17 Jan 2017
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SERVICE AREA: Children’s Services / Children Looked After
DIVISION / UNIT: Islington’s Virtual School
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION
To contribute to raising the standards of educational attainment, achievement and attendance of Children Looked After (CLA) holding responsibility, overview and tracking of allocated class list of pupils on roll at the Virtual School.
To be responsible for education progress, attainment and attendance of allocated ‘classroom’ and class list.
To support children and young people in care to have full access to a range of educational opportunities; including post 16 options and choices.
To attend and contribute to multi- agency and other meetings to ensure that children and young people have education prioritised in all planning
• To work with schools and other agencies to raise the awareness of the challenges faced by children and young people in care.
• To maintain and update all attainment and attendance information on Virtual School database systems.
• To contribute to and provide reports to weekly ‘Child in Focus’ (CIF) meetings chaired by Head teacher.
• To work with school to support development of school policies, procedures and practice which supports the attainment and attendance of CLA.
• To report pupil progress to Advisory Teacher at regular meetings.
• To devise and negotiate alternative education programmes where necessary on behalf of CLA and monitor their effectiveness, including use of Pupil Premium Plus.
• To attend PEP meetings and other school meetings to support and challenge plans and actions where necessary.
• To attend Children’s Social Care meetings as required.
• To audit PEPs and provide reports to Advisory Teacher and Head Teacher.
• To liaise with Local Authorities on behalf of children and young people wherever they are placed to ensure school provision and effective support is in place.
• To record in the relevant places and in a timely manner (within 5 working days) detailed case notes on all correspondence and decisions concerning young people.
• To liaise with other Virtual Schools in other boroughs to build working relationships and facilitate good practice.
• To participate in and deliver training organised by the Virtual School for Corporate Parents.
• To help analyse collate, evaluate and report on education data across the Virtual School
• Work alongside the Head Teacher and other staff members to support events, projects and celebrations to enhance the work of the Virtual School and young
• Facilitate and further develop and strengthen links with various young people participation groups; including In Care Council and Childrens Active Involvement Service (CAIS)
• To achieve agreed service outcomes and outputs, and personal appraisal targets, as agreed by the line manager.
• To undertake training and constructively take part in meetings, supervision, seminars and other events designed to improve communication and assist with the effective development of the post and post holder.
• To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the council’s commitment to customer service excellence and ensure compliance with the customer care standards.
• To be committed to the Council’s core values of public service, quality, equality and empowerment and to demonstrate this commitment in the way duties are carried out.
• To ensure that duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation.
• To carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation.
• At all times to carry out responsibilities/duties within the framework of the Council’s Dignity for all Policy. (Equal Opportunities Policy).
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Level 4 NVQ or above in relevant field work experience, e.g. social work,
teaching, youth work, counselling, learning support assistant or proven extensive field experience working towards NVQ4 level.
Knowledge of the education system.
Knowledge and understanding of how being in care impacts on education.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITY
Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable young people including those with SEN statements.
A knowledge and understanding of relevant education legislation, the Children
Act, Guidance and policies and current research with regard to children and young people in care.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience of working in a multiagency environment or educational setting.
Ability to prioritise tasks, deal with pressure and manage time effectively.
Experience to maintain strict confidentiality and appropriately secure confidential
Excellent analytical skills, able to make sound judgments.
Commitment to Equal opportunities and Children’s rights and participation.
Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
Willingness to work flexibly.
Ability to adhere to the Council’s Dignity for All policy.
This post requires an enhanced clearance from the Disclosure and Barring
Service (DBS), formally known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)