Head of School Place Planning, Commissioning & Edu

Akton Recruitment Ltd
London,United Kingdom
£700 - £700 Per Year
02 May 2022 09:49
23 May 2022 23:59
Job Level
Head of
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of School Place Planning, Commissioning & Edu

Head of School Place Planning, Commissioning & Educational Capital Delivery£700/DayROLE PURPOSE:Leading the Corporate Schools Sufficiency Planning Process and school place planning and commissioning service, meeting statutory targets, and ensuring agreed service plans and performance targets are delivered. Lead all school place planning, commissioning, and decommissioning of schools and education services, in order to provide residents with sufficient high-quality places in all types of school across the borough, and maintain culture of putting our residents first and continuous service improvement.

Main Roles:

* Manage the School Place Planning Officer and the Education Development and Building Projects Lead, Project officers.* Work closely with the Data and performance officers, SEN Commissioner and colleagues across the council in Education, Data, Finance, Property and Planning.* Establish strong working links with relevant DfE officers and project managers in order to progress school improvement projects and new schools across the borough.* Initiate and respond to school issues - raised by Members, schools; headteachers, governing bodies, Trusts, parents, other stakeholders.* Work with all schools, their headteachers, governors and Trusts, in reviewing and adjusting sufficiency to meet local needs.* Prepare bids for funding capital programmes and deliver projects commissioned and funded by the council and DfE to provide extra school places.* Respond to DfE statutory and other requests for information and data. Experience:

  • Experience of leading school place planning and education capital functions, ideally in London
  • Experience working with many different academy trusts and foundation schools as well as a minority of community schools
  • Experience of leading free school bids, PAN reductions, bulge classes, infant and junior amalgamations, academy conversion.
  • Experience supporting planning applications of schools, including on playing fields and in greenbelt.
  • Experience working in an authority with high delegation to schools and lean central services.


  • Sound knowledge of school organisation legislation and policy and demonstrate analytical skills to undertake statistical data analysis for DfE returns, Cabinet committees and Education Estates Strategy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key issues affecting schools and local authorities in relation to the areas of school place planning, school reorganisation and school maintenance.
  • Sound knowledge of legislation and guidance on school organisation, academies and free schools, and school maintenance.
  • Knowledge and/or practical experience of managing school transformation and re-organisation, commissioning, and de-commissioning.