Service Director for Education and Inclusion

Can you lead the way to a bright future for Education and Inclusion on the Isle of Wight?

This vacancy closed for applications on 9 November 2023.

Salary: Up to £93,178 per annum

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The Challenge

Do you have the knowledge and skill to shape and develop an innovative, inclusive ‘one council’ approach that will deliver excellent services for education and inclusion on the Isle of Wight?

The Isle of Wight Council is set to embark on a new phase, moving away from a ten-year strategic children’s services partnership with Hampshire County Council.

Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all involved, this partnership delivered significant results including our nationally acclaimed ‘Isle of Wight Family Hub’ model, identified as a national trailblazer by the Department of Education. The Island received an Ofsted judgement of ‘good’ in 2018. Since then, children’s services on the Island have continued to improve. From this secure position we can move forward independently.

As part of this move, a new role has emerged for a Service Director for Education and Inclusion. The search is on for an inspirational leader, to be accountable for the performance of our education service.

From early years through to further education, the goal is to have one coherent, local system for children, young people and families. You will work cohesively with children’s social care to create the best possible future for all Island children.

We need a strategic leader, someone to champion innovation and transformation.

Can you be a catalyst for change and embed innovation into practice?

Can you take us to the next level?

Rachael Williams – Inclusion Manager says:

"We work with families, alongside schools and other professionals, to ensure all Isle of Wight children have access to suitable education so they are able to achieve and succeed academically but also to have all of the other opportunities that engaging in education can provide. It is challenging but rewarding and fulfilling work that allows professionals to contribute to making an important difference in young people’s life’s."