Director of SEND and Inclusion

London Borough of Barnet


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government, Social Care

  • Salary/Remuneration

    £89,011 to £98,901 per annum fully inclusive

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    18 April 2022

  • Client

    London Borough of Barnet

Ref: GSe86156

Barnet’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Service has made huge progress over the last five years and has very recently received a positive Local Area SEND Ofsted Inspection (published 17th March 2022). We are passionate about delivering good outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Our systems are efficient and effective in ensuring we meet statutory deadlines for over 95% of assessments and for quality assuring our EHCPs and the services we offer to children and young people, their families and schools. Our Educational Psychology and Specialist Inclusion Advisory services are highly valued by schools. There is a strong focus on inclusion and working in close partnership with all stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

This is a unique opportunity for an aspiring and successful SEND Leader to move to a new level in a high performing authority where the strategic partnership between the council and BELS provides additional opportunities to grow services in Barnet and beyond.

In September 2020, Barnet Council entered into a new strategic partnership with Barnet Education and Learning Service (BELS), a limited company wholly owned by the council, to provide the council’s education services.

The partnership was established in consultation with Barnet schools and the steering group of the Parent-Carer Forum.

The post will be based in BELS, reporting to the ‘Chief Executive and Director of Education and Learning’, and will also be a member of the Senior Leadership Team of Family Services in the council. The post-holder will be on a joint employment contract with BELS and the council, paid via the council and a member of the council’s local government pension scheme.

You will need to be a dynamic, experienced and capable leader, able to maintain and build on our excellent quality standards and our very positive relationship with our partners in social care, health, schools, settings and further education as well as a very strong partnership with our Barnet Parent Carer Forum.

As Director you will make a direct contribution to the leadership of BELS, deputising for the Chief Executive where required. You will also work closely with the council’s Executive Director of Children’s Services and be a member of their senior management team and will be instrumental in supporting the council’s vision of a Family Friendly Barnet and our commitment to building the resilience of communities, families and children.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Frazer Thouard (07384 810 743) or Sian Roberts (01978 862 768) from GatenbySanderson. 

Closing date for applications: midnight, Monday, 18th April 2022.


“It is important to us at BELS that our organisation reflects all members of our community and we strongly encourage members of ethnic minority communities to apply”

Barnet Education and Learning Service are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check is required for all successful applicants. In addition, if this post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations, the successful applicant will be required to declare.           


We value diversity.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight Monday 18th April 2022


How to Apply

  • Please submit your CV along with a Supporting Statement addressing the person specification criteria, evidencing how you meet the criteria.
  • Detail any employment or education gaps.
  • Be ready to provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees; one should be your current or most recent employer. Referees will be contacted for those proceeding to final stages. We will always gain your permission before we contact referees.
  • Let us know any difficulty you may have with the indicative timetable.
  • Check that your contact details are correct before you submit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email confirmation. If you do not receive, please email