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Head of Alternative Provision

North Yorkshire Council
Northallerton, North Yorkshire/ Hybrid
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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Salary: £73,755

Location: Northallerton / Hybrid

North Yorkshire Council have a national reputation for excellence, and we are looking for an ambitious and high performing Head of Alternative Provision and Section 19 to join our inclusion service, providing strategic management and performance in the area of SEND and Inclusion across the county, working collaboratively with partner organisations to implement change and transformation to ensure high quality practice, budget accountability and high outcomes for children and young people.

Our vision is to ensure children and young people aged 0-25 years that require support are identified at the earliest stage and receive the right support to maximise their potential and achievements. You will ensure high quality care is provided to ensure this is aspirational for children and young people with SEND and that lived experiences inform service development on an ongoing basis.

As the new Head of Alternative Provision, you will use your extensive knowledge of the SEN code of practice and local authority statutory responsibilities to deliver strategic management and performance in the area of SEND and Inclusion across North Yorkshire County, ensuring effective delivery of strategic plans across SEND and Inclusion for Attendance, AP, EOTAS, SEMH, and Physical, Sensory, Medical needs.

Within the role you will be working across services leading and implementing change and transformation whilst aiming for high outcomes for children and young people.

You will work closely with our children and young people and their parents/ carers ensuring their voices are heard in the participation of decision making at individual and strategic levels ensuing opportunities and co-production is maximised at all times.

We are looking for someone who has the passion for ensuring children and young people with special educational needs and disability achieve their potential and aspirations into adulthood.

Together with your understanding of the national framework within schools , you will have extensive knowledge of current national developments in terms of SEND and wider educational issues which will impact North Yorkshire as a Local Authority

You will have significant experience of collaborative and partnership working across a wide range of settings including education settings, health, local authority, parents/carers, children and young people. Your highly credible track record and effective relationships will inspire our partners to develop agile and effective solutions.

This position offers a unique leadership role that will allow you to continue to develop and transform services by keeping up to date with research and development in the field of SEN and inclusion, this will enable you to implement this across the service ensuring North Yorkshire is a highly acclaimed local authority, both regionally and nationally, for the work we do. 

Close date: 28th April 2024


From the 1st April 2023 the eight district, borough and county councils in North Yorkshire merge to form the new Council, serving 611,000 residents.

The County of North Yorkshire is the largest County in England and Wales. Within the county are 598 square miles of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and 530 square miles of the North York Moors National Park. The county is included in the Yorkshire and Humberside Region.

Whilst the economy of the County has traditionally been dependent on agriculture and tourism, there is a fast growing high technology base and this, together with other forms of light manufacturing industry, is of increasing importance. The Council has an active policy of economic development and the predominantly rural character of the County is highly attractive to high technology businesses as well as the traditional industries of farming, food production and tourism. The County contains several centres of great historic interest, market towns that invite light industrial development, the modern coalfield area in the South, scenic, lightly populated upland areas and the extensive lowland area in the Vale of York.

With a brand new Council, newly elected members, the prospect of a new combined authority as well as its’ first ever mayor, North Yorkshire is on the cusp of a new dawn. The county already has firm foundations - a strong culture and identity which is rich in heritage; thriving communities where the people and places are resilient and innovative; beautiful scenery with stunning landscapes, quaint villages, market and coastal towns; plus the vibrant cities of York and Leeds just on the doorstep.  This amazing county combines the best of the traditional and the modern, and is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK.  North Yorkshire is a great place to live, work and do business.

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