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Head of Additional Learning Needs and Wellbeing

Are you passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people with additional learning needs? The Vale of Glamorgan Council is seeking a dedicated and visionary leader to become our next Head of Additional Learning Needs and Wellbeing.


In this pivotal role, you will spearhead our efforts to provide inclusive, high-quality education and support services, ensuring that every learner can thrive. Join us in our commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment where your leadership will drive meaningful change and make a lasting impact on our community.


About the role


  • Role profile

    We are seeking a dedicated and visionary leader to take on the role of Head of Additional Learning Needs and Wellbeing. This role is crucial in implementing the ALN Act and supporting pupils with complex needs, educational psychology, and specialist services. Collaboration is paramount, and you will forge close ties with colleagues across the Learning and Skills Directorate and other areas of the Council, Schools and beyond to ensure comprehensive support for schools, pupils, and families.


    Grade: Head of Service

    Location: Civic Offices, Barry and remote working

  • Key responsibilities
    • Strategic Leadership: Provide visionary leadership to develop and implement strategic plans for ALN and wellbeing, aligning with the Council’s vision and objectives
    • Operational Management: Ensure the effective delivery and continuous improvement of ALN services, meeting the needs of pupils and maintaining high standards
    • Safeguarding: Act as the Local Authority Designated Lead Officer for Safeguarding in Education, ensuring robust safeguarding policies and practices
    • Collaboration: Work closely with internal and external stakeholders, fostering partnerships to enhance service delivery and support for schools, pupils, and families
    • Team Leadership: Inspire and manage teams, promoting a values-driven culture and providing professional development opportunities
    • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain effective relationships with elected members, senior leaders, school colleagues, regulatory bodies, and external partners
    • Service Improvement: Drive innovation and transformation within the directorate to deliver continuous improvement and adapt to changing needs
  • Working with us

    Welcome to the Vale of Glamorgan, an area celebrated for its breathtaking coastline, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant communities. As one of Wales's top-performing local authorities, we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, innovation, and the wellbeing of our residents. The Vale of Glamorgan is not only a picturesque place to live and work but also a dynamic and supportive environment for education professionals.


    We are a consistently high-performing local authority with a strong record of achievement across service areas. Our Sustainable Communities for Learning Programme has seen extensive, capital investment across our school estate, including the delivery of Wales' first Zero Carbon school, with the provision of facilities for pupil with ALN being central to our programme.


    Our organisational culture is built on the core values of being Open, Together, Ambitious, and Proud. These values guide everything we do, fostering a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere where every team member is empowered to contribute to our shared goals. We believe in being transparent and approachable, working together as a cohesive unit, striving for excellence in all our endeavours, and taking pride in our achievements and our community.


    The Vale of Glamorgan has recently received positive Estyn inspection reports, which commend our innovative approaches, strong leadership, and commitment to continuous improvement. These accolades are a testament to our dedication to creating inclusive and effective learning environments where all students can succeed.


    Our Vale is a tapestry of diverse communities, each with its own unique educational aspirations and challenges. From bustling urban centres to picturesque rural villages and stunning coastal areas, we understand the importance of tailoring our educational initiatives to meet the diverse needs of our residents. With a population exceeding 130,000 residents, our impact on education reaches every corner of the Vale of Glamorgan. Whether it's through our schools, youth services, or adult learning programs, we're dedicated to nurturing the potential of every individual and ensuring equal access to quality education for all.


    Our team of over 5,000 staff members aim for educational excellence in everything they do. From teachers and support staff to administrative professionals and community educators, each member of our team plays a vital role in shaping the future of our communities. Collaboration and partnership are at the heart of our success. Our schools, families, and community partners work hand in hand to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This collaborative spirit is integral to our success and is reflected in the strong support networks and resources available to our staff and students.


    Join us in the Vale of Glamorgan, where you will find a supportive and inspiring community dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our children and young people. Your expertise and leadership will be instrumental in driving positive change and ensuring that our learners receive the best possible support and education. As a public body, we take the long-term impact of our decisions seriously. By prioritising the wellbeing of future generations, we ensure that our educational initiatives not only meet the needs of today but also lay the foundation for a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow.


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How to apply

If you are ready to embark on a journey of innovation, collaboration, and impact, we want to hear from you.


Join us in shaping the future of education in the Vale of Glamorgan and making adifference in the lives of our learners. Apply now to become our next Head of Additional Learning Needs and Wellbeing!


Interviews will take place on 3 July 2024.


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