Thank you for your interest in this important role heading up our new Education and SEND division within the People Directorate.
Here in Medway we are committed to providing the best quality education and support for children and families and to securing good outcomes and successful development throughout their childhood.
Following a recent review, we have created this new division to give our Educational and SEND services greater focus and are now looking for a talented, experienced individual who can successfully develop and lead this new division at this exciting time for Medway. At Medway Council we are directly responsible for a wide range of Educational and SEND services. This includes services to schools including school sufficiency, our capital programme, maintenance, emergency planning, ICT including Medway Grid for Learning, Home to School and SEND transport. The team also oversees early years’ sufficiency and administering the government grant for providers, the 0-25 Disability Team, alternative provision and educational welfare services (ASSAA).
The role will also be responsible for implementing our new joint strategy for improving outcomes and life chances for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. It outlines our vision, plans and ambitions and has inclusion at its heart. You’d play a critical part in coordinating the work of the SEND Improvement Board which includes representatives from the council, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), health providers, schools, early years and further education providers, children and young people and parents/carers representatives.
A particularly important part of this is our school improvement programme where we are working with senior education leaders in schools and academies along with other stakeholders on teaching, learning and engagement using a variety of strategies to improve educational outcomes. You will drive forward our ambitious strategy for education and learning, Achieving More Together (see attached), agreed with the Medway Education Partnership.
We’re looking for someone with great personality and excellent communication and organisational skills. You’d be working in partnership across a wide range of stakeholders including school leaders and governing bodies. You’ll also be responsible for supporting and providing a critique to schools in order to deliver outstanding teaching and leadership alongside developing inclusion strategies for our most challenging pupils.
We are looking for someone with a strong record of delivery in an education and social care environment with the ability to lead large scale projects and provide challenge and support to senior leaders across Medway, as well as sitting on the council’s Corporate Management Team. You will also play an important role in the relationship with the Department For Education whilst advising elected members on changes in statutory duties as we move into a further period of change.
A major regeneration programme is transforming our landscape into a modern, bustling dynamic place with fabulous potential. Excellent transport links, affordable living, a thriving business sector, excellent primary, secondary and further education facilities, a vibrant annual cultural and festival programme and stunning heritage and green spaces are just some of the reasons why more people are moving to Medway. This summer the Medway Place Board announced our plans to bid for the title UK City of Culture 2025 as an ongoing part of our drive to put Medway on the map and we’ve some very big plans ahead of us.
If you’d like to be part of next part of Medway’s story and believe you can lead this change, we’d love to hear from you.
Councillor Josie Iles
Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services
Councillor Martin Potter
Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools
Director of People Children and Adults