Practitioner (School Home Support) - Charity

Newham & Islington
£20,574 pa depending on experience, pro rata for part time
29 Jun 2018
29 Jul 2018
Part Time
Contract Type

Our client is a dynamic charity with proven impact. For over 30 years it has been working with children and young people struggling to stay in school due to a wide range of complex family issues. They get children and young people back into school ready to learn, whatever it takes.

Through a mixture of growth and staff turnover they now require the following:

Role 1: 
School-Home Support Practitioner 
A Secondary School in Stratford, Newham 
Full time role, 5 days per week in a secondary school (term time only) 
Salary from: £20,574 pa depending on experience

The post-holder will be based within this secondary school and work in close partnership with school staff to deliver a programme of casework and other activities to promote educational outcomes for disadvantaged children and families.

The role’s main focus will be on improving school attendance and engagement in learning through building a bridge between the School and the home, including regular home visits and other forms of outreach work.

The successful candidate will work with the whole family to tackle issues which are causing poor attendance and behaviour, as well as helping parents to become more engaged with their child’s learning.

Purpose of the role:

  • To contribute to raising achievement by improving school attendance
  • To provide a specialist service to assist the school in meeting their obligations and targets in relation to school attendance, especially persistent absence.
  • To promote positive attitudes by students and families towards education and to ensure that parents are made fully aware of their statutory responsibilities.
  • To undertake home visits to assess the reasons impacting the attendance of students.
  • To establish and develop a service to support the school in raising attendance, persistent absence and improving punctuality.

Duties of the role include:

  • monitoring school attendance
  • producing attendance reports
  • implementation of strategies to improve school attendance, persistent absence and improve punctuality
  • providing 1:1 emotional and practical support for families to improve attendance
  • encouraging parental engagement
  • undertake home visits to establish reasons for nonattendance
  • undertake work supporting improved attendance across the whole school
  • undertake 1:1 targeted work to improve school attendance with children who are persistently absent
  • collate and utilise data and statistics and produce reports for the school and school governors
  • Initiate appropriate legal action to ensure that the school is carrying out its statutory responsibility in respect of students

Closing date for applications is: Midnight 15th of July 2018 
First stage interviews to be held on: Thursday 19th of July 2018
Second stage interviews at the School: To be advised

Role 2: 
School-Home Support Practitioner 

Based: A Primary School in Holloway, Islington 
A part-time role, 3 days a week (term time only) 
Fixed term contract for 1 year initially 
Starting salary: £20,574 FTE pa

This is an opportunity to work on a project to support children and families to improve attainment and aspirations. The practitioner will work with pupils in a Primary school who are falling behind their peers in literacy and/or numeracy, by removing any barriers to their learning. Another crucial part of the role will be to provide practical and emotional support to vulnerable families across the school.

The role will include working with the whole family to tackle issues which are causing poor attendance and behaviour, helping parents to become more engaged with their child’s learning and engaging parents in family learning.

Successful candidates will have experience working in a school environment, delivering learning programmes and strong abilities in engaging challenging children and their parents. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of our client's established teams.

Duties of the role:

  • organise group work for both children and families
  • provide 1:1 emotional and practical support for families
  • encourage parental engagement in learning
  • Undertake work supporting improved attendance across the school
  • support wider parental engagement in school
  • work as part of a team (with a partner provider)
  • lead on delivery of family learning courses
  • collate and utilise data and statistics and produce reports for the funder

Closing date for applications: Midnight, Thursday 12th July 2018
1st stage interviews to be the week commencing: Monday 16th July 2018
2nd stage interviews at the school: To be advised

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