About the Post:
Like all of us here at Barnsley, you will care about children, young people, and their education. So, you’ll relish this opportunity to play a part in ensuring pupils attend school regularly to achieve their full potential. At a time of exciting change, you will work with partner agencies and with our schools and academies to improve attendance and reduce exclusions across the borough
Barnsley Council focuses on creativity, ambition, and people. Our award-winning council is on an exciting journey of change and is putting local people at the heart of everything we do. We’re now more innovative, more efficient and provide better value for money. The changes are clear to see - from new businesses and jobs, improving school results with better outcomes for young people to museums being recognised for their community engagement.
Shape a better future with us
We’re thrilled to have achieved Investors in People (IIP) Gold status for how we lead, support, and develop people. Now we’d like you to be part of our success and help us take change further. Join us on our journey to a brighter future. By working together, with each other and with our communities, we can take pride in improving lives. Let’s make a better Barnsley for everyone.
Your role in our journey
As an Education Welfare Officer, you will develop positive working relationships with schools and academies to identify pupils who are not attending regularly and to create robust responses to improving whole school attendance. Alongside this you will be instrumental in reducing exclusion and enabling support for those requiring additional interventions.
Through partnership working with parents, pupils, schools, and academies you will create robust action plans to improve and sustain whole school attendance and reduce exclusions.
What you’ll need
To join us, you’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades A-C, or an equivalent qualification in a relevant field, with a willingness to work towards an NVQ level 4. You will also have experience of working in home school liaison to negotiate positive outcomes for pupils. You should have the knowledge, experience, and skills required to complete assessments in line with Barnsley’s assessment and threshold criteria. Your good communication skills and proven ability to keep up to date records will support you in providing and presenting evidence-based reports. You will be flexible, resilient and be able to work under changing demands and pressures. We would be particularly interested in anyone with experience working with communities where English is not the first language or someone with a range of multi-linguistic skills.
A lot to look forward to
Here at Barnsley, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do. As part of our team, you can be sure we’ll do all we can to support you in being truly excellent. We want you to achieve your potential through continuous learning and experience in the field. We’ve created a development process that lets you grow in the way that suits you - whether that’s training to be a leader or learning flexibly online. That’s one of the reasons why we achieved IIP Gold, and why you’ll find your career here inspiring and rewarding.
To achieve your ambitions while shaping a bright future for our communities, apply now