Head of Education and Early Years
Head of Education and Early Years
Working Hours: Full-time 37 hours per week
Proposed Grade D £ 50 000 - £ 65 000 per annum
At Essex County Council, we are passionate about achieving the best outcomes for all young people in the county - working with the public, private and voluntary sectors to ensure our youngsters can benefit from world class education and skills.
However, we face a significant challenge. By 2020, we aim to be both self-funded and self-sufficient, requiring us to be committed, creative, innovative and collaborative if we are to retain the integrity of the county and deliver the best results for the residents we serve. The council of 2021 will be very different to the council of today. Simple, streamlined, and increasingly entrepreneurial, a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We don't just want to make Essex County Council the best it can be, but make Essex the best it can be. To do that we need commercially-minded visionaries and leaders who are excited by these challenges and inspired by our vision. Leaders with the ambition and drive to do everything they can to bring about this change, together.
Education sits at the heart of our forward-thinking approach, so we are investing heavily in an ambitious change programme that sees us aspire to all schools in Essex rated at least 'good' by Ofsted and for the county's educational outcomes across all phases to be among the top 25% in the country. We will reduce the achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their peers and continue to encourage all schools to work more closely together as part of a sustainable school-led improvement model.
Key to our approach is a decision to bring together our services and group our expertise around schools in geographical quadrants - allowing us to focus on local detail whilst delivering a joined-up approach on a county-wide scale. We are therefore recruiting an Assistant Director of Education for three of our quadrants, who will deliver locally but collaborate effectively to deliver our holistic Education agenda.
?This role leads and manages a geographically based early years, childcare settings, attendance and school effectiveness workforce, to ensure the highest outcomes are delivered for all children and young people across the quadrant by monitoring, challenging and supporting to empower education leaders and providers to become part of a mature partnership that agrees and takes accountability for all of the education provision within it.
This leader will be passionate about education and the opportunities it creates, with experience as a Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher, and significant experience in developing quality improvement frameworks to enhance education standards and drive the achievement of a good or outstanding Ofsted rating across education provision. A proven track record of leading change is also key to the success of this role.
Skills and Knowledge
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent with experience as a senior leader in education.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge of legislative framework in relevant professional area.
- Experience at senior leadership level within an education setting, preferably in the roles of Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. Ofsted training is desirable.
- Deep understanding gained through significant experience in developing solutions to improve standards within EYCS, schools, and other educational providers.
- Exemplar leadership and behavioural skills with the ability to focus on results, forging a strong workforce team from diverse backgrounds to achieve strategic objectives.
- Experience, knowledge and understanding of school practice and management of provision for pupils with the full range of education needs.
- Proven track record of building effective partnership and inter agency working, which is collaborative and influential in supporting the achievement of strategic objectives.
- Proven ability of proactively influencing, leading and delivering major cultural and organisational change in a complex environment.
This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced high-level Education professional to really make their mark, through driving innovation, commerciality and strategic thinking, all whilst delivering the service that the children of our county deserve.
If you would like to have an informal conversation please contact Anita Kemp - Head of Education Services on
Please note interviews will take place in April 2018
Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.
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