Education and Lifelong Learning Recruitment

Outcome focused improvements

Welcome to our Education and Lifelong Learning recruitment page where you can find out about the current opportunities critical to the improved outcomes for children, young people and their families. The roles within this area sit under the leadership of Liz Mills our well-established Director for Education and Lifelong Learning and will play a key part in leading improvement and transformation activity that builds on the firm foundations in Surrey.

These opportunities will ensure children, young people and their families receive the right support at the right time to help them thrive and will be instrumental in the development and delivery of high-quality sustainable services and practice, ensuring that our most vulnerable children and young people are able to live, learn and grow up locally.

All the available roles are focussed on delivering collaboratively to support the well-being, safeguarding and educational progress of all children, young people and their families in Surrey. They will each contribute to the wider ambitions for all residents in Surrey and help to realise the 2030 vision through lifelong learning.

Our directorate is focussed on some big challenges particularly against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic but also real opportunities to make a personal impact on our transformation journey as we continue to drive for sustained progress across several key areas including:

  • Providing adequate school provision and access to relevant support to enable children to live, learn and grow locally.
  • Delivering innovative SEND Transformation.
  • Cultivating successful educational partnerships that provide high quality inclusive education.
  • Strengthening collaborative working with colleagues and partners to continue to impact positively on outcomes for our children and young people.
  • Developing new strategies to deliver sustainable services that will strengthen communities, support high quality learning and promote mental health and well- being.
  • Developing a lifelong learning approach

Our Opportunities

To help us achieve our desired transformation we are looking for candidates for the following roles:

Assistant Director - Inclusion and Additional Needs - permanent contracts - £80,977 - £92,278 PA

We are looking for area based Assistant Directors with each providing leadership and management for the specialist teams in their area who provide a range of blended professional educational support services. In role you will also act as a countywide lead for one of our specialist service areas ensuring that we meet our statutory and non-statutory responsibilities. Through clear strategic thinking, a focus on driving standards of best practice and successful collaboration with our key partners you will be committed to improving outcomes for some of our most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people.

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Assistant Director - SEND Transformation - 2 year fixed term contract - £80,977 - £92,278 PA

This is a unique leadership role with a big focus on stakeholder engagement and partnership development to ensure that our SEND transformation programme progresses positively. An ability to quickly develop strong working relationships with internal and external senior stakeholders is critical, particularly with those beyond our direct organisational boundaries. Previous experience of co-delivering complex projects of similar scale is crucial as is your understanding of the SEND agenda and how this works across complex partnership structures. Dynamic leadership skills, clear strategic thinking and strong influencing and negotiating abilities will all be key to your success in this role and driving our transformation journey for SEND.

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If you are able to work in a large county with all the challenges as well as benefits that this has to offer, then we would like to hear from you. Please contact Lizzie Newton via email elizabeth.newton@surreycc.gov.uk to arrange an informal chat with Liz Mills.

Education and Inclusion Service Manager - permanent - £61,463 - £69,514 PA

Do you have the experience, skills and ambition to improve outcomes for children and young people in Surrey?

We are looking for an Education and Inclusion Service Manager to lead a range of blended educational support services for vulnerable learners in one of the 4 quadrants in Surrey based in Woking. In this role, you will provide leadership to teams who deliver either direct support to children and families or to support inclusive practice in schools.

Our Vulnerable Learners service is on a journey of continuous improvement and we are making great progress. For example, our timeliness of delivering our EHCPs on time is consistently over 70% and annual reviews are improving, as is the quality of our EHCPs. Working in partnership with colleagues in schools, social care, health and parents is an essential element of this role as we move forward on our transformation journey for children with SEND and additional needs in Surrey. If you are able to work collaboratively and have the relevant skills and experience required for this role, we'd love to hear from you!

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If none of our current opportunities feel like the right one for you but you like what you've read about the work within Education and Lifelong Learning then please revisit this page as it will be updated regularly when other roles in this area become available.