Head of Alternative Provision

We are looking to recruit our new Head of Alternative Provision here in North Yorkshire.

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This is a unique opportunity to develop our children and young people’s future whilst you progress your own career.

I am excited by the opportunity to appoint to this pivotal role in our Inclusion senior leadership team. I joined North Yorkshire a year ago and know first-hand that the ambition for young people here is resolute.

In North Yorkshire, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our aspiration is for all children and young people to be happy, healthy and achieving.
We also believe that children and young people with additional needs and vulnerabilities should have the opportunity to access high quality education that prepares them for the next steps in their life and that they should have access to the support they need to achieve their longer-term ambitions. We are ambitious in our plans to make sure high-quality local provisions meet the identified care and educational needs of children and young people.

The inclusion service is made up of a range of complementary services including the specialist disabled children’s service, four multidisciplinary locality hubs, and the statutory SEND teams. We undertake statutory assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans and offer holistic support for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities, or who are struggling to fully participate in school for reasons of ill health, exclusion. This new role will offer a dedicated strategic focus on how we meet our statutory duties for the increasing numbers of young people who are struggling to attend school, as well as operational lead for the services that support them.

This vision for the education provision for children and young people with SEND builds on both the Local Area SEND Strategy and the Being Young in North Yorkshire plan. Our SEND Strategy is an ambitious three-year plan, which describes how we intend to transform services and educational provision for children and young people in North Yorkshire.

Like I was, you will be welcomed by a talented team, optimistic about the future and ambitious for our children and young people.

I would encourage you to speak with us to ignite your interest further, we look forward to your application and ultimately you joining us.

Janet Crawford
Assistant Director Inclusion

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The role - Head of Alternative Provision

Salary: from £73,755 up to £82,065 plus relocation package
Location: Northallerton / Hybrid

North Yorkshire Council have a national reputation for excellence, and we are looking for an ambitious and high performing Head of Alternative Provision to join our inclusion service, providing strategic management and performance in the area of SEND and Inclusion across the county, working collaboratively with partner organisations to implement change and transformation to ensure high quality practice, budget accountability and high outcomes for children and young people.

Our vision is to ensure children and young people aged 0-25 years that require support are identified at the earliest stage and receive the right support to maximise their potential and achievements. You will ensure high quality care is provided to ensure this is aspirational for children and young people with SEND and that lived experiences inform service development on an ongoing basis.

As the new Head of Alternative Provision you will use your extensive knowledge of the SEN code of practice and local authority statutory responsibilities to deliver strategic management and performance in the area of SEND and Inclusion across North Yorkshire County, ensuring effective delivery of strategic plans across SEND and Inclusion for Attendance, AP, EOTAS, SEMH, and Physical, Sensory, Medical needs.

Within the role you will be working across services leading and implementing change and transformation whilst aiming for high outcomes for children and young people.

You will work closely with our children and young people and their parents/ carers ensuring their voices are heard in the participation of decision making at individual and strategic levels ensuing opportunities and co-production is maximised at all times.

We are looking for someone who has the passion for ensuring children and young people with special educational needs and disability achieve their potential and aspirations into adulthood.

Together with your  understanding of the national framework within schools , you will have extensive knowledge of current national developments in terms of SEND and wider educational issues which will impact North Yorkshire as a Local Authority.

You will have significant experience of collaborative and partnership working across a wide range of settings including education settings, health, local authority, parents/carers, children and young people. Your highly credible track record and effective relationships will inspire our partners to develop agile and effective solutions.

This position offers a unique leadership role that will allow you to continue to develop and transform services by keeping up to date with research and development in the field of SEN and inclusion, this will enable you to implement this across the service ensuring North Yorkshire remains a highly acclaimed local authority, both regionally and nationally, for the work we do. 

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Why work for us

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 the 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.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable and inclusive employer. Find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. You can bring your whole self to work, and we will support you to be the best that you can be.

Our values, behaviours and ambitions underpin everything we do.

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of great benefits to help you financially make life a bit easier. These include:

  • a local government, career average employer contribution pension scheme
  • family friendly leave
  • salary sacrifice schemes
  • modern flexible working practices
  • learning and development packages
  • career advancement opportunities
  • employee discount benefits including shopping and gym discounts
  • green car and cycle schemes
  • travel loans

You can find more information on the range of benefits we offer on our total rewards page.

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Our relocation package

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a comprehensive relocation benefits package.

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses
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Living and working in North Yorkshire

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

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 really 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. Local areas featured in the top ten included Richmond, Selby and Malton.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics 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 and Edinburgh are just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer including great employment opportunities for your family members, along with a higher proportion of schools which are good or outstanding compared to national figures.

You can find out more about what North Yorkshire has to offer on the No place like North Yorkshire website.

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Once you have read the information on this page, please apply for this job via our online recruitment portal.

For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, please contact either:

After you have spoken with Resourcing Solutions colleagues, conversations with Janet Crawford Assistant Director Inclusion can be arranged.

Please submit one Word document that details a comprehensive CV, including current salary, and a supporting statement outlining your suitability for the role.

It is important that your written application fully addresses the experience criteria as detailed in the person specification.

You should include contact details for at least two referees, one of whom must be your current / most recent employer/engager. If you specifically do not wish referees to be approached without your permission, please indicate this.

We will remove your personal details from your application on receipt to enable anonymised shortlisting, therefore it is important that your application is made using one Word document. Please do not send PDF versions.

Please ensure that you have included both your work and home telephone contact numbers and e-mail addresses where applicable.

We believe in the importance of inclusion, which is why we are always working towards being a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. You can find out more about our equality, diversity and inclusion work on our working for us page. As part of this we would like you to also complete and submit our  equal opportunities form (docx / 76 KB) when you submit your application. The equal opportunities monitoring information will not be shared and used for monitoring purposes only.

We are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers.

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