Attendance Lead

Post: Attendance Lead

Scale: SCP 6 (SCP 18-22) 

Contract Term: Term Time Only  plus 5 Days, 35 hours per week

Contract Type: Term Time | Permanent

Start Date: 01/09/2022

The Whitley AP Academy are part of Impact Education Multi Academy Trust (“the Trust”), who are passionate about making a difference and inspiring children to be resilient and confident learners with a love for learning. We want our children to be excited about learning and to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across a wide curriculum. We believe in celebrating success and ensuring that children feel valued.

The Trust are on a mission to improve social mobility for the disadvantaged and to improve the life chances of children and young people. The Trust is a values driven organisation with the belief that collaborative leadership and strong partnership development can lead to significant positive impact on the quality of education. For more information about the Trust go to Impact Education Multi Academy Trust.

Please see attached Recruitment Pack for further information about this role, The Whitley AP Academy and the Trust.

To apply for this role please visit The Whitley AP Academy – Vacancies to download and complete an application form and self disclosure from. Completed forms should be returned to hr@i-mat.org.uk.

Closing Date: 9am Friday 24th June 2022

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• To assist the Deputy Headteacher in all aspects of attendance including the accurate monitoring, recording and reporting of all pupil absence, and to ensure all information / data relating to pupil absence and punctuality is analysed and acted upon in an appropriate manner, and shared with staff as required.

•To monitor, manage and contribute to the improvement in pupil attendance and punctuality, working in close collaboration with the Home-School Liaison Officer.

• To use Academy absence procedures and systems to raise attendance and challenge persistent absence.

• Communicate effectively within the Academy and engage with parents / carers to establish reasons for absence and facilitate pupils’ return to school, including making home visits where required.

• To build supportive relationships with parents / carers, other schools and agencies to promote effective working relationships.

• To liaise with external agencies, such as Calderdale Education Welfare Service in relation to non-attendance and education welfare for students.

• To be aware of good practice with regards to attendance, absence, education welfare and safeguarding.

• To assist the Deputy Headteacher with raising the profile of good attendance throughout the Academy to pupils, staff and parents / carers.

• To develop effective case studies regarding pupil attendance to demonstrate the positive impact of the work of the Academy.

• Deal with pupil illness in school, always considering pupils’ attendance.

• Be flexible with regards to working outside of school hours as required to meet the needs of the role.

• To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.

• To carry out other tasks that are essential to the post’s core purpose.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level or responsibility of the work to be undertaken, commensurate with the grade. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the post-holder will carry out, which would be determined by the Line Manager or Senior Leaders.

Person Specification

Post Grade: Scale 6 (SCP 18 – 22)

Criteria – Essential (E) / Desirable (D) How Identified


Experience of working in an effective team. (E)

Experience of working with Primary and Secondary aged pupils with special needs, including emotional and behavioural difficulties. (D)

Experience of working in a school setting in a role based on attendance. (E)

Experience of working with parents, schools and support agencies. (D)

Experience of working in alternative provision / Pupil Referral Units. (D)

Knowledge & Skills

Ability to relate well to pupils and adults, and an ability to work as part of a team. (E)

Ability to remain calm under pressure. (E)

Demonstrate good co-operative, interpersonal and effective listening skills. (E)

Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to all aspects of the Academy. (E)

Ability to cope with the requirements of the post, which will include working with pupils who have emotional / behavioural / physical difficulties. (E)

Exercising advisory, guiding, negotiating and persuasive skills at a developed level. (D)

An understanding of the issues relating to pupils who have additional learning needs, more able and special educational needs. (D)

Awareness of safeguarding issues. (E)

Awareness of child development. (D)

Good communication skills. (E)

Good numeracy / literacy skills. (E)

Good ICT skills. (E)

Qualifications / Training

GCSE English and Maths or equivalent e.g., Adult Literacy / Numeracy at Level 1. (E)

Other relevant qualifications relating to the post e.g., Level 2 NVQ in Health / Childcare, first aid qualification. (D)

Evidence of further training / development and / or willingness to participate in further training and development opportunities e.g., Team Teach, Moving & Handling, Special Educational Needs. (D)

A full driving licence. (E)

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call  0330 088 1857 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://i-mat.org.uk/working-for-us/

The Whitley AP Academy is committed to safeguarding staff and students and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced Disclosing and Barring Service DBS check. All interviews will include a question about Safeguarding and any anomalies identified in pre-recruitment checks will be discussed at interview.