We are now looking for an Assistant Director who is a confident and innovative leader with vision and drive to continue to drive forward the strategic vision for SEND and inclusion.

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  • We are strongly committed to ensuring children and young people receive the best education

We welcome your interest in this post.  

North Yorkshire is England's largest county and a beautiful, vibrant place to live and work. 

The Council has a reputation for delivering high quality services. Its Children’s Services are nationally recognised for their excellence, taking a national lead to share best practice. We are immensely proud of our track record and are committed to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that our services are of high quality and have impact in the communities that we serve whilst providing efficient use of public money. For many of our residents, the quality of life is high but the needs of communities across our localities are diverse with some areas experiencing significant deprivation, alongside the rural nature of the county which impacts on accessibility.  

The ADCS led peer review in February 2020 gave further recognition to the vision and ambition throughout the organisation… ‘There is a strong and clear council vision for children’s and SEND services and outcomes, shared across Members and Officers. The vision is clear and simple and is underpinned with a strong sense of what is right for children. Members described officers as committed and having pride in their work and the working relationship between officers and members is good.  

It is an exciting time for the Council as we deliver local government review by merging the 8 district, borough and county council to form a new North Yorkshire Council for April 2023. The county council is the continuing authority, therefore children’s services are unchanged by this structural transformation. It brings with it the opportunity to improve localised services in this great county and secure greater investment through a devolution deal for North Yorkshire. A devolution deal for York and North Yorkshire could potentially unlock around £2.4bn of investment over 30 years, with a focus on improving the economic prosperity and future long-term opportunities for all residents. 

We are strongly committed to ensuring children and young people receive the best education within inclusive and high quality settings that value diversity and individualism. High quality education brings alive aspirations for adulthood and ambition and liberates talent and ingenuity. We understand children and young people thrive within family environments and prioritise support to ensure this continues for the majority of children. We are recognised for our growing reputation for Children’ Services with our outstanding Ofsted outcome and our involvement in award winning innovative programmes.

However we are mindful that there are significant challenges facing both children’s services and our organisation as a whole, including rising demand for services due to increased needs, changes in government legislation and the continuing the impact of COVID 19. We are well placed and experienced in meeting such challenges working with our key partners to identify opportunities for transformation involving external scrutiny and review to provide independence to our thinking and inform our decision making. We have positive and highly valued partnerships with professional associations, elected members, health, schools and settings and voluntary organisations at county and locality level to transform services to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families.   

You would be joining, geographically, the largest and amongst the best local authorities in the country at a very challenging and exciting time. 

If you are interested in meeting the challenge, we would like to hear from you. 

"Stuart Carlton - Corporate Director"

Stuart Carlton Corporate Director Children and Young People’s Service 


Assistant Director Inclusion


Salary: £88,177 to £100,200 plus relocation support 

We are now looking for an Assistant Director who is a confident and innovative leader with vision and drive to continue to drive forward the strategic vision for SEND and inclusion across all key stakeholders within a context of changing government legislation and focus. You will continue to strengthen and build strong relationships with key stakeholders to endorse collaboration and transformation. 

We are looking for someone with a proven track record in inclusion across education and SEND across the local authority area, with the ability to lead and deliver complex transformational change with a demonstrable ability to do so in a large authority together with ensuring high quality and value for money. 

You will understand and have the ability to navigate the challenging and ever changing children and young people’s landscape and above all you will have a passionate commitment to young people with a moral purpose at the core. 

As Assistant Director you will lead on ensuring stakeholders are meeting their strategic and operational duties for SEND and inclusion, as underpinned by the Children and Families Act 2014, associated legislation and government policy change. 

You will provide clear direction and innovative leadership to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEND and their families are understood and that partners work collaboratively to ensure that provision and services are high quality and meet needs across education, care and health. You will be confident in identifying and driving forward areas for transformational change to ensure services provide value for money and reflect lived experiences of children and young people and their families. 

You will be integral to the senior leadership team for CYPS and as such will play a crucial role in shaping and transforming the integrated approach across Children and Young People’s services and will contribute the cross cutting organisational themes beyond the directorate services, with a varied portfolio. Given our lean senior management system you will play a key role in the corporate leadership of the council, working with the Chief Executive, Corporate Directors, elected members, and other senior colleagues across the Council. 

You would be joining, geographically, the largest and amongst the best local authorities in the country at a very challenging and exciting time. 

Our success provides a great foundation to further shape exciting, innovative approaches, making their mark in this role and on a national stage.  This presents an ideal opportunity for an aspirational Head of SEND or related service or an existing Assistant Director on their journey towards Director of Children’s Services. 

In return we can provide you with: 

  • A strong foundation to progress some really interesting, innovative, high impact, ground breaking work.  

  • The opportunity to positively influence the entirety of our children’s service and the council as a whole. 

  • A large organisation serving the largest county in the country providing the opportunity to work at scale. 

  • An excellent reputation, allowing you to work with organisation’s on a national stage and trade services commercially.  

  • Strong political leadership and partnership arrangements providing catalysts for change not barriers to overcome.  

  • An authority which is financially stable as a result of our grip on performance and resources, and our ability to spend the Yorkshire pound astutely allowing you to forge forward with innovative practice. 

  • Career Progression. Our grip, resilience and agility provides the platform for you to make your mark and enjoy personal and professional success, supported by talented colleagues. 

We provide comprehensive benefits and relocation packages, details of which are available below.

The SEND Inclusion Service in NY incorporates a broad portfolio aligning SEND (0-25) with the wider inclusion agenda in education and the social care responsibilities of the Disabled Children’s service. We are committed to ensuring engagement and participation of all partners, parents/carers and children and young people to collectively ensure all children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire to; 

  • Have the best educational opportunities so that they do as well as possible; 

  • Be able to attend a school or provision locally, where they can make friends and be part of their local community and receive support to achieve their potential 

  • Are prepared for independence and adulthood  

  • Have opportunities for employment, further learning and engagement in their community 

The foundation of our SEND strategies is underpinned by these important principles: 

  1. An inclusive culture and ethos 

  1. Joint commitment and accountability to children and young people across all partners 

  1. Right support, right time, right place across education, care and health 

  2. Co-production and voice of parents/carers and children and young people to ensure lived experience informs service developments

We are strong performing authority, with supportive political leadership, and talented teams providing the platform to have a fulfilling, challenging and successful career in a truly stunning place.

A recent peer challenge found that North Yorkshire County Council is a good place to work, with strong leadership and a loyal and committed workforce who have access to well-regarded training and development.

We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice, offering a range of training and development opportunities and career progression allowing you to manage your own development journey and empowering you to control your career. Your career can change with your life here in North Yorkshire.

We positively encourage flexible working and we provide you with the technology you need to work from a wide variety of locations.

In addition to your salary we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. From career average employer contribution pension scheme, green car and cycle schemes, travel loans, shopping and gym discounts to name but a few you can find more information on the range of benefits we offer within our Total Rewards brochure.

Living in North Yorkshire...

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

Photographs of Whitby Abbey and Ribblehead Viaduct.North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness). Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Photographs of Malham Cove and the sunset from Scarborough beach.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates. 

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline - Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole, North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

Contact us

We welcome you to contact Penny Keatings at Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk or Leanne Auton at Leanne.Auton@northyorks.gov.uk to arrange an informal and confidential conversation regarding the role.

After an initial conversation, we can arrange a further conversation with Stuart Carlton (Corporate Director, Children and Young People’s Service) to further explore your interest.

Apply Now

To apply please send your CV including a personal statement in one word document to Penny Keatings at Penny.Keatings@northyorks.gov.uk .

It is important that your CV includes: your full contact details (telephone, email, address), full employment history (name of employer, job titles, dates of employment and salary), full education history (qualification, grade, dates and name of place of study), explanation of any gaps in employment and the contact details of at least two referees including your current/most recent employer indicating whether you provide us with the authority to contact each referee prior to interview. Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role as detailed in the person specification. Please also provide details of your current salary and notice period.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work here.

We will not accept applications from agencies.

This is a politically restricted post and subject to a disclosure and barring criminal record check.

Key Dates

Closing Date: 16th October 2022

Shortlisting Date: Week commencing 17th October 2022

Assessment Event: 31st October 2022 (in-person at County Hall, Northallerton)

Final Interview Date: 1st November 2022 (in-person at County Hall, Northallerton)