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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Education Support Officer - Aylesford Secondary School

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College are looking to recruit an Education Support Officer.

The core purpose to this role is to work alongside and support the Director of Pastoral Care in improving the attendance and identifying any potential attendance triggers for students, and providing support in order to successfully re-integrate students back into school.

The role would also look to provide support and family liaison to support and promote student wellbeing across all phases of our school academy.

Key Requirements

Specific Education Support Officer Duties and Responsibilities
•To promote positive attitudes towards regular academy attendance, on the part of all students and their parents/carers in order to ensure maximum benefit and opportunity from their education.
•To support children and young people whose education is at risk due to attendance concerns, identifying barriers to attendance and implementing bespoke strategies
•To work with Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Students devising in-school programmes to promote the attendance of individual pupils. These may be in-school meetings with SLT or pastoral staff and facilitating support groups of problematic attendees, and other appropriate activities suitable to individual circumstances.
•To be up to date with Ofsted criteria and judgements associated with school attendance.
•To work with parents, students and the pastoral team on reintegration plans.
•To conduct home visits to persistent absentees.
•To work with external agencies to in order to set up a variety of support groups and opportunities for students
•To work with and liaise with the Learning Support Department, Heads of Department and Heads of Year to establish support plans for students struggling to access the full curriculum.
•To work with and liaise with the Director of Pastoral Care and Heads of Department to identify and develop strategies to support the wellbeing and metal health needs of students
•To work with students and children across the school with a focus on emotional wellbeing and readiness to learn.
•To provide students and parents with an effective advice and support service. Liaise between a student’s home and school involving other support agencies as appropriate, including social services, education psychologists, medical and counselling services.
•To provide feedback to parents where wellbeing support is being offered to their child and to follow up on any concerns.
•To take responsibility for their own personal professional development to ensure they remains up to date on all aspects related to educational support with particular focus on Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA) and advise the Director of Pastoral Care with any significant developments in the field
•To work with the Director of Pastoral Care to ensure the smooth running of the wellbeing centre, keeping logs of attendance and alerting the Heads of Year to any patterns in absenteeism.
•To contribute to the safeguarding and attendance policies, alongside the Director of Pastoral Care, Attendance Officer and Safeguarding Officer.
•To work with and under the direction of the Director or Pastoral Care and Senior Leadership Team ensuring requests are adhered to and implemented

Additional Information & How to Apply

The successful candidate will possess the following qualities:
•Be able to advise and motivate a range of students with varying needs.
•A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
•Display the highest levels of integrity and complete trustworthiness and discretion, able to deal with confidential information.
•Able to form good working relationships with colleagues, and to relate appropriately to students
•Be highly organised and have great attention to detail with the ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines whilst retaining a professional composure.
•A commitment to continuing professional development.
•Hard-working and well-motivated with a positive outlook.
•Have an excellent punctuality and attendance record.
•Able to show initiative and problem-solve.
•Caring but firm approach and empathy towards young people.

35 hours per week
Monday to Friday 08.30am - 4.00pm
39 weeks per annum (Term Time Only plus Teacher Training Days)

This post will be paid on Salary Grade H, Points 14 - 17 (£24,491.00 - £27,041.00 per annum, pro rota) which equates to an Actual Salary of £19,838.02 Per Annum.

This role would commence 1 September 2021.

Please apply using the application form which is downloadable below.
•Closing date is Sunday 18 July 2021.
•Shortlisting will take place on Monday 19 July 2021.

Interview date to be confirmed.


Please email complete application forms to hughes.s@aylesfordschool.org.uk
Contact Samantha Hughes, HR Officer & Headteacher's PA for any queries on hughes.s@aylesfordschool.org.uk
Please note we do not accept CVs - candidates should download and complete the application form available.

Closing date: 18 July 2021

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to two satisfactory references and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services check