The Virtual School support the education of Children In Care in their educational settings. They also offer advice for children and young people who are previously looked after (PLAC) and their role has recently been extended to provide strategic leadership for children with social workers.
The team of Education Advisers support over 600 children and young people who are attending over 300 settings within and outside of the Dudley Metropolitan Borough. Each Adviser has a class list of young people and develop partnerships with the settings they attend.
The education advisor role is to help improve outcomes of children of families in the care of Dudley. The team of advisors work on a range of educational priorities of the service consistent with the DVS development plan and current needs analysis.
The Education Adviser will raise the aspiration and attainment of each Child In Care prioritising their educational needs. They will work in partnership with educational settings and relevant agencies to prioritise education.
A vital part of the role is to maintain and re-engage Children and Young People in suitable educational placements.
The Education Adviser will monitor support and evaluate progress of Children In Care including those in residential settings, promoting educational achievement with partner services, agencies and other stakeholder groups.
They will take an operational lead around co-ordinated support for Children In Care and Care Leavers during key educational transitions spanning Early Years to Post-16 provision.
Each Advisor is responsible for caseloads and defined partner schools as allocated by the Virtual School Head Teacher, to monitor and track their attainment and attendance. This will entail them keeping accurate and up-to-date records for allocated Children In Care including progress and attendance. They will also be responsible for liaising and visiting the DT for Children In Care at allocated schools, helping to promote and support high quality and timely Personal Educational Plans.
An Education Adviser will liaise and work with Designated Teachers and other professionals and agencies in an integrated way to achieve optimal outcomes for Children In Care. This will enable them to keep allocated schools and key professionals informed around current education legislation, policies and procedures and funding opportunities related to Children In Care and deliver appropriate Personal Education Plans (PEP’s) training / advice to schools and partner agencies.
The Education Adviser will be an experienced and qualified teacher of one or more of the phases from Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Post 16. They will have a current knowledge of legislation and support systems available for Children in Care (CiC/CLA), Previously Looked After Children (PLAC) and Children with a Social Worker.(CWSW).
The team of Education Advisers use a range of recording data systems to support the children on their class list/caseload, so successful candidates will need to have a sound understanding and knowledge of ICT. An induction and training package is available to all members of the team.
The Education Adiser will need to be able to work with and alongside a wide range of professionals and partnerships.
The position is available from Jan 1st 2022, or earlier by negotiation. The successful candidate will be joining an established team that has demonstrated improving outcomes, systems and partnerships. All team members are encouraged to continue with their professional development and help drive initiatives to support our children.
For further details please contact Andrew Wright - Virtual School Head Teacher via Andrew.Wright@dudley.gov.uk 07799070552.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children; therefore the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.
N.B. We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised date should we receive a large number of applications.
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