Leeds City Council Deputy Director – Learning Services

Deputy Director Learning Services

**This role has now been filled, please get in contact with us if you are looking for a new role and wish to let us know your requirements**

Salary: £103,737 to £111,873

Leeds has become a city to watch.  We are rebalancing the economics of the North of England and are gaining a national reputation for our commitment to good growth.  For us this means ensuring each step we take to improve the Leeds economy benefits all our residents.  Effective, high quality learning for all our young people is at the heart of this good growth. 

If you don’t agree stop reading now, you’re probably the wrong person for this role.  

Learning Services provide the opportunity to engage with every family in the city.  We’re committed to improving the outcomes for children and young people, particularly those who are vulnerable, so that they can contribute to and benefit from the growth of our great city.

High quality education and learning services, improved attainment and inclusion are at the heart of our long-term aspirations.  Whatever happens to the UK in the future, post-Brexit world, we must ensure the Leeds economy can draw on and build local talent to make us globally competitive.  Our young children are the foundations for our economic, social and community aspirations.  What we do now will make a difference for generations to come.

As the new Deputy Director, Learning Services, you will lead this agenda, shaping the city now and in the future.  You’ll work across Leeds to ensure our pluralist network of providers, parents, partners and stakeholders continue to meet current and future needs whilst driving up attainment for all our young people.   You’ll face key, and some pressing, challenges – matching school places to a growing and changing demography across the city; providing high quality support services to the Leeds’ ‘family of schools’; working with any school that needs support to meet our aspirations , whatever its governance or funding model; ensuring inclusive and appropriate SEND provision across the city; working with partners to achieve a child-friendly Leeds and playing a leading role corporately and in our nationally recognised and influential Children and Families Service.

You’ll bring the depth of education experience needed to be credible in a top council, having a strong track record of working within education, either in the mainstream or specialist fields.  You’ll already have successful experience of working with or alongside politicians, exercising sound judgement, working with different providers and balancing high-level strategic impact whilst ensuring operational excellence.  You might currently be in a local authority, a multi-academy trust, a consultant, at Ofsted or in an arm of central government.  Whatever background, you’ll be as passionate about high-achieving, inclusive education and learning as we are.  Your impact will be felt for generations in Leeds.

If you’re excited by our Vision for Leeds and can make a positive impact across the city, speak to our advising consultants to get more insights and find out more.


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Closing Date10am Tuesday 3rd April – **Application deadline extended – please contact us to discuss**
First stage interview14th or 17th May Leeds
Final stage interview and assessment centre22nd May

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Stephen Cooley

tel: 07747 698829
email: stephen.cooley@proventureconsulting.co.uk

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Mark Tobin

tel: 07717 725 844
email: mark.tobin@proventureconsulting.co.uk