Deputy Director Education, Employment & Skills

Deputy Director Education, Employment and Skills

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Our Deputy Director: Education, Employment & Skills has a vital role to play in realising our ambitions for Bradford. You will be responsible for getting our children ready to learn, accelerating education achievements, helping ensure our young people are ready for life and work and supporting the priority for employment and skills for all.

You’ll work with all they key stakeholders both locally and regionally to help drive up educational standards in Bradford.   You’ll work with schools, early year’s providers, colleges and training providers, business leaders and external partners to develop a citizen focused learning culture that promotes ambition and aspiration in young people and offers practical and achievable pathways to educational and training attainment in Bradford. You will play a key lead in the full span of education provision, paying particular attention to sections of our community with historically low attainment levels and you’ll strive to ensure that everyone in Bradford has access to the services they need to help them achieve their potential.

We expect that you’ll be able to offer compelling evidence of success at a senior management level within a similar setting and a highly developed understanding of the current challenges and opportunities within the Education, Employment and Skills agenda. You should be able to bring a strategic perspective to the role, grounded in a realistic understanding of the practical challenges of raising attainment levels and effecting cultural change. It’s essential that you can quickly establish and develop strong relationships with a range of partners and that you can build credibility and trust with head teachers, allowing you to support, influence and challenge provision in an appreciative way.

The Deputy Director will have responsibility for the leadership and management for education, employment and skills provision including:

  • Responsibility for improving Ofsted outcomes for schools and settings.
  • Performance and standards for schools and settings.
  • Support and challenge all schools and early years settings in raising standards.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of standards in schools and early years’ settings.
  • Developing a sector led system with clear lines of accountability and responsibility across all the stakeholders.
  • Promote and lead the interface between Teaching School Alliances, Partnerships and the local authority to raise standards.
  • The establishment of an Integrated Early Years offer embedding the Better Start investment.
  • The alignment of education, skills and employment to provide clear pathways and routes into work and the delivery of Get Bradford Working.
  • Special educational needs and disabilities including strategic leadership, commissioning provision, assessment of need, specialist support services, personalisation and transition planning.
  • Ensuring the local authority meets its statutory and regulatory functions in relation to behaviour and attendance.
  • School admissions and home to school transport policy and budgets.