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Head Of SEND and Inclusion
  • Employer: London Borough of Hillingdon
  • Reference: SC00607
  • Published: Mon 28/11/2022, 1:15 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 28/12/2022, 1:15 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36
  • Salary: £86901 - £104283 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Hillingdon

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Head Of SEND and Inclusion

About us

Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.

Hillingdon is London's second largest borough, our staff live across Hillingdon and beyond, with our main council office at the Civic Centre in vibrant Uxbridge town centre.

Our borough offers fantastic transport links with the A40, M25, the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines all local to us, so you can travel to work with ease. Putting our residents first is at the heart of everything we do, and we are looking for talented and skilled people to help us deliver our wide range of services across the borough of Hillingdon.

About the role

We are looking to recruit a Head of SEND & Inclusion to join our Education and Send Services/Team? You will be working as part of a positive and collaborative team based in Uxbridge, with the option for hybrid working.

The Head of SEND & Inclusion provides strategic leadership and operational management of statutory children and young people's SEND services and associated preventative inclusion services in collaboration with education, health and social care partners.

This is a key role within the council reporting to the Executive Director of Education & SEND, with 3 Direct Reports and over 50 indirect staff, with responsibility for the following portfolio:

  • SEND Advisory Service - an integrated service comprising of two teams delivering inclusion, Early Support and Sensory intervention, working closely with the Educational Psychology Service
  • Educational Psychology (EP) Service - delivering the statutory EP service and traded offer to schools
  • SEND Team - dedicated primary and secondary teams delivering the statutory SEND function

About you

Our ideal person will have a professional qualification in a related field: such as an educational psychology qualification, qualified teacher status, SEN qualifications including the casework award at level 4 or above, combined with significant senior management expertise in a service for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities delivered within a Council's statutory SEND function.

  • lead the development and implementation of the SEND Sufficiency Strategy
  • support, champion and challenge providers so that children and young people with SEND are supported and educated
  • promote and enable the inclusion of children and young people with SEND as part of the wider EIPSENDS approach to inclusion
  • promote the welfare of children, young people and their families by ensuring that identified risks are minimised, protective factors

strengthened and that children, young people and vulnerable adults are effectively safeguarded.

  • deputise for the Executive Director of Education & SEND at SMT, Cabinet as and when required, participate in the Divisional Management Group


  • maintain an overview of all court and legal proceedings ensuring that planning is of a high quality, timely, and adheres to judicial protocol.
  • stimulate and support the meaningful involvement of families, children and young people in service development and evaluation as part of the

council's commitment to putting residents first

You will also have responsibility for the effective management of the budget for the service and be comfortable managing a large complex service and staffing budget.

What we offer

In addition to a salary of £86,901 - £104,283, this is the CO3 grade, we offer a range of Company benefits.

We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:

  • local government average salary pension scheme
  • free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
  • a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
  • generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
  • career breaks
  • flexible working hours
  • season ticket loan
  • access to a Credit Union
  • access to a wide range of training and courses
  • discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
  • payment of professional fees where these are required
  • discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
  • cycle purchase scheme
  • car sharing scheme
  • 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses

Additional information

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.

Due to an expected high volume of applications, we could close this role early, we therefore recommend you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.