School Improvement Partner (SEN & Inclusion)

Job Summary
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Full time
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03/12/2023 23:59
£64,985 - £68,434 / £72,016
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Civic Centre
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Closing date:
3 Dec
Further Information
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and qualified professional with drive, ability, and creativity to join Gateshead Council as a School Improvement Partner (SEN and Inclusion).


Can you be empathetic, supportive and an effective communicator but unafraid to challenge if it’s necessary? Can you be flexible, adaptable, and forward looking and have the vision and commitment to build on the existing exciting developments within our schools? Do you have a positive, solutions focused approach and recent expertise in curriculum development? Do you have knowledge and understanding of pedagogy and issues in education, including curriculum and development? Do you have a thorough knowledge of SEND, school statutory duties and of therapeutic approaches to inclusion and knowledge of how to bring school improvement which has a positive impact on children? If so, then you may be the candidate we are looking for.


As School Improvement partner (SEN and Inclusion), you will work as a senior member of the school improvement team to deliver a range of school improvement services for the 0 – 18 age range with the aim to make a real difference to children’s education in Gateshead and beyond.  You will therefore be a critical professional friend to schools by supporting their leaders to evaluate their school’s performance, identify priorities and plan effective change.


We are looking for some who has a desire for further personal and professional development in relation to SEND and school improvement; clarity of thinking and willingness to listen; a proven track record of leading successful, strategic change and successful implementation of new initiatives, demonstrating impact and next steps; experience of using the outcomes from school self-evaluation to plan effectively for school improvement, holding staff to account for the impact of their work delivering training and CPD to a range of audiences and success in improving the quality of teaching and learning with strong outcomes over a sustained period of time.


You will have qualified teacher status; successful Headteacher experience in the primary or special school sector; experience of creating an inclusive school; have knowledge of the Ofsted inspection framework and either be Ofsted trained or be willing to train; have successful experience of working in specialist provision or a setting with significant proportions of SEND children; have a thorough knowledge of the National Curriculum, including how this translates to a school curriculum, statutory and formative assessment; have the knowledge of how to analyse and use a range of quantitative and qualitative data in a school improvement context; have the ability to plan, provide and evaluate effective training, particularly in relation to SEND and inclusion, to lead and to work as a member of a team and to communicate information clearly, orally and in writing; have knowledge of how effective school governing bodies function and knowledge of inclusive practice and creating an inclusion school.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to plan strategically; to relate well to a wide range of people; to respond to and manage change; to take initiative and personal responsibility for delegated tasks; to meet deadlines, work under pressure and adjust demands if required; to solve complex problems, think outside the box and be innovative and to use IT effectively.

You must have the willingness to work outside of normal office hours and a full driving licence or access to mobility support. 

If you are successful, you will join a strong and dynamic team who works with schools across the northeast; work with a range of fantastic leaders and teachers in schools; be supported through a comprehensive professional development programme; be provided with excellent knowledge about school improvement and be given a highly competitive salary.


If successful you will have to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

For an informal discussion or to find out more about the post please contact Andrew Carr (andrewcarr@gateshead.gov.uk) to arrange an appointment with a member of the team.

Shortlisting - Monday 4th December 

Interviews - Thursday 21st December

Online applications only at http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/

Previous applicants need not apply.