Job Description


Grade: Chief Officer Grade B


Reporting line

Chief Executive
Corporate Director of Children’s Services
Assistant Director – Education and Inclusion


Job Purpose:

The Assistant Director - Education and Inclusion is responsible for the leadership and day-to-day running of the Education Service of the Council.  The overall purpose of this role is to:

  • To support the Corporate Director for Children Families as the council’s principal adviser on issues related to the development of innovative and realistic proposals for structural and collaborative provision which will make a significant difference to the outcomes for children and young people. 
  • To ensure that systematic decisions and interventions relating to children who have additional needs achieve the best possible outcomes. 
  • To create a child centred partnership between the Local Authority, schools and partners that enables children and young people to have effective support at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • To enable a greater proportion of Redcar and Cleveland’s children to be taught within their own communities. 


Accountable to: Corporate Director for Children and Families

Accountable for: All management and staff within the Education and Inclusion

General Contacts: The Assistant Director Education and Inclusion will engage with Elected Members, other Directors, internal and external stakeholders; including schools, colleges, academies and the Combined Authority 

Key duties and responsibilities:

  1. To provide the strategic responsibility and leadership for the Education and Inclusion service which includes:
    • SEN Assessment and Provision
    • Education Psychology Service
    • Education Safeguarding/CSE/CME/GRT
    • Virtual Looked After Children School Head    
    • Behaviour and Attendance Partnership/Inclusion
    • Admissions and Transport    
    • School Place Planning: including Special, Out of Area
    • Early Years Foundation Stage – Quality and Provision
    • Collective Worship/SACRE
    • School Improvement through system led provision leverage and brokerage
    • Liaison with all schools and colleagues on all educational matters
    • Liaison with Ofsted/HMI and Academy/Diocesan Services
    • Associated financial responsibilities
    • Inspire To Learn
    • Governor Support Service
  2. To provide strategic leadership to the Council, and more importantly, to schools, to help deliver a more inclusive school system whereby more pupils are educated in Borough and in mainstream settings.
  3. Ensure that efficient and effective strategies are in place for raising, monitoring and evaluating education standards and attainment within Redcar and Cleveland’s settings, schools and colleges.
  4. To provide leadership, support and challenge to schools on inclusive practice. 
  5. To implement, and where necessary, further develop the Council’s SEN strategy including the commissioning, outreach, pathway/transition and planning activities therein.
  6. To ensure that the Local Authority fulfils its statutory duty to secure sufficient school places for under 19 year olds and effectively manage the capital investment programmes relating to this. To lead the development of an overarching strategy for school place planning and allocation, including any related capital initiatives.
  7. To provide professional and technical advice to the statutory School’s Forum, on all issues of finance, formula funding and major contracts. To make decisions, after consultation, on new funding allocations as necessary.
  8. To provide professional and technical advice to the statutory Local Admissions Forum regarding legislative change arising from the Education and Inspections Act(s)2006, Care Act(s) e.g. parental preferences and demographic change across the Borough.
  9. To provide strategic oversight of Children and Adult responsibilities for the provision of all phases of education for young people, including 14 – 19 strategy and as appropriate post 19 – 25.
  10. To take responsibility for school improvement work to provide monitoring, challenge and support, within an appropriate framework which is understood by settings and schools in partnership with Regional Schools Commissioner and Ofsted.
  11. To ensure effective relationships with the office of both the Regional and National Schools Commissioner to ensure high educational standards in safe and inclusive settings and schools.
  12. To maintain an evidence-base of school performance, to ensure appropriate support and challenge for schools requiring special measures, having notices to improve or causing concern and timely intervention(s) especially concerning poor standards, safety and governance.
  13. To support and champion an effective, positive and stretching culture, and delivery and practice of school self-review and evaluation that fits with the Education landscape within Redcar and Cleveland.
  14. To undertake an emergency planning role working with Civil Contingencies and Business Continuity, including in relation to educational settings, schools and colleges.
  15. To provide effective leadership to the Foundation for Jobs programme within the Council.
  16. To represent the Council on external bodies at a local, regional and national level, including Tees Valley Combined Authority and any sub-regional partnerships.
  17. To advise Elected Members and Council Committees on policy development, budgetary provision and strategies. To respond to Member and MP enquiries.
  18. To lead on or participate in corporate projects and assignments as required by the Director.
  19. To promote the reputation of the Council with external partners and stakeholders, working as an ambassador for the Council.
  20. To contribute to the Directorates Senior Management Team and other relevant strategic partnerships.

General/Corporate Responsibilities:

  1. To undertake such duties as may be commensurate with the seniority of the post
  2. To ensure that the Council’s corporate Health & Safety policy is followed and training is undertaken in all pertinent health and safety procedures
  3. To partake in the Council’s and Directorate’s staff training and development policies as well as the Council’s system of performance appraisal
  4. To treat all information gathered for the Council and Directorate, either electronically or manually, in a confidential manner
  5. All employees are required to demonstrate a commitment when carrying out their duties which promotes and values diversity and the equality of opportunity in relation to employees and service users which is in line with the Council’s Equality & Diversity Policy.
  6. To be responsible for identifying and managing all risks associated with the job role through effective application of internal controls and risk assessments to support the achievement of Corporate and Service objectives
  7. To ensure the highest standards of customer care are met at all times
  8. To ensure the principles of Value for Money in service delivery is fundamental in all aspects of involvement with internal and external customers
  9. To ensure that the highest standards of data quality are achieved and maintained for the collection, management and use of data.
  10. To positively promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and ensure that it is recognised that Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility; and to engage in appropriate training and development opportunities which enhance an individual’s knowledge and skill in responding to children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be in need of safeguarding.