Welcome from Sheila Durr, Executive Director of Children and Young People

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the role of Director of Education and Skills. This is a key leadership opportunity to work in an exciting Borough with the challenges of working in a high-performing Council.

As an organisation, we want Bury to be one of the best places for children and young people to thrive and prosper.  We want them all to enjoy excellent education and to develop the skills and determination they need to succeed.

There is a real vibrancy around the council’s future aspirations for Bury and its place in the wider Greater Manchester agenda.  This role is an opportunity for you to be a part of this at an exciting time of transformation.

Reporting directly to me, you will be part of our strategic leadership team and will have a key role in collaborating with the wider team, Elected Members and other stakeholders to shape the future vision and direction of the Council.

Working together we can deliver on making sure that every Bury child and young person is inspired to reach for the stars!

I look forward to receiving your application to step into this exciting role.


Sheila Durr, Executive Director of Children and Young People

The Role - Director of Education and Skills

Up to £105,000

As the new Director of Education and Skills at Bury Council, you will be working to the newly appointed Executive Director for Children and Young People and have the opportunity to benefit from the positive work that has been done to invest in the team and this important service.

We have been working to develop school leadership and an improvement model that will see you leading our 0-24 strategy with schools, and with early years, FE and HE providers on skills for work and skills for life. Education excellence for all children and young people is our top priority and we are ambitious in tackling underperformance. To do this, you’ll be working to influence and drive partnership working with new approaches and innovation to build on these foundations and achieve our plans.

You will come in to lead a team who have been working hard to build the relationships and partnerships with our schools and employers and continue to develop and promote an education strategy fit for an authority with a rich educational heritage and a key role on the wider Greater Manchester agenda.

We don’t hide the size of the challenge – but by the same token it is a big opportunity to be at the forefront of modern thinking in this area. You’ll need to be an effective corporate contributor and be able to work with and alongside our Members who are passionate about improving life chance for all of Bury’s children and young people.

If you’re ready to share your learning for the benefit of ours, we would like to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion please contact Rob Naylor on 07922 417 550, Helen Alwell on 07809 905467 or David Slatter on 07500 828 610 at our recruitment partners Penna.

Closing date for Applications -  Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 9:00am

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