Education Welfare Officer

Job Details


The Attendance Support Officer will enable pupils to receive maximum benefit from the education provision made available to them by assisting their regular attendance at school through:

• Supporting individual pupils and their parents
• Enabling effective communication between parents, carers, guardians and school
• Monitor school and pupil attendance data to provide support and focus efforts to unblock wider barriers to attendance
• Helping allocated schools develop effective policies and procedures on attendance through termly conversations with school attendance leads sing data to identify pupils and cohorts at risk of poor attendance

Job Description

 To demonstrate understanding of the Council’s Customer Care Standards and ensure that these standards are met in order to deliver the Council vision of ‘putting our residents first’.

 To work in partnership with families to identify and address needs and reduce the risk of poor outcomes for children, young people and their families with particular regard to outcomes associated with non-participation in education. To seek support with issues wider that education from colleagues and partner agencies.

 To work closely and creatively with schools and academies and partner agencies to deliver effective service for children, young people and their families in line with the stated purpose of the Attendance Support Officer job purpose.

 To develop, implement and review Attendance Plans for pupils and their families designed to help them overcome non-attendance difficulties.

 To engage parents in attendance contacts and in formal meetings regarding poor attendance.

 To deliver interventions directly to young people and / or the family unit and where required broker services, as part of the plan, from partner agencies, voluntary or community groups.

 To be persistent in the engagement of families or individuals who may be resistant by using assertive, creative and practical engagement strategies.

 To identify and work with the school and the family of pupils who persistently and severely absent, or at risk of becoming so.

 Where required, to provide families with advice and guidance on the implications of non-school attendance and contributing to the process of applying due process, including legal proceedings in the event that statutory participation levels are not maintained.

 To work and maintain effective communications with partner agencies and support family members in accessing and engaging with universal and targeted services as required.

 To attend case conferences, statutory reviews, court and other meetings as required.

Pay rate: £23.58 per hour umbrella

Four to six months contract with view to extend or make permanent