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Home School Liaison Officer

Post Title: Home-School Liaison Officer

Contract: Permanent | Term Time + 5 days

Contractual Hours: 32.5 hours per week

Scale: 4 – 5 | SCP 7 – 17 (£20,444 – £24,920 FTE)

Actual Salary: £15,540 – £19,110

We are now supporting The Whitley AP Academy with their search for an experienced Home-School Liaison Officer to join their expanding team.

The primary focus of the role is to work within the Safeguarding and Attendance team, working with families and pupils to improve attendance and building links between the Academy and home. Working alongside both the Safeguarding & SEMH Lead and the Attendance Lead, the majority of the day will be spent visiting homes of absent pupils to engage with parents / carers and pupils – to improve attendance and engagement.

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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

• To monitor, manage and contribute to the improvement in pupil attendance and punctuality, working with the Safeguarding & SEMH Lead and the Attendance Lead.

• To support the Pastoral Team and communicate clearly to staff, pupils, parents / carers, the attendance procedures and expectations of the school.

• To collate attendance data to enable identification and tracking of pupils and encourage them into school; to help to improve attendance and late arrivals by monitoring and offering assistance in order to establish the reason for non-attendance.

• To monitor whole school attendance and punctuality, sending out attendance letters and following up where appropriate.

• To arrange / attend meetings with parents / carers and maintain accurate recording of all telephone conversations and meetings. Provide daily feedback following home visits, reporting to the Pastoral Team and others as required.

• To produce weekly / termly reports for Senior Leaders and Governors.

• To carry out home visits to support families / children, providing outreach support to families in line with academy procedures on the basis of priorities and needs that the Senior Leadership Team have identified.

• To help families / children access other services, referring where appropriate and communicating regularly with Academy staff and other agencies ensuring that follow-up work is done and all concerned are well informed.

• Make assessments and agree a plan for facilitating a return to school using appropriate strategies within specified timescales; this includes signposting activities and support to engage pupils in education and reduce barriers to learning.

• To provide information and advice to enable pupils to make choices about their learning, behaviour and attendance, challenging and motivating pupils, and promoting and reinforcing self-esteem.

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

• To contribute to other office duties during term time as directed by the School Business Manager.

Person Specification

Criteria – Essential (E) / Desirable (D)

Experience

Experience of working in an effective team. (E)

Experience of working with or caring for children of relevant age, e.g., voluntary organisation or parental / caring responsibilities. (E)

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

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

Maintain confidentiality in matters relating to the Academy, its pupils, parents or carers. (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. (E)

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

An understanding of the causes of poor attendance and associated barriers to learning. (E)

Working knowledge of safeguarding issues. (E)

Awareness of child development. (D)

Good communication skills. (E)

Good numeracy / literacy skills. (E)

Good ICT skills, including the use Microsoft Office. (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, and use of a car on a daily basis. (E)

This job description is not necessarily a comprehensive definition of the post.  It will be reviewed annually.

This is a truly amazing opportunity for the right candidate. For an informal chat, please call 003300881857 or to apply for the role, please click the link attached here: https://i-mat.org.uk/working-for-us/

The Whitely 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. 

Closing date for applications: 9.00am Friday 1st July 22