We have exciting opportunities to take our SEND provision to the next level.
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North Yorkshire County Council is pursuing ambitious plans for transformation in its range of educational provision for children and young people with SEND. We have recently published our strategic SEND plan to ensure we have the right provision and support in the right place for the children and young people across North Yorkshire.
This role will be pivotal in delivering exciting change, and will allow the successful candidate to be part of an aspirational programme of transformation working alongside key stakeholders. We are looking for one professional, performance-focused leaders and decision-makers, to drive change and support our future direction in relation to our SEND provision.
Our success provides a great foundation for new implementation officer to further shape exciting, innovative approaches, making their mark in this role. This presents an ideal opportunity for those looking to further experience in shaping and delivering change across inclusion
North Yorkshire is England's largest county and a beautiful, vibrant place to live and work.
North Yorkshire County 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.
As a council we have an immensely successful track record. We consistently score well in inspections and are amongst the top scoring when compared to other county councils. We were delighted to be rated as outstanding in our 2018 ILACS inspection, and this success continued with our recent Ofsted inspection, achieving ‘outstanding’ across all provisions within our children’s service, making us the only local authority in the country to receive this recognition.
We also have a good story to tell when it comes to value for money, service delivery and impact in the communities of North Yorkshire we serve.
The recent independent Local Government Association (LGA) peer review was one of the most positive reports they had ever written: ‘North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) is a very good council - its services are highly regarded and the peer review team witnessed areas of excellence… [it] has a clear understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that the county council and the county face.’
The review gave tremendous feedback to our children’s services, referring to them as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget.
Whilst what we do, we do well, we are not complacent and with true Yorkshire resilience we constantly strive for further improvement. There are significant challenges facing our children’s service and organisation as a whole. We are experiencing significant pressures on the High Needs Block budget for SEND and the only way to address the magnitude of the challenge is by an equally ambitious programme of change. It is more important than ever that we work in genuine partnership, are crystal clear about our priorities, and are resolutely focussed on improving outcomes.
As a CYPS service our focus now lies with maintaining our 'outstanding' Ofsted rating across the board, continuing to offer excellent provisions to the young people of our communities. We are looking for innovative, forward-thinking professionals to help define our future direction by assisting us in delivering a pivotal new SEND plan.
If you are interested in meeting the challenge and making your mark in North Yorkshire, then we look forward to your application.
Jane Le Sage
Assistant Director Inclusion
About our inclusion service
The inclusion service is a broad area and provides integrated services for children and young people (0-25yrs), with special educational needs and disabilities. This covers provisions across a range of functions, including special schools, enhanced mainstream schools and pupil referral units. This is where we differ from some other local authorities and our approach provides a strong sense of the voice of children and young people, keeping them at the heart of the service.
Regionally and nationally, North Yorkshire County Council is well respected for the work our staff do. We are one of the national SEND pathfinders, implemented under the Children and Families Bill in 2014 and are part of regional partnerships, sharing learning and experiences. We have been recently recognised as the Social Worker Employer of the Year.
Our local offer provides information for children and young people with SEND and their parents or carers in a single place. We aim to make things as simple and straightforward as possible, ensuring parents and carers are clear on what their options are. We are very proud of this and how it benefits children, young people and their family/carers by keeping them at the heart of the service.
We are now embarking on some exciting work to transform our provision and services, in order to ensure that education provisions are sufficiently meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs. This work is underpinned by the SEND strategic plan for educational provision approved by the council in September 2018. We are now seeking to expand our team and wish to recruit two dynamic and innovative individuals, with a strong knowledge and understanding of education and inclusion. You would be joining North Yorkshire at an exciting time in this change programme and taking the SEND provision to the next level.
As an authority we are highly ambitious in the outcomes we seek for all children and young people. We are an exceptional, award winning children’s service, spreading innovative practice nationally.
As we say in “Young and Yorkshire 2”, our recent children and young people’s plan, we want North Yorkshire to be a place of opportunity where all children and young people are happy, healthy and achieving. In other words, we want every child and young person in North Yorkshire to have a happy family life, a healthy start to life and a liberating education. We also want to be an inclusive Authority with high quality education provision and support which works well together across the spectrum of need, whilst meeting the reality of public sector funding.
North Yorkshire has a growing reputation for its children and young people’s service with excellent Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes. As a result, the LA is one of the DfE “Partner in Practice” authorities. It is certainly an LA which recognises the need for creativity and collaboration and for greater engagement of all in finding new solutions to historic challenges.
High quality education transforms lives. It brings alive knowledge and skills and ignites enterprise and endeavour. It liberates the talent and ingenuity of everyone it touches. We are determined that every young person in our schools must have access to the right opportunities, experiences and support that they need to succeed.
This passion for education continues to drive us. We are proud of our collective track record, with the majority of children within North Yorkshire attending a good or outstanding school. We have seen significant progress against our ambitions for improvement and the results achieved by students in secondary schools remain some of the best in the country.
The council is also leading and supporting some key cutting-edge initiatives that, with partners, are making a difference to the education offer in the county. The coastal district of Scarborough has schools with particular challenges and through the Scarborough Pledge £250,000 a year is being invested in areas including early help, raising aspirations and improving schools.
In addition to this, education secretary, Justine Greening, announced that six areas identified as the most challenged when it comes to social mobility, will have access to funding to address the biggest challenges they face. These six “opportunity areas” now benefit from help in ensuring children get the best start in the early years, building teaching and leadership capacity in schools, increasing access to university, strengthening technical pathways for young people, and working with employers to improve young people’s access to the right advice and experiences. Scarborough is one of first places to be identified as an “opportunity area”.
As a service, we are committed to creating a healthy culture where staff feel that they have a forum to share their views about the organisation and environment in which they work; in a recent staff survey 81% of staff said that they felt they had the opportunity to contribute their views.
We have been nominated for several awards and have previously won Employer of the Year at the Social Work Awards. Through our workforce strategy we also ensure that staff receive continuous and excellent support from management.
Our track record as both a service and as an organisation provides an excellent base to advance your career; safe in the knowledge that you have a strong foundation from which to further build our services locally and nationally. We are a large authority providing the opportunity to work at scale, on a national stage and further develop cutting edge practice.
About the role
SEND Strategic plan implementation officers
Salary: circa £55K
2 year fixed term post
North Yorkshire County Council is pursuing ambitious plans for transformation. Our inclusion service is currently making significant changes to our strategic SEND plan, taking the Inclusion service to a new level and creating brighter futures for the children and young people across North Yorkshire. This role will be pivotal in delivering exciting change, and will allow the successful candidates to be part of a truly instrumental programme in the development of our provision. We are looking for two professional, performance-focused leaders and decision-makers, to drive change and support our future direction in relation to our SEND provision.
The post holders will be responsible for developing strong working relationships with key stakeholders to instigate change and transformation and embedding new practices. You will work collaboratively with partners, parents/carers, and children and young people to implement the strategic plan for SEND education provision. Working closely with the assistant director for inclusion, you will lead with the delivery and implementation of specific aspects of this new strategic plan, whilst in turn empowering partners to take a lead role in embedding inclusion across North Yorkshire and localities.
This role provides the successful candidates with an opportunity to implement an exciting new programme, however this will not come without its challenges. We are therefore looking for individuals who can deal with these challenges head on, working closely with colleagues, parents/carers and young people to make sure that their views are considered throughout and contribute to the delivery of this new plan.
Ideal candidates will have proven leadership experience across education of children and young people with SEND and/or children’s services. You will be able to demonstrate a vision for change, as well as the successful planning and management of change with improved outcomes. Significant experience of working with key stakeholders, including schools and education settings, parents/carers and young people is crucial to this role.
In return for your hard work and dedication to our service, as an employee of North Yorkshire County Council you can expect to receive various benefits including generous leave entitlement, access to our government pension scheme, and our everybody benefits package - which includes numerous retail discounts. Perhaps most importantly though, you will have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of esteemed and experience colleagues, making a true difference to the future of the children and young people in our county.
This role presents an exciting challenge for experienced leaders who can deliver our vision for the future. We would welcome applications from those with a leadership background in education, with a knowledge of SEND, as well as SEND specialists with a practical experience of delivering SEND across the diverse education landscape. Secondments will be considered.
These posts provide a great career enhancer for those looking to progress to assistant director roles.
We would very much encourage you to contact us to discuss this role in more detail, and would welcome an informal conversation around this. Please contact Jane Le Sage, assistant director Inclusion, on 01609 532174 or email Jane.LeSage@northyorks.gov.uk.
If you are ready to take on this exciting new role, and meet the challenge of taking our service to the next level, then we would be delighted to receive your application.
Closing date: 3 March 2019
Interview date: 15 or 22 March 2019