We are seeking to appoint a talented and successful professional with senior-level experience to lead the newly formed SEND and Inclusion Service within the Children’s Services Directorate in Barnsley Council.
The role offers the opportunity to work with a highly regarded team, in a dynamic and exciting Council.
We are looking for someone who has an excellent track record on leading service improvement in the field of SEND and Inclusion and can build and maintain partnerships across the system which improve outcomes for children and young people.
You will provide the Council’s strategic leadership on SEND and Inclusion, continuing our transformational approach to Barnsley’s system wide SEND improvement programme through the development of people, teams and systems. You will ensure the delivery of operational transformation across the service, securing sufficient, effective, efficient and inclusive provision for children and young people with SEND.
We are looking to recruit a highly experienced professional who will have a clear vision and passion for ensuring the best provision for children and young people with SEND and is a champion of and advocate for inclusion. To support this, the service includes our Education Welfare Service and SEND Commissioning.
A track record of recent success in leading and managing in the context of services for children and young people with SEND is essential, as is a thorough and up-to-date knowledge of SEN and inclusion legislation and issues. We are looking for an individual who has successful experience of working closely with stakeholders including children, young people and families, schools, health services and the community/voluntary sector.
This will be a challenging but very rewarding role, you’ll be the designated Lead Officer for all SEND matters and play a crucial role in driving forward the improvement and development of our SEND service, including our SEND improvement programme.
You’ll be an expert in SEND and have extensive knowledge and experience of applying the processes, policies, best practice and statutory regulations relating to children’s special educational needs and disabilities. Experience of working with internal and external partners (to improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND), the ability to manage large budget streams and proven leadership skills are essential.