37.0 Hours per Week
In Solihull we are committed to transforming life chances by holding children and young people at the heart of everything we do.
We are ambitious for our children and young people, ensuring all have access to a high quality inclusive education which empowers them to lead independent and successful lives. It is an exciting time on our improvement journey and we are looking for people with a real passion and enthusiasm to join the newly created Inclusion Service and support our Children and Young People to access the education they deserve.
Our Inclusion Service will provide support and challenge wherever it is needed to ensure that all children and young people in Solihull have access to inclusive and appropriate education so they can achieve positive outcomes - enabling them to lead successful adult lives.
This will be achieved through a fully integrated inclusion service for children, which will provide advice, guidance and support for children and their families where accessing appropriate education is challenging.
We will provide, challenge and support education settings to develop inclusive practice and confidently support children and young people with additional needs – taking early action to address emerging issues and meeting statutory duties for attendance, children missing education, exclusion and home education.
As an Inclusion Officer you will:
- Champion children’s rights to appropriate education – providing appropriate guidance and challenge to parents, school leaders and governors to ensure that statutory responsibilities are met
- Support staff within education settings to develop inclusive practice and environments – sharing policy and best practice; especially relating to attendance, exclusion and meeting the needs of children and young people likely to be more vulnerable to achieving
- Work closely with families, schools/colleges and other professionals to address issues preventing children and young people from accessing fulltime and appropriate education – improving education outcomes
You will have:
- A Degree level qualification (or equivalent) or have the ability to demonstrate through relevant experience an equivalent level of knowledge.
- Experience of working with children, young people and their families
- Experience of working within an education setting
- Experience of providing guidance, advice and challenge to other professionals
This is a hugely rewarding role which will help in shaping the future of Inclusion services in Solihull.
These roles are currently based in our collaborative open plan office space with options of working from home. The office base is currently Elmwood Place, but expected to be is based in Central Solihull in the future, within walking distance of our shops and local amenities.
We also offer:
- Flexible working, including flexi leave up to 24 days per year
- A comprehensive training and development programme
- Generous annual leave entitlements with opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
- Family and carer friendly policies
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme and staff discounts.
To apply, please click on the link below. If you have a specific question or require further information regarding this post, please contact Michelle Sadler on 0121 704 6651
Interview Date: Mid October 2021
Please note we do not accept CVs.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Not Required .
This post requires the following Disclosure and Barring check: DBS Enhanced Children .
Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.
Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and a commitment to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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