Headteacher of the Virtual School for Children in Care (and those previously in care)
Devon Local Authority are seeking a Headteacher to lead our Virtual School from 15th April 2024.
The successful applicant will have extensive and recent educational leadership and management experience and be passionate about improving outcomes for children in Care and children with a social worker. The post holder will be an important decision maker in the Senior Leadership team of Education and Learning and play a key role in designing and supporting the strategic direction of the Service.
They will also
- Be an advocate of high-quality educational provision for looked after children and both support and challenge schools and colleagues to achieve this.
- Have a good understanding of the SEND process for supporting children with special educational needs and of statutory assessment.
- Be committed to inclusion for all children in Devon with a focus on Children in Care ensuring that exclusion is a last resort and children are placed in appropriate schools
- Have a successful track record of engaging effectively with others at a senior level and building productive partnership with key stakeholders.
In Devon we want to build on good practice to ensure a cross-county inclusive, aspirational offer for our children and young people in our schools and settings. We are on an improvement journey and are keen to have people work with us who are ambitious for our children, young people and families.
This role is a statutory one. The Local Authority is required in law to have a named officer with statutory responsibility for leading the Virtual school in its role to advocate for Children in care, Children previously looked after and in its extended role for all other children with a social worker.
This role will provide strategic and operational delivery to ensure the best quality education offer for all children aged 3-18 with a social worker. The role involves working closely within Children`s services including Social care , SEND, Admissions , inclusion and with all schools , pre schools and post 16 providers in Devon and then with providers out of county when children are placed in other Local Authorities.
These are the benefits:
- 34 days annual leave
- time off for bank holidays and public holidays
- competitive pay
- excellent local government pension scheme
- flexible working opportunities
- Personal and professional learning and development opportunities
Interview Date: 11th March 2024
For an informal discussion please contact Ceri Morgan on 01392 383000.
Internal Applicants, please note: If you are an existing DCC employee, please use your iTrent Employee Self Service (ESS) details to log in and apply.
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- DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.
- Happy to Talk Flexible Working - The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
- We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
- Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
- For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.
- This role requires a DBS disclosure.