Virtual School Development Officer for Arts, Culture, Sports and Therapeutic Services

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Lifford House
£27,741 - £34,728
14 Oct 2020
28 Oct 2020
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Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
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Fixed Term contact until 31/08/2022

This is an exciting opportunity to join Birmingham's Virtual School for children in care or previous care experience.

We are one of the largest Virtual Schools in the country working to support over 2000 children and young people. We are a passionate, hardworking and supportive team of over 20 staff working together to coordinate educational services and support for children in care.

Our service is a statutory service within Birmingham City Council working alongside our partners in Birmingham Children's Trust to support children in care. We are dedicated to promoting and raising the educational achievement of children in care, so they can fulfil their educational potential through positive educational experiences, from early years through to the end of their formal education, employment or training.

Our commitment is to deliver an outstanding service through strong advocacy for best practice achieved through collaborative engagement, support and professional challenge.


We are seeking to appoint a highly committed, empathetic, creative and motivational

Virtual School Development Officer for Arts, Culture, Sports and Therapeutic Services.

This is a new role in our service and you will be joining us as part of an exciting period of change and development as our service moves into a new structure and roles.

Your role will be to develop Birmingham Virtual School’s centralised offer for children in care in the areas of arts, music, sports, cultural capital and therapeutic services.

This will involve, coordination, delivery and evaluation of all the arts, cultural activities and sporting events/activities planned via both the Virtual School and its affiliation with the newly formed charity the West Midlands Virtual School CiC Foundation.

Oversee the commissioning  of our other partners who provide an Arts and Music offer for Birmingham’s Children in Care within term time; and through school holidays, evenings and weekends

The post holder will also need to be able to deliver therapeutic interventions in either art, music, sports including dance and play. So that they can support some of our young people who  may not be actively engaged in their own education, have high or increasing patterns of unregulated emotions, behaviours or exclusions or who have experienced placement instability.





We offer a supportive work environment, that is friendly, collaborative and committed to promoting equal opportunities and enabling career progression. The candidate will have an office base but must be able to travel across Birmingham to visit schools and venues; and be able to work at home if required.

We offer a competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including: Local Government Pension Scheme, Subsidised travel passes, Childcare vouchers, Cycle to work schemes, A confidential Employee Assistance Programme Access to an employee website offering discounts and cash back on hundreds of retailers, called My Rewards.


For any informal enquires please contact Lisa Smith, Virtual School Headteacher, 07704538755 or at

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.”



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