Team: Access & Inclusion
Job Family: Supporting - CGB8
Salary: £24,491 - £27,186 per annum, pro rata
Hours: Part time -18.5 hours per week, worked over 3 days (Mon - Wed) - Term time only.
Base Location: Watling House, Dunstable
Contract Type: Fixed term/Secondment - 12 months
Closing Date: 26th January 2022
Interview Date: 2nd February 2022
More about the role:
Central Bedfordshire Council is a forward thinking, dynamic and ambitious organisation that wants to ensure the area continues to be a great place to live and work.
The Access & Inclusion Service works within the school improvement team and supports and challenges schools and settings to meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners. An integral part of children’s services is that ensuring all children and young people within Central Bedfordshire access an education. The Access and Inclusion Service team ensures that Central Bedfordshire Council meet its statutory duties in respect of School Attendance, Children Missing Education (CME), Elective Home Education (EHE), Child Performance and Chaperone licences, Work Permits and the Exclusion Process. By supporting families and keeping children safe we are helping children and young people grow up safely, achieve more, and be happy.
We are seeking a part time Traveller Education Liaison Officer (TELO) to support the Gypsy and Traveller (GRT) community with education and school processes, to cover 3 days a week Monday - Wednesday in the Leighton Buzzard area.
You will work in a supportive manner with schools, professionals and families in facilitating school and education processes for GRT children and young people. The focus of this post is ensuring that GRT children living in Central Bedfordshire access their educational entitlement. You will engage with the parents of GRT children and support them with meeting their legal duties regarding education and work closely with several other services within the council. You will also contribute to the statutory tasks the Local Authority has regarding GRT children who are electively home educated, missing education and the School Attendance Order procedures.
You will have a level 3 qualification or equivalent experience. You will be comfortable working in a busy working environment, able to demonstrate great attention to detail and work to short deadlines. The ability to prioritise your workload is vital. Experience of working in an education background or with the GRT community is beneficial but not essential, although you should have experience of working with children and/or families.
You are likely to have skills in problem solving, mediation, advocacy, or counselling. You will manage your own workload, administration, and diary commitments. Time management and the ability to prioritise your workload is essential, along with excellent communication. You will have skills in note taking and organising meetings. You will be able to demonstrate a calmness under pressure when dealing with challenging or confrontational behaviour and be able to appropriately challenge professionals and families where required. You will have good organisational and problem-solving skills and be committed to making a positive difference to the lives of service users. It is a requirement that you have competent IT skills to record and maintain accurate data. This post does contain an element of lone working and managing your own caseload. A full induction will be provided.
Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to deliver better services to the local community, as a key part of an ambitious school improvement service.
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
Our aspiration is to be a truly flexible employer. We are happy to discuss location, hours and working pattern as part of the application process.
This role may be subject to Covid Vaccination requirements.
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx