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Director of Education and Skills 

Salary (Director Grade DG4) £87,603 - £90,815 per annum

Are you an inspiring Leader who promotes educational excellence for all children and young people?


Sheffield is an ambitious and inspiring city who have been awarded an overall ‘good’ rating by Ofsted for its Children’s Social Care. As part of the city’s commitment to children and young people and their improved outcomes we are seeking to appoint an outstanding Service Leader who possesses experience, ambition, and passion to drive the service forward and contribute to the strategic direction of the council.

Reporting to the Executive Director for People Services, you will lead, manage and shape excellent services to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in Sheffield.

You will be part of a Senior Leadership Team that has an innovative approach to service delivery, supported by dedicated staff and partners who put children and young people first in everything they do.

As Director for Education and Skills, you will take a lead role in delivering an excellent 0-19 (25 for SEND) education infrastructure maximising opportunities for all children and young people. You'll have the opportunity to influence and work with Sheffield’s highly collaborative and committed head teachers, governors, academy sponsors and other strategic partners to promote educational excellence and tackle underperformance. You will ensure that the Service is appropriately resourced, organised and structured to meet the Council's statutory obligations and ambitions.


You'll be responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of a number of key areas:

  • School Effectiveness Services – working with our partner Learn Sheffield
  • Statutory School and Academy Standards monitoring
  • SEND (special educational needs and disability) including Children with Disabilities services
  • Education Support services including fair access to all schools for every child
  • Provision for children outside mainstream education or missing education.
  • Working with Elected Members

We are looking for someone whose leadership can provide a culture and environment in which our excellent team can thrive. You will bring personal expertise, credibility with stakeholders, well-developed political and commercial awareness and a clear vision of how to realise the full potential of our education and skills service. 

To be successful in this complex and diverse role, you'll have an advanced knowledge and skill level in a number of specialties, including education, finance, management and procedural matters. You will have a proven track record of budget management ensuring resources and services available to the Council are utilised effectively and efficiently. You need to be able to draw on a background of success, with experience of systems leadership in education, in line with national and local guidance. 


Interested? then please read through the full Job description, to ensure that you can meet the required criteria before you submit your application.

For a confidential and informal discussion about this role, please contact John Macilwraith, Executive Director, Peoples Portfolio by telephoning 07932 126696 to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Closing Date: 8 November 2020.

Please note selection will be a 2-stage process. The first stage will take place week commencing 23 November 2020. Applicants successful at this initial stage will be invited to final interview week commencing 30 November.

This is a politically restricted post.

Sheffield Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.


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