I am delighted you are interested in the post of Assistant Director for Education and Inclusion in Bury. Bury has a lot going for it – it’s a great place to live, work, study and visit and it has been voted the happiest place to live in Greater Manchester by Right Move. Should your application be successful, I have every confidence you will be glad you joined us.
Whilst there have been some challenges in Bury in the last year, I have been impressed by the way our staff and our partners have demonstrated a commitment and tenacity to grab the opportunities that these challenges have presented. For example, following an inspection of our SEND provision in June 2017 that had a poor outcome, partners have galvanised themselves to work positively together in a very different way. “Co-production” is now at the cornerstone of the work and parents and children are already feeling the benefits of this new approach. Building these working relationships is also helping us to shape the delivery of our transformation plan.
Historically, Bury schools have always achieved well and our primary schools have continued overall to make progress. However, some of our secondary schools are now beginning to show a fall in their progress and the school improvement system needs to become more robust to address the issues. As the new Assistant Director for Education you will need to drive improvements in education through partnership and collaboration so that all children in Bury achieve their potential. You will need to demonstrate substantial leadership experience to continue to build and develop the relationships with our schools and support them to overcome some of the barriers to progress.
We are lucky in Bury. Most of our children and young people do achieve well and do lead good lives, but we need you to join our team to make sure that none of our children are left behind in Bury.
I look forward to meeting you.
Interim Executive Director, Children, Young People and Culture