We are looking for An Inclusion & Access Officer to join our team at a time of exciting and positive change.
At Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
- Ensuring that all children who are at risk of missing out on education or who are unable to access education through casual admissions are able to resume their entitlement to education in appropriate provision as soon as possible. This will include pupils who have been permanently excluded, pupils with social or behavioural difficulties who may be at risk of exclusion, pupils unable to attend mainstream for medical reasons, have complex needs, or are casual admissions. This will also include pupils who may, for a range of reasons, been out of education for a length of time.
- Implementing the systems and processes of RBWM/AFC for alternative provision through RISE, Fair Access and Managed Move protocols, in a systematic, transparent and equitable way. The post holder will facilitate stable long-term placements to meet the needs of vulnerable young people and thus improve their life skills and educational outcomes.
- Leading and managing the Education Welfare Team, with responsibility for organising caseloads and developing a strong, supportive and positive ethos.
- Ensuring that the local authority and schools comply with all statutory responsibilities and guidance for exclusions, in-year fair access and pupils missing out on education. This service is continually reviewing its structures and ways of working in order to provide the best services possible for children and families, in the most efficient way. As a result the key tasks in any job may be varied and the post holder will be expected to take on such variations consistent with the level of responsibility of the post.
Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.
We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
To be an Access and Inclusion Officer for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
- Ability to operate in a complex multi-agency environment where education outcomes are a priority.
- Ability to negotiate and challenge at all levels with confidence, skill, and sensitivity, to maximise and secure the education of highly vulnerable children and young people.
- Evidence of the professional credibility needed to interact showing confidence and skill with a wide range of internal and external contacts, from RBWM as well as other local authorities. This will include Head Teachers, senior and middle school leaders, local authority employees and alternative providers. In addition engagement with young people and their families/carers, as well as professionals supporting those children such as Social Care will be crucial.
- Be able to use performance management techniques to effectively manage a team.
In return, we will offer you high quality support and development opportunities. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Helen Lovell on 07825 145018 for an informal discussion.
Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check.
Closing date: 24 November 2019
Interviews: 27 November 2019