahead to 2030 with a vision of a town and borough built on strong cohesive communities, successful businesses, and healthy residents. Our big aspiration for our children and young people is that they all have access to high quality education, reaching their full potential and leading happy and fulfilling lives. You will be central to the delivery of this aspiration.

We are making good progress. Ofsted have given our Social Care services a Good rating. Our health and social care integration is moving forward with pace and purpose. And we are successfully remodelling our finances to protect the sustainability of our services to children and young people.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A DBS check is therefore required for this post.

This post is a designated customer facing role under the fluency duty and requires a specified level of spoken English as per the person specification.

This organisation has signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment. That means we will recognise your continuous or ‘unbroken’ service in any Greater Manchester local authority or NHS organisation, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service or Greater Manchester Combined Authority, giving you access to our service-related benefits.

To see if you are suited to this role, please review the job description.   Job Description.docx

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working hours

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application deadline

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22nd Mar 2021