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Bracknell Forest Council is looking for a Senior Education Advisor to work alongside the Virtual School Headteacher to lead on the development and implementation of a strategy that will support and challenge education provisions and other professionals. We want to secure the best possible educational experiences and outcomes for children with a social worker and those who have previously had a social worker and who are aged 0-18.
In delivering on our duties as defined in the DfE guidance “Promoting the education of children with a social worker” you will work collaboratively with professionals and stakeholders to create a culture of high aspiration that helps this cohort of children make educational progress.
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What it's like working in our team...
We are a small team who work closely together and with our colleagues at Bracknell Forest Council and educational settings to improve the outcomes of children we care for (CLA), Care Leavers and other vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people to improve their educational experiences and outcomes.
The extension to the Virtual School Headteachers’s role will mean that our children with a social worker and who have previously had a social worker will benefit from a strategy that promotes a collaborative approach by all professionals and stakeholders to ensure that their challenges are addressed and outcomes improved – you can be part of the journey that will make a difference to their future.
You will be supported to carry out the following duties, responsibilities and training...
- To develop and enhance partnership working both internally with social care, SEND, Admissions, Safeguarding, Education Welfare Service, Educational Psychologists and YOS and externally with Nurseries, Schools, Colleges, Designated Teachers, Safeguarding Leads and Virtual Schools in other LAs.
- To identify the cohort of children within the LA who have and have previously had a social worker and identify barriers to learning with a focus on attendance and exclusion data and educational outcomes.
- To engage with internal and external parties to collect, collate and interpret complex information (educational and performance data), maintain accurate records and develop a monitoring database/dashboard, analyse data and report thereon at regular intervals.
- Identify barriers to learning and collate and analyse attendance and exclusion data – developing and implementing (in partnership with the Educational Psychologist) evidence-based interventions and training courses for social workers and educational settings to address the identified barriers.
- To develop and implement a local authority wide strategy to promote inclusion, ensuring that all children with a social worker have appropriate school places, professionals are working to improve the attainment and outcomes, raising attendance, and preventing exclusions.
The benefits you will experience are...
- Regular opportunities for development with internal and external training courses.
- An inclusive and social working environment.
- Flexible working opportunities including a flexi-time scheme.
- A great office location next to travel links and the regenerated town centre.
- Internal sports and social club opportunities.
- Discounted leisure centre and gym membership.
- Supermarket discount.
- An interest free loan for a rail season ticket.
What we're looking for...
To be considered for this role, you must have Qualified Teacher Status or hold a degree in education. You will have experience of working in education and have knowledge of policies, statutory regulations and guidance relating to safeguarding and child protection. Knowledge of the relevant legislation and guidance in relation to children looked after and children with a social worker is also a requirement. You will need to demonstrate experience in developing and implementing strategies, interventions and training packages in schools as well as an understanding of Trauma and Attachment informed practice.
You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain, collect, collate, and analyse educational data and interpret into meaningful reports and presentations. Negotiating skills and the ability to work with and pose challenge to culminate in effective change for vulnerable children and young people will be essential for this role.
Interviews will be held on 6th October, tbc.
Want to ask us a question?
For an informal discussion or to ask for any questions about this role. Please contact:
Name: Lorraine Petersen
Job Title: Interim Virtual School Headteacher
Tel.: 01344 353408
As part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process if a suitable redeployee is identified.
Bracknell Forest Council – Working for Equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.