£23,951 per annum for 36 hours per week based at Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, GU22 7QQ or Consort House, 5-7 Queensway, Redhill RH1 1YB.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme.
About the role
The Virtual School is a multi-faceted, local authority based team. The core purpose is to monitor and track the progress and attainment of Looked After Children (LAC) by working closely with the schools in which the children are based and the social workers assigned to their care. Our mission is to champion the education of Looked After Children, to drive up the standard of education they receive and to maximise their opportunities in post 16 education and beyond.
We are uniquely placed to work in partnership with schools, colleges, Social Care and wider public services to achieve this goal. We want the best for looked-after children and we need the best people to assist us in our journey.
The Teamis based in Woking (West) and Redhill (East) although applicants should be prepared to work in either location. The Virtual School is led by a Headteacher, 3 Assistant Headteachers, and a Business Manager. A team of Education Support Workers cover each of the 4 Surrey quadrants and provide a service for unaccompanied child asylum seekers and post looked after (adopted) children.
The Personal Education Plan (PEP) is a key component of our drive to ensure that Looked after children and young people get the very best from their education. The Virtual School will:
- Support and challenge designated teachers in schools to provide a personalised programme for each Looked after Child in the school
- Support social workers to fulfil their role in relation to the educational aspects of the care plan
- Offer information, advice and guidance on all aspects of education, to a range of stakeholders
- Identify pathways and progression routes for young people approaching the end of statutory education
- Ensure that every child and young person has a PEP of the highest quality and that it is reviewed every school term
The Roles: PEP Administrator East. PEP Administrator West
We are seeking two talented administrators to support the administration and coordination of Personal Education Plans (PEPs) and support the day to day operation of the Virtual School. The post holders will report to the Business Manager.
- Support the administrative processes associated with PEPs and other aspects of the business
- Monitor the Virtual School e-mail inbox and respond to incoming telephone calls, dealing with queries and enquiries and directing messages as appropriate.
- Coordinate arrangements associated with the Virtual school training programme, special events, staff recruitment, staff induction, and performance management.
- Assist with the production of accurate data and up to date information, to help improve service delivery.
Qualifications and skills
5 GCSE passes (or equivalent) including English and mathematics at level 4 or above or grade C or above
Familiar with MS Office and willingness to learn how to engage with the spread sheets, databases and platforms used by the Virtual School
- Proactive, 'can do' attitude. Team spirit, with a will and commitment to always producing work of a high standard.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and telephone manner
- Ability to multitask and manage different and changing daily priorities
- Willing to share ideas and knowledge
- Willingness to learn and gain knowledge to improve practice
- Empathy with disadvantaged children and a strong desire to make a difference to their lives
Please see the attached job description for further information.
For an informal discussion contact Glinys Weller 07968 834864 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This advert closes on 28th November at 23:59.
We look forward to receiving your application.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.