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Head of Service: High Needs and School Places
  • Employer: Hackney Education
  • Reference: HLT/20/140278
  • Published: Wed 23/12/2020, 16:45 PM
  • Closing on: Fri 22/01/2021, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: M2 (£94,073 to £100,487)
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Hackney

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Head of Service: High Needs and School Places

Hackney Education is the Education Services department within Hackney Council. It provides a range of statutory and traded services to support the education of children, young people, and adults in the borough. Hackneys vision is to provide excellent education for every child, young person, and adult learner. As one of the UK’s highest performing local authorities, serving one of London’s best places to live and work. Hackney have been able to build a strong reputation for collaborative working and inclusive practice, they pride themselves on their ability to promote a caring ethos with strong community links across Education. The council hold a high retention of staff which they feel is credit to the continued learning and development they promote within staff.

Hackney have achieved a huge amount: our services, our schools, our public spaces are all amongst the very best. We have changed the reputation, not just of the Council, but of Hackney itself. Bringing jobs and investment into the borough, securing the legacy from the 2012 Games, and making this a place of which we can all be proud. Hackneys Education Directorate has been cited as one of the top boroughs in respect of their service offering and are now looking for a strong and robust leader to ensure consistency and drive their improvement agenda forward.

Start date: March 2021 or earlier if available

To be considered for this post you hold a proven track record as an enthusiastic experienced senior leader within Education with a background in Local Government. You will be the strategic lead for these services and the line manager of an excellent team of colleagues across disciplines such as School Admissions, Transport, Educational Psychology and SEND. In doing so, you will play a pivotal role in ensuring high quality provision for all our Hackney children, particularly those with special educational needs. You will be the key Hackney link, with your teams, between children and their families and providers. You will also be the key strategic link for provision for excluded pupils.

In leading all these areas, we expect you to be:

  • Passionate about highest standards for all, particularly for the most vulnerable
  • Clear about strategic direction
  • An advocate for partnership working
  • Strong on high quality management and delivery, with relevant experience
  • Responsible and responsive
  • Sensitive to the needs of all stakeholders
  • A very good communicator, in speaking and writing
  • Financially astute.

As well as leading and managing these teams, the post holder will be a key member of the Senior Leadership Team for Hackney Education (the education service for Hackney Council), contributing strategically and operationally to running the central education service in Hackney.

We are looking for a highly motivated, energetic, optimistic and compassionate leader, with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities around including children and young people with high needs in a range of educational settings and supporting their optimum progress.

You will have senior level relevant experience in a school (headteacher or deputy headteacher) or education service (service leader or more senior). 


If you meet the above criteria and would like to apply for this role, please email your updated CV to or call Josie Ward (Lead Consultant on this campaign) on 0117 313 7110.

Closing date: Friday, 22nd January, 2021

Interviews and assessment: Initial competency interviews will be held in January on the proviso that successful candidates will then be shortlisted for a formal interview with the council in February, starting the role formally once employment checks have been completed.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, as this group is currently under represented in our workforce.