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The role

About Southwark:

Southwark is an exciting and diverse borough with a growing range of opportunities for learning, living and working. It is widely known for high standards in educational provision and meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs.

It is a large borough with an ambitious and progressive council and has a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable reputation. As a Council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. We are committed to our Fairer, Greener, Safer Southwark which ensures that our residents and businesses are central to everything we do.

You would be leading an experienced, ambitious and successful team alongside two Assistant Directors and reporting to the Director of Education. We are fully committed to developing our staff and their areas of expertise in a positive and caring working environment.

The role:

We are looking for a leader that is excited by challenge and embraces opportunity.

You will provide leadership for an experienced and busy service, providing expert knowledge in the provision of inclusive education and the assessment and review of need for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The role is responsible for forging and maintaining strong and resilient relationships with schools, education settings, colleges and voluntary sector partners to build capacity for the education and well-being of children and young adults 0-25 with SEND.

You will be required to manage a significant budget to target and optimise SEND service delivery by effective deployment of resources.

About you:

This is a high profile job that requires ambition, energy, drive, and innovation. We are looking for a proven leader that understands how to work with others to achieve the best outcomes. You will have a demonstrable track record of raising standards in a SEND setting and the ability to communicate effectively, and clearly, with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

You will report to and deputise for the Director of Education as required.

Benefits and more information:

In your role, we want you to feel supported, challenged and rewarded. You will benefit from our family-friendly policies including flexible working, home working, and a local government pension scheme, plus many other staff benefits. You will join a motivated, driven and supportive education team that strives for excellence and values its members. You will also be part of a successful and high-achieving corporate team that is making a real difference to the lives of residents in the borough. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Additional details

Salary range £81,915 - £102,531 per annum. This post also attracts an additional JNC financial benefits package of £3,503 per annum (pro-rata, April - March).

This post requires a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at basic level.

For an informal conversation about this role please contact Director of Education: Nina Dohel by email at  

Recruitment timetable

Closing Date: 2nd June 2023 at 23:59
Interview date: Week beginning 12th June 2023

We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together programme. We particularly welcome applications from members of the Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.