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Head of Education

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Corbyn Road, Russells Hall Estate, Dudley
£79,133.00 to £82,687.00 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Children First and at the Heart of all we do. 

Are you passionate about securing brilliant outcomes for our Children and Young People? Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of Dudley learners?  Can you be a driver for change across a wide range of partners and services?  If so, then this is an exciting opportunity to join us at Dudley Council as Head of Education.

Parents want their children to have the best start in life and to reach their full potential, and as Children’s Services we have equally high aspirations for all children and young people in the borough.

This role is an exciting and varied role within Education, SEND and Family Solutions, and provides the senior and strategic leadership to a range of services providing support to schools and settings and raising aspiration and attainment in respect of children and young people’s educational outcomes and employment prospects.   

A challenging yet truly rewarding role, we are seeking someone with an understanding of the education system locally, a vision for obtaining the best educational outcomes for all of the borough’s children, and someone who can develop the credibility and respect of our staff, key partners and stakeholders.

As a strategic leader you will be part of the Education, SEND and Family Solutions Senior Team in Dudley Children’s Services Directorate and will champion the best possible opportunities for the education of children and young people.

As a restorative council we work collaboratively with each other and our partners to positively engage with our children and young people to collectively ensure that they are able to make accelerated progress and achieve their potential.

Our Head of Education leads and supports a number of key services including:

•         Admissions

•         Connexions

•         Education Psychology

•         School Improvement & Inclusion

•         Attendance & Education Support

As the Head of Education you will build on the successes of the team and be supported by the Service Director for Education, SEND and Family Solutions in developing our services and in partnership with schools and settings to deliver the best possible outcomes for our children

We are looking to appoint a creative, innovative individual to promote excellent education outcomes for all of our children and young people. If you think this role is for you, we look forward to receiving your application.

For further information or an informal conversation about the role please contact Sal Thirlway, Service Director for Education, SEND and Family Solutions (

Application Deadline: 27th June

Shortlisting: 28th June

Young People Panel Interview: TBC

Final Panel Interview: 4th July 

So that we can demonstrate Dudley’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to improve bias in the recruitment process that could create barriers for candidates. Your personal data will be anonymised when you apply, to ensure that you comply with our anonymisation process, please ensure you have removed your name and date of birth from any attachments prior to uploading them to your application.  

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About Dudley Council

It’s an incredibly exciting time to work in Dudley Council as we embark on numerous multi-million pound regeneration schemes which will be real game-changers for the borough. In addition to the exciting schemes such as the Midland Metro we also have the ongoing and very serious challenges of ensuring vulnerable people across the borough receive the services they deserve.

At Dudley Council we have a ‘one council’ ethos that builds an effective and dynamic organisation which grows the economy and creates jobs, creating a cleaner and greener place and supports stronger and safer communities.

We are rightly proud to be the historic capital of the Black Country and, working with our partners, Dudley Council is also committed to looking forward and helping to deliver our borough vision of ‘Forge a Future for all’

We ensure communities influence council decisions and are committed to delivering services in partnership with communities.  We provide flexible and responsive service in partnership and help communities help themselves.

In joining a local authority that serves 320,000 residents you will become an integral part of a council that:

• is ready to embrace change, providing an environment in which you will be encouraged to make your mark

• is aware of its key challenges and the need for a new energy to innovate the council, in order to find cost effective ways of delivering services

• has aligned its political and managerial leadership structures and is committed to protecting, securing and transforming the lives of children, families, the vulnerable and older people

• wants borough residents to have their say through our community forums

• dedicates time to meaningful consultation and listen to the views of our residents

• is working with the community to encourage active involvement of our residents

We want to leave a legacy of a better future for the borough that reflects Dudley borough’s potential and harnesses the ambitions of the people we serve. For more information see our Council Plan, Dudley Borough Vision for 2030, Forging a Future for All and key information about the borough and its communities at All about Dudley Borough

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