Head of Education Capital and Place Planning

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/04/2024 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
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Vacancy ID:
Closing date:
17 Apr
Further Information
Acting as operational lead for the delivery of Council services that includes, but is not limited to:

Ensuring that both the Councils meet their statutory duties with regard to:

• Education place planning
• Commissioning and delivery of education capital schemes to provide sufficient high-quality places, including SEND
• To deliver the Council’s function in establishing new schools Peterborough, including running competitions for new free schools

Takes collective and shared responsibility for the effective leadership and management of the Council’s services and delivery of improved outcomes and the achievement of value for money.

1. To effectively lead and deliver the strategic education place planning function, both mainstream and special - for the populations served by Peterborough City Council (PCC), to secure an appropriate match between places and demand across the geography, including the commissioning of new provision. This should support the delivery of the Directorate’s vision that every child should have access to a great school place in their community. Ensure that there is a clear focus on promoting health and safety and safeguarding of children and staff.

2. To ensure that there are effective arrangements for analysis and forecasting demand to inform planning and commissioning of places.

3. To ensure that the Council proactively bids for and secures national funding available including via submitting data returns and specific initiatives such as further Free School opportunities.

4. To ensure that the Councils secure appropriate levels of S106, Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Basic Need capital funding to invest in the expansion of existing provision, and the establishment of new provision.

5. To develop and deliver effective and sustainable mechanisms for identifying future need for school and post-16 places (including SEND). This includes working with the Early Years team to identify sufficiency implications for school places and capital schemes. Proactively establish a response to this working proactively and innovatively with internal and external partners, including securing appropriate levels of funding to invest in the expansion of existing provision and the establishment of new provision.

6. To work with the lead for Admissions and Attendance to ensure that every child living in Peterborough whose parents wish for them to be educated at a maintained or Academy school is provided with a school place.

7. To act as client in the determination of how new school provision should be delivered and work in partnership with the corporate property function to deliver projects on time and within budget scope.

8. To act as service lead for Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) relating to schools, working with corporate services to effectively manage the contract and budget.

9. To represent the Council at national and regional network and best practice meetings, bringing in approaches that improve PCC policies and service delivery.

The post holder will be responsible for the following service areas:

Statutory Responsibilities:
• Place Planning
• Commissioning of major capital education schemes, including new schools
• Commissioning of programme of education capital schemes, including expansion of schools, maintenance programme
• Coordinating the response to academisation

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Peterborough and want our workforce to reflect this diversity, which we believe is beneficial for our employees, the organisation and the communities we serve.
Please note
This job is closed for applications.