Head of Education and Skills

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
05/03/2021 23:59
Job Category:
Executive / Managerial
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
County Hall, Durham
Number of posts:
Closing date:
5 Mar
Further Information

Head of Education and Skills

Durham is a beautiful and diverse county. Our natural and cultural assets create opportunity, and we are working with partners to realise opportunities for local people and improve quality of life for our residents. Education and skills are at the heart of our vision to build an even brighter future for the county.

The primary purpose of this key role will be to develop services that ensure children are given the best start in life and are able to achieve their potential, to raise attainment and address the causes of inequalities in educational outcomes. The diversity of the county brings a range of opportunities and challenges that will provide a rewarding environment for an ambitious leader.

We want to provide the best education and skills training so everyone has the chance to achieve their potential. You will drive the implementation of the council’s priorities for education and skills, by supporting Members and senior officers in setting the overarching strategies for people of all ages.

You will help ensure that young people are able to progress successfully from education into the workplace, developing the knowledge and skills required by employers, achieving their ambitions and enabling people of all ages to contribute to a vibrant and thriving economy. You will continue to build on our strong relationships with partners including schools, colleges, universities and other providers across our county.

The scale and scope of this role makes for a huge challenge, but also a fantastic opportunity. We’re looking for someone who has vision, energy, creativity, resilience and an absolute focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for residents, communities and the children and young people of our county. If that’s you, we want to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion about this exciting role, please contact our consultants at Penna: Nick Raper on 07715 690 463 or Helen Alwell on 07809 905467.

You can find further details regarding the position and submit an application via

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

Important Information for Members of the Local Government Pension Scheme
HM Revenue and Customs impose two controls on the amount of pension savings you can make without having to pay extra tax. These controls are known as the Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance. The Annual Allowance is the amount by which the value of your pension benefits may increase in any one year without you having to pay a tax charge. You are most likely to be affected by the Annual Allowance if you receive a significant pay increase, and/or you are a high earner. More information about the Annual Allowance can be found at the following link https://www.lgpsmember.org/docs/LGPS%20factsheet_AA.pdf.

The Lifetime Allowance is the total value of all pension benefits you can have without triggering an excess benefits tax charge, and is calculated by multiplying your annual pension by 20 and adding any lump sum you take from the pension scheme. If the value of your pension benefits when you draw them is more than the Lifetime Allowance, or more than any protections you may have, you will have to pay tax on the excess benefits. Since 2016/17 the Lifetime Allowance has been set at £1 million, increasing each year in line with inflation. More information about the Lifetime Allowance can be found at the following link https://lgpsmember.org/docs/LGPS%20factsheet_LTA.pdf.

If you are successful in your application for this post and wish to find out more about these controls, please contact the Pension Section at pensions@durham.gov.uk.