Service Director Education and Inclusion


Salary: £87k

We know we have a long way to go in Children’s Services.  Our recent Ofsted has reinforced the scale of improvement needed in children’s social care and across the department.  We are determined to improve at pace, for the children, young people and families of Wakefield. Indeed, for the future of the District.  We’re shaping a new team to lead the department through; to build a radically better future for all our children.

Our new Service Director, Education and Inclusion will be central to securing our refreshed vision.  We’re already recognised for our good SEND and inclusion services; our education attainment is improving and we know we must continue to close the gaps in performance across the District to really help all our young people realise their potential.  This agenda must continue – keeping our good practice, pushing where we need to and working with partners, parents, young people and all our leaders to build a better future.  But this role is also about adding to the leadership of the department whilst delivering on a demanding education agenda.  It’s about building morale, maintaining focus, adding value to the department’s transformation, supporting a new culture, embedding quality and creating whole-system change in Wakefield.  It’s about being a key member of a new leadership team that will ensure we are recognised for all the right reasons.

To succeed you’ll be immersed in education but will see the wider Children’s Services and corporate agenda.  You’ll understand national education policy and practice, will have a track record of successful leadership relating to education in a large organisation and will be able to lead a high-performing team to even higher levels of performance.  You could come from a school improvement or SEND background.  This role is more about how you work in partnerships, exert influence, build coalitions and combine specialisms to ensure a whole system delivers in the most demanding circumstances.  You’ll relish the challenge of taking good and making it better, whilst working across a department that has failed in key areas.  This role will test your leadership and management to the limit, but it will build you like no other challenge.    

You’ll have the unwavering support of the Council’s leadership as you shape strategies, system, relationships and interventions that modernise our provision and achieve dramatic improvements in outcomes.  Reporting to the Corporate Director Children and Young People, this role is currently responsible for an annual operating budget of approximately £25m,including both core and DSG and circa £14m in capital and total staff of 500 (fte), directly managing 4 Service Managers, plus 2 Headteachers of PRUs.

If you’re up for the challenge of a lifetime, driven by the belief in a better future for children and young people, with the leadership skill to make a difference, Wakefield is the place for you.

NOTE: Following some further discussions with Wakefield, there is a change to one of the key criteria.  Currently the person specification requires a qualified teacher status within the Qualifications section. This has now been relaxed, and the Council will consider applications from candidates who have not been teachers but can provide evidence of relevant and comparable experience of working at a senior level with schools and the wider learning system.

You will notice the actual wording on the person specification still includes the QTS phrasing, but please be assured that this will not be a requirement which will be enforced in the selection process.

A full Job and Person Specification can be accessed by completing the information fields below. Any queries please let get in touch.

More Information


SD Education and Inclusion

Closing date10am Monday 1st October
Technical InterviewThursday 1st November – Wakefield
Assessment centre and Final Interview3.30 to 5.30pm Wednesday 7th TBC. for a Children and Young People panel.

Thursday 8th November for Assessments and Final Interview with Members, DCS and Chief Executive

Stephen Cooley

tel: 07747 698 829

Mark Tobin

tel: 07717 725 844