We wish to employ a full time Education Support Worker. You will join an established team who provide educational support for children in care and previously in care, enabling them to achieve their full potential and succeed as adults.
Interview date: 20th October 2022
For an informal discussion, please contact Sam Wilson, Virtual School Lead on 07787697696
About the role
As an Education Support Worker, you will be supporting a range of children and young people in their schools, college or other alternative provision. The Education Support Worker supports the work of Virtual School Advisers and the Virtual School Lead, schools, social workers, carers and other professionals to make sure each young person is provided with an educational roll in a timely manner, you will then monitor the placement via the school, looking at progress; educational targets; attendance and any support requirements.
You will facilitate and support personal education plans which are held three times each year; this is a regular opportunity for the school; social workers; carers and educational professionals to discuss how the young person’s is progressing; pick up any issues and work out possible solutions; help to set targets and agree how Pupil Premium can be used to meet individual needs.
You will undertake any other administrative tasks which support the work of the Education Advisers and Lead. You must be self-motivated and able to work independently. You will hold a caseload of children and young people based in different educational settings across a range of phases. As you will be required to manage the child’s needs on a day-to-day basis it will be necessary to be well organised and able to prioritise individual requirements as they arise. The ability to make decisions; analyse data and apply high level IT skills will be essential.
Having previously worked within an educational setting is recommended and some experience of working with key stages two and three children would also be an advantage.
It will be necessary to build good relationships with school colleagues but also be able to represent the needs of the young person in a robust and positive manner.
You may be required to travel throughout Brighton & Hove to visit educational settings as well as out of authority schools and colleges to support the education of our children in care.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
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Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
For roles being advertised that are either Casual, Scale 1-2, Scale 3 or Scale 4, or have a pro rata entry salary below £20,480:
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
For all other roles with a pro rata salary greater than £20,480:
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
Remote working with occasional attendance in the office – There is the option for the suitable candidate to choose to work mostly from home. Attendance at the office with reasonable notice would be required on occasion. This notice would be subject to local team and service working arrangements. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
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Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).