Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
Education Improvement Adviser SEND (cross phase) Full time 1 year fixed term contract in the first instance
Please note: The salary range for this post is £48,230-£52,353. Once you are in post, you will have the opportunity to gain up to 3 SPA points, should you meet the criteria.
The Education Service's delivery is a crucial part of the London Borough of Hillingdon's commitment to putting our residents first in everything that we do.
We are looking for an Education Improvement Lead specialising in Primary and Special schools to deliver a professional and efficient service for the borough.
About the role
You will be an expert representative of the Council's views and decisions.
As the Education Improvement Adviser for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, you will be responsible for the local authority's work strand in challenging and supporting a group of link schools across all phases, working as a lead member of the Education Improvement and Partnership Service at the London Borough of Hillingdon. You will provide a front-line lead role in establishing and maintaining a strong working relationship with school leaders and academies; working together to deliver excellent outcomes for Hillingdon learners.
Identifying and planning intervention to support schools in providing the best support to their children with SEND will be key to the role. You will work closely with the local authority SEND teams to support schools. In addition, you will maintain an accurate and up to date database on the performance of schools and pupils.
In this role you will lead and take responsibility in local projects and be line-managed by the Head of Education Improvement Partnerships.
As the post holder, you will continuously refresh expertise and skill sets to meet the new challenge presented by the changed education landscape, which will also help you in your continuous professional development. You will identify and implement new ways of working to support sustainable improvement in the link schools you are supporting and manage the implementation of improvement initiatives and change programmes using the Council's Project Management and Service Improvement methodologies.
We are looking for someone who has qualified teacher status and is working as a Headteacher or a member of a school's Senior Management Team in the phase or strand of education comparable to this post.
Excellent knowledge of SEND provision in schools and settings in a key requirement. Experience of successful use of a range of data to inform school development planning and an excellent understanding of school improvement and school self-evaluation are essential for this role.
You will already possess the ability and be able to demonstrate experience in delivering high quality training to a range of audiences, in particular school leaders.
In your current role you will be successfully building and developing partnerships with school leaders. We do require you to have the ability to inspire teachers, senior managers, governors, and colleagues and be able to advise them with your in-depth expert knowledge and understanding of the current issues impacting on provision in the primary phase and special schools.
A knowledge and understanding of current and recent initiatives from DFE, Ofsted and other national agencies connected to primary school education and special schools is vital.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.