Job Title: Virtual School Secondary Phase Lead
Location: Stevenage or Apsley
Starting Salary: £55,553 progressing to £59,371 pa
Hours: 37 per week
Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce
Hertfordshire Virtual School
Secondary Phase Lead for Children Looked After (11-18 yrs)
The gap between the educational achievement of our children and young people looked after and that of other Hertfordshire children is wide. We are determined to change this so that our most vulnerable children will have a better chance of a fulfilling and successful adult life. We are looking for an educational leader, with extensive secondary school experience and a particular interest in accelerating educational progress for underserved children. You will understand the many barriers to educational success and high aspirations that can be experienced by children looked after, particularly during adolescence. You will know how to develop strategies to remove these barriers, including the promotion of trauma informed, relational practice and interventions that enable children with adverse childhood experiences to achieve. You will be skilled in supporting and challenging educational settings and other professionals to improve attainment for care-experienced young people.
The post holder will contribute to the strategic work of the whole Virtual School, will lead the secondary team and will work in partnership with schools, multi academy trusts, colleges of further education and a wide range of stakeholders to narrow the achievement gap for children looked after and previously looked after.
If you have the vision, determination and skill to make a substantial difference, this may be the job for you. This post is suitable for a senior school leader and/or someone with experience in Virtual Schools or school improvement.
For a discussion about this role, please email or call Tracey Butfield on firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01992 556956 to arrange a time to speak.
Closing date: Wednesday, 27th September 2023
Interview date: Wednesday 4th October 2023
Benefits of working for us:
• Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
• Excellent Career Development
• Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
• Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
• Shopping Discounts
• Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes
Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post (for those whose language is a signed language the provision of a sign language interpreter who speaks English to the necessary standard of fluency will be required). Further information about the legal requirement can be found here.
Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here
CS Roles Only: We expect all Children Services employees to fulfil Hertfordshire's Professional Promise for how children, young people & young adults with special educational needs and / or disabilities and their families should be treated. It is our agreement to place families and children at the centre of what we do, and helps parents and carers to understand and be able to hold us to account for how we provide our services. For further information please visit: ‘Professional Promise’
How to Apply
As part of the application, you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and asked asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline which can be found in the 'Available Documents'..
If you do not upload a supporting statement to your application, your application will be rejected.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.