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Attendance and Engagement in Education Officer (2 posts)

Herefordshire Council
HC8 £33,945 - £38,223 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
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About The Role
Job Title: Attendance and Engagement in Education Officer (2 posts)
Hours: 37
Salary: HC8 £33,945 - £38,223 per annum
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 26/06/2024
Interview date: w/c 08/07/2024
The Role
The main purpose of this role is to work on all matters related to school attendance within Herefordshire with a focus on children and young people accessing alternative provision and home education.
The role will:
•          Support the Local Authority to fulfil its statutory duties, responsibilities and powers for school attendance, in particular fulfilling the local authority role set out in the DFE document ‘working together to improve school attendance’ 2022.
•          Secure excellent school attendance across Herefordshire schools by building strong relationships and working collaboratively with attendance leads in schools and alternative provision settings to identify, discuss, and agree joint targeted actions for pupils who are persistently or severely absent or those at risk of becoming so.
•          Work closely and collaboratively with all partner agencies to secure excellent attendance in all schools/ settings
Herefordshire Councils’ vision is giving children and young people a great start in life. We aim for outcomes across all external performance measures to be in the top quartile and for all our children and young people to be educated in schools and settings which are good or better. The post holder will support Herefordshire Council’s Children and Young People and Education strategies.
You will hold a degree level qualification or equivalent.
For further information on this post please contact
Benefits of working for Herefordshire Council:
A competitive salary, generous holiday entitlement, and access to our contributory pension and staff benefits scheme, which includes:

  • Pension Scheme Enrolment in the Local Government (LGPS)
  • Generous Annual Leave: 31 days (pro rata) plus bank holidays. You can also purchase an additional 10 days per annum
  • Flexible working: flexi-time, job-share, part-time hours and, in some instances, home working
  • Employee Assistance Programme: 24/7 access to support and counselling
  • Payment of professional membership fees
  • Pick your perks – our benefits include access to a range of retail, leisure, holiday and health benefits. This includes savings, cash back and discounts.

About Us
Herefordshire is a beautiful, historic county located in the heart of the Marches on the border with Wales. We are one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England with a wealth of unspoilt countryside, distinctive heritage, and lively and attractive market towns.
Our priority in Herefordshire is to keep children safe and give them a great start in life. It’s the priority for the council, our partners and for all of us who work with Children & Young People. 
How do we do this? By having dynamic, dedicated, passionate and professional staff who work in a culture that focuses on what we can achieve with children, what they can achieve themselves, and the relationship we build with families and partners to enable this. We have invested heavily in training and developing staff in our relational practice approach with our improvement partner Leeds City Council, so it's an exciting time to join Herefordshire – we believe in investing in you so you can be the best you can be!
Herefordshire has a really strong team ethos. Our teams are passionate about the work they do and the positive difference they and the teams they are in make to people’s lives. This is all underpinned by the focus and support from their managers and the council as a whole.
We will deliver better support to our most vulnerable children and their families, develop stronger relationships with partners across the region, and beyond.
Therefore, we take our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults seriously and expect all of our staff, visitors and volunteers to share in this commitment.
Come to Herefordshire and join the journey.
Herefordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people and vulnerable adults. If you are offered this position, it will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check and further pre-employment checks.
We welcome applicants whatever their personal characteristics or social identity. All requests for flexible working arrangements and reasonable adjustments will be considered.
The following candidates will be interviewed if they meet the essential criteria for the post they are applying for:

  • Those who indicate that they have a disability. This is part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme;
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are an Armed Forces Veteran or Reservist. This is part of our pledge to support the Armed Forces Covenant; and
  • Those who indicate in their supporting statement that they are a Herefordshire care leaver. This is part of our commitment to supporting young people leaving our care. 

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more details of this role.
To apply, please submit your CV and complete the supporting statement within the application form, referring to the job description & person specification, detailing how you meet the specific requirements of the role.


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