Assistant Director

Location Somerset, England
Job type Contract
Salary £594.13 - 594.13 per day
Reference 160765

Sanctuary Personnel, a committed and competitive recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Assistant Director to work based in North Somerset.

The pay rate for this locum Assistant Director job is £594.13 per day and is an initial 3-month contract.


  • Make North Somerset a truly great place for children and young people to thrive; where all have the best possible life and opportunities, including those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or have special educational or additional needs
  • Develop services that ensure children are given the best start in life and are able to achieve their potential, to raise attainment, be aspirational and address the causes of inequalities in educational outcomes and attainment
  • Develop stronger relationships with partners including schools, academies, colleges, universities and other providers across North Somerset, the West of England and the South West region to influence and raise standards and close the gaps in learning for all of our children and young people
  • Maintain an effective oversight for school place planning and capital investment in schools, ensuring that the Council’s commissioning and planning for school places across the age range, and programmes for capital investment in schools, are designed to achieve the best outcomes for students
  • Lead education professional, providing advice to the Council and the Director of Children and Young People’s Services, and deputising for the director as appropriate
  • Make an effective contribution to the Directorate Leadership Team, ensuring effective strategic planning of services, performance and budget management
  • Maintain an effective oversight for the strategic planning and policies of a wide range of Education services including SEND / Education Inclusion, School place planning and commissioning, Schools and Early Years Funding, Early Years provision, Virtual School, School improvement and traded Music Service (shared with South Gloucestershire Council)
  • Ensure the contractual relationship with Somerset Support Services for traded Education services is managed to make sure that delivery of services and contract compliance meets the needs of the service
  • Ensure the development and implementation of future service plans as part of wider directorate and corporate planning
  • Monitor the performance of maintained schools in North Somerset and mobilise school improvement support where required in line with the council's vision and the legislative requirements of various Education Acts
  • Work collaboratively with RSC, DfE and Ofsted to improve school performance and standards across the local authority area
  • Support the investigation of Ofsted complaints/referrals and ensure the council fulfils its duty in referring matters to the relevant statutory bodies such as the Teaching Regulations Agency in cases of misconduct
  • Hold schools to account and challenge, where appropriate, in order to improve educational achievement and learning outcomes for all North Somerset children and young people, including those looked after, those in receipt of free school meals, those with special educational needs, and those at risk of exclusion
  • Oversee the local authority’s role in head teacher appointments to ensure recruitment is of the requisite standard and skills mix for each school and the area
  • Be responsible for the spend in relation to the Dedicated Schools Grant and lead the strategy to reduce the deficit, in liaison with the Strategic Schools’ Forum, Finance colleagues and the Department for Education

Requirements of the Assistant Director:

  • Qualified to degree level
  • Qualified teacher status
  • Further relevant professional qualifications
  • Significant experience of education leadership in a school/multi academy trust/FE or local authority setting
  • Experience of developing and leading high performing teams
  • Experience of working with elected members
  • Experience of successfully planning and delivering service improvement and budget management
  • Experience of working successfully with education, health and local authority leaders
  • Experience of using partnership structures to design and effect successful change
  • Successful track record of building effective partnerships with schools, academies and colleges to create and develop opportunities to improve educational outcomes
  • Knowledge of current educational policy especially as it relates to curriculum, teaching, assessment, leadership and management and school improvement
  • Knowledge and understanding of SEND legislation and policy to ensure effective SEND provision
  • Knowledge and understanding of current legislation and systems of education delivery, governance and funding
  • Credibility and ability to influence school and education leaders
  • Ability to communicate effectively through the spoken and written word
  • Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively across education, health, children’s and broader place services to deliver priority sustainable outcomes
  • Highly developed communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to both challenge and influence the whole system as a champion for children and maintaining working relationships
  • Ability to show system leadership and achieve improved outcomes for children and young people
  • Valid driving licence and own transport, or be able to provide alternative, suitable method of travel
  •  Satisfactory DBS check (relevant applications and checks will be carried out before any job offer is confirmed)

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Daily payroll
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive education knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each candidate you refer who we successfully place
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support
  • In house payroll system
  • Revalidation
  • Industry leading shift booking system
  • Nationwide coverage including the Channel islands


This Assistant Director job is advertised by Billy Holland; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.