Head of Inclusion and Empowerment

£77,927 - £81,642
07 Jan 2021
25 Jan 2021
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Head of Inclusion & Empowerment

Soulbury SEIP 35 – 38

£77,927 - £81,642 per annum

Our Vision for 2030 is that Wolverhampton will be a place where people come from far and wide to work, shop, study and enjoy our vibrant city. It will be transformed while still retaining all of those attributes that give our city its unique identity. A healthy, thriving and sustainable international ‘smart city’ - renowned for its booming economy and skilled workforce, rich diversity and a commitment to fairness and equality that ensures everyone has the chance to benefit from success.

Ensuring that all children and young people get the best possible start in life is central to the City of Wolverhampton’s vision for the future. In 2020 we launched our new SEND Strategy, which sets the ambition for Wolverhampton to be an inclusive city where we work with children and young people with SEND and their families to enable and empower them to lead a good quality life and achieve their potential.

To help us to achieve our goals, we are recruiting a Head of Inclusion and Empowerment, reporting to the Deputy Director for Education, to join our leadership team. We are a dynamic, high performing and progressive organisation. Our continued drive for improvement has led to recognition and several awards in recent years. Children’s Service in Wolverhampton are rated as good by OFSTED.

The successful candidate will provide the vision, leadership and direction to deliver aspirational outcomes for the City of Wolverhampton and its most vulnerable learners. With a strong education background, you will be responsible for leading services to promote inclusion, empowerment and educational outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs or who may be vulnerable, including:

  • Vulnerable learners – education welfare, elective home education, exclusions, virtual school
  • SEND Early identification and support – early years, sensory inclusion, specialist teachers
  • SEND statutory assessment, planning and review
  • Educational psychology
  • SEND specialist commissioning

This is a significant systems leadership role and the successful candidate will need to establish and maintain strong partnerships with services and stakeholders across education, health and social care in order to help the City achieve its ambitions for our children and young people.

There’s never been a better time to join the award-winning City of Wolverhampton Council to further your career.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact:

Emma Bennett – Director of Children’s and Adult Service


01902 551449

City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria.  The council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.

Our application system is anonymous, this means recruitment interview panel members will not receive details of your name or date of birth unless you are invited to attend an interview. We are not able to hide personal information from any attachments that you upload so we request that you remove your name, date of birth and any personal information from any supporting documentation. The shortlisting panel will receive your candidate pack in full (including any attachments) showing your candidate number. If you are invited to attend an interview, panel members will be provided with your name.

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