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Strategic Manager SEND

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
£70,999 - £74,630
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Directorate: Children and Family Services

Section: Education

Grade: SM4

Actual Salary: £70,999 - £74,630

Hours: 37


This advert is open to both Internal and External applicants.


Want to feel proud of your achievements every day?


Are you someone with a passion for ensuring children and young people with special educational needs and disability achieve their potential and aspirations into adulthood? Do you have the experience, knowledge and ability to impact on outcomes, but also the empathy to understand the pressures within the SEND sector both regionally and nationally? Do you have ideas to make improvements and the courage to lead a team to implement change through co-production?


We are looking for a Strategic Manager for SEND as our excellent current postholder is moving on to even bigger things.


It is an exciting time in Stoke-on-Trent, and you’ll be joining at a pivotal point following our recent SEND area inspection which demonstrated the progress we have made and the strengths we have. People with SEND are valued in Stoke-on-Trent, and there is a city-wide determination that they will get the support they need to thrive.


Ofsted said:

Across the partnership, there is a tenacious commitment to improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND. There is now a rich dialogue about individual children and young people and a drive to understand their needs to implement suitable provisions accurately. The partnership has a clear strategy for future development, and there is strong evidence of co-production in developing this vision


So you know you will be joining a team that is ambitious and you will have the ability to strategically influence the service and also shape a team of experienced professionals. It's an exciting time, incredibly challenging and with the opportunity to make changes building on our improvement plans. 


You will lead and manage a team of SEND Managers ensuring that our quality of practice is of a high standard and ensure our case work is relational, restorative, and child centred.


You will work closely with teams across health, social care providers and the local authority to ensure needs are identified early and appropriate provision is in place.


You will contribute to sufficiency planning of services and education placements and preparation for adulthood priorities across the local areas.


You will also ensure our SEND team works collaboratively with parents and carers, social care and health colleagues, the voluntary sector and wider inclusion services, to ensure that outcomes for children and young people with SEND are promoted and supported in all settings.


Close working with leaders from early years, mainstream and special school settings will form an important part of this opportunity, so the ability to form positive and constructive relationships will be key for the successful candidate.  You will also ensure strong communication and engagement with parents/carers and children and young people.


This position offers a unique leadership role that will allow you to continue to develop and transform services based on feedback from all partners in Stoke-on-Trent.


For an informal discussion please contact 


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This position is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


Please note that if an employee who is currently at risk of redundancy within the organisation applies for this vacancy their application will receive priority.  If this happens you will be advised accordingly.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Stoke-on-Trent City Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this – we therefore encourage applications from all sections of our community. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed together.


To Apply - please visit our website If you have any queries or want an application form in another format, please email or call us on 01782 238189.


About us

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is a unitary authority employing approximately 4,600 staff who deliver 700 services to more than 260,000 residents. Our city comprises of six towns: Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall. We are a city of strengths, with a proud heritage and bright future. We have undergone significant changes over the last few years. New ways of working have already transformed many service areas and we are determined to continue to develop more innovative approaches to ensure that we can maximise the benefits of transformation.

Our city

Although the 13th largest city in the UK, Stoke-on-Trent is rapidly outstripping a number of parts of the country with our economic growth and recovery.

Stoke-on-Trent is a city with a strong sense of civic pride - we’ve been voted the kindest city in the UK – and a place where you’ll receive a hugely warm welcome. We have a rich and diverse culture, steeped in our prestigious industrial heritage as the celebrated ‘world capital of ceramics’. But we don’t just want to celebrate our proud past – we firmly believe that Stoke-on-Trent’s best years are ahead of it. We are determined to raise aspirations and match them with high-quality education and health provision, as well as improved opportunities to secure fulfilling and well-paid work. Through uniting social and economic opportunities, we are maximising the full power of the city council as a secure and steadfast institution within the city.

Rewards and benefits

When you work for Stoke-on-Trent City Council you’ll be helping to improve the lives and wellbeing of our residents. We’ll provide you with support, learning opportunities and flexible working options and some amazing benefits including; a competitive salary, generous holidays, an excellent defined local authority benefit pension scheme, annual leave purchase scheme, cycle to work schemes just to name a few. We also have access to lifestyle benefits which offer a wide range of discounts such as family days out, travel, retail and many more.

Our commitment to you

Vibrancy and diversity are two of Stoke-on-Trent’s greatest assets. A city founded on creative endeavour should value and celebrate the multitude of voices, ideas and identities that shape its culture. We are committed to creating a culture which is truly inclusive, where all staff feel valued, listened to, supported and able to do their work to the best of their abilities at all times. And we must ensure that our decisions and policies nurture and empower communities across our city and do not inadvertently disadvantage groups and individuals that we want to help to thrive.

Our approach to Equality and Diversity is an invitation to all our communities to work with and for us so we can continue to improve how we deliver services residents need.

Our employee networks are inclusive, open forums for colleagues with similar lived experiences. They allow staff to meet, support and mentor each other, alongside being a voice for under-represented groups to advise and support the organisation when developing policies and services.

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