Executive Recruitment

Head of Education and Skills

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Durham County Council
Closing date:
27th June
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
27th June 2018
Technical interviews
Possibly 5th or 6th July
Final Panel
Possibly 12th or 13th July


As one of the biggest councils in the country, with a proud tradition of delivering services and stable leadership, Durham County Council is facing the future with confidence.  In its first 10 years as a unitary authority we have achieved a great deal.  We have achieved our success through strong leadership, ambition, creative thinking, partnership working and sheer passion for what we do.  This is an exciting time to be joining the Council.  

The post of Head of Education and Skills is vital for us, and will help shape the way we service and support children and young people.  Moving forward, we need to forge a new partnership approach with our schools and academies, improve access to learning, and ensure that we work closely with health and other partners to enable better outcomes.  To help us succeed, we are looking for candidates with strong and relevant experience in an education setting who can bring about change via fresh ideas and determination.

I hope you are interested in this opportunity to join our team and if you are excited by the prospect of working for us, we would be delighted to hear from you.

(Relocation costs are also available for appointed candidates subject to certain criteria being met).

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Luke Judd
0113 205 6077
Philip Emms
0113 205 6078
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