Head of Inclusion - Education

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire
Salary: £66,382 - £82,415 (includes a market supplement of £8,000 which is subject to an annual review)
Reference: A000076
Deadline: Closed

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The Portsmouth Context

Portsmouth City Council is looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced leader to provide strategic leadership for SEND in the city and to develop the Inclusion Service even further, building on the service's already well established and positive reputation, reporting to the Deputy Director for Education. The Inclusion Service covers a broad portfolio of work that extends well beyond SEND and includes a range of statutory and traded services that aim to remove the barriers to achievement for all Portsmouth children and young people, in particular those with special educational needs or those from vulnerable groups.

The Council benefits from strong partnership working and close collaboration with all its partners involved in supporting children and young people, none more so than in education which has the benefit of a well-established Portsmouth Education Partnership, led by the PEP Strategic Board. All education settings (early years, 61 schools, colleges, and the University) are engaged in the Partnership and that includes the 13 Multi Academy Trusts that are responsible for two thirds of our schools.

The Councils very effective governance and joint working arrangements in terms of its work in special educational needs and disabilities, are overseen by the multi-agency SEND Board. The SEND Strategy aims to promote inclusion and improve the outcomes for Portsmouth children and young people aged 0-25 years with SEND and their families and is one of the priorities of the Children's Trust Plan.

The Place

Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work.  It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of having beautiful countryside on its doorstep.  With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries, and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future whilst proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard.  With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.

The Role

As Head of Inclusion, you will be responsible for commissioning specialist school places, Inclusion Centres in mainstream schools and Alternative Provision, funded from the High Needs Block of the Dedicated Schools Grant, in addition to managing a cash limit budget of £3.4m and a staffing complement of 70ftes.

A track record of successful service leadership and management in education, ideally covering Inclusion and SEND is essential, as well as experience as a senior leader in an education setting or as an education adviser including responsibilities for Inclusion and SEND.  In addition, you will also need to have led strategic and multi-agency work programmes, possess successful budgetary management skills and control in relation to high cost services, procuring and managing large and complex contracts, as well as leading across functional teams in high pressure environments.

This post will require someone who has extensive knowledge and understanding of SEND and Inclusion, as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of legislation relating to SEND, Inclusion and Children's Services.

If you have a proactive approach, the ability to work flexibly to meet business needs and are committed to working in co-production with families and stakeholders, we would love to hear from you.

Indicative Timetable

Closing date for applications: Friday 24 September 2021

Assessment Centre: TBC
Interviews with officer and stakeholder panels.

Final Member Interviews: TBC
A final interview with a panel of Councillors.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.


Dawn Faulkner
Tel: 0121 312 3755

Martin Tucker
Tel: 0121 312 3755

Sarah Longbottom
Tel: 0121 312 3755


To apply for this job please submit your CV, a Supporting Statement (no more than four sides of A4), a completed Candidate Application Form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to quoting: ‘Vacancy: Head of Inclusion - Education, Reference: A000076’.

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Your Supporting Statement should address the criteria set out in the ‘Experience’ section of the person specification using examples to demonstrate how you meet as many of the essential requirements as possible. Please note the indicative timetable above and let us know if there are any dates when you are not available. Please also provide the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, then you should state this clearly.