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Education Advisor

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/109840/23704
  • Published: Tue 10/05/2022, 15:56 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 24/05/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

The salary range for this role is £40,227 - £44,619 per annum based on a 36-hour working week. Term-time arrangements will also be considered

Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You:

We offer many great benefits for staff depending on what is important to you. A selection of these include:

  • Agile and flexible work options: We recognise the importance of striking a good work life balance, whatever the reason; we are open to different work patterns shaped around the principles of trust, accountability and a strong team and work ethic
  • Professional support from experienced members of the team to help you grow and develop your career
  • A generous local government pension scheme to provide you with a secure and guaranteed future income.
  • Access to a range of health and wellbeing tools and information to support your mental and emotional well-being
  • Lifestyle benefits: access to a huge range of discounted vouchers and memberships
  • Travel and Transport benefits:

Above all we are striving to be an inclusive and welcoming employer providing you with access to opportunities that support you professionally and fulfil you personally.

About Us

The Surrey Virtual School (SVS) works with schools, social workers, carers and a range of services to help improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people in the care of Surrey. A ‘Virtual School’ is a way of bringing together the educational information about children and young people who are cared for by the local authority as if they were a single school – no matter where in the country they may live. Each Virtual School has a Headteacher and together with the team, supports and challenges to ensure children and young people looked after are prioritised within all education services, in line with our shared corporate parent duty. You can learn more about SVS by visiting our website. In addition to children currently looked after, Virtual Schools also have a statutory remit to provide advice and guidance in relation to children previously looked after (the main focus of this role) and a strategic duty to improve educational outcomes of children with a social worker.

You would be joining a strong and stable team of professionals who are totally committed to improving educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people in care, previously in care and those with a social worker. We work together with schools, carers, social workers and a range of other stakeholders and professionals to improve outcomes in line with our statutory duty and role as educational advocates of children in scope of the Virtual School.

About You

We are seeking a knowledgeable and committed practitioner with QTS or equivalent to join us. Your main role will be to lead the work around promoting the educational achievement of previously looked after children (Adopted, Special Guardianship, Child Arrangements Order) in line with the DFE’s statutory duties for Virtual Schools. This is an ideal role for a colleague with the right skills and knowledge who may be thinking about a local authority Virtual school role. In terms of career progression it offers an ideal platform to then step into other Virtual School roles across the country.

You will provide line management and professional support to the Education Officer and work strategically and proactively to ensure the educational attainment of children previously looked after is given high priority in all education settings where children are on roll. The Advisor will provide high quality support and challenge, promoting a culture of high aspiration for children who are previously looked after.
The successful candidate will be able to evidence a wide range of teaching experience, particularly in relation to SEND and additional needs. They will draw on their knowledge of trauma informed practice to develop the expertise of staff in schools and be able to model high quality, inclusive education for children previously looked after.

To be shortlisted for interview for this role, your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence: 

  • Thorough knowledge of the legislative framework for children previously looked after including a good understanding and empathy for the challenges some children may face with their education
  • Thorough understanding of the impacts of early trauma and adverse childhood experiences on cognition and learning for care experienced children
  • Detailed and contemporary knowledge of the statutory framework for education, particularly in relation to SEND, admissions, attendance and exclusions
  • Evidence of continued professional development in a relevant area
  • Qualified Teacher Status or equivalent

If you are looking for a change of direction from frontline education to a role within a local authority with the scale and variety that brings then we would love to hear from you.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on 23.05.2022 with interviews taking place on 27.05.2022. 

Contact Details

For an informal discussion contact Stacey McCabe via email at Stacey.McCabe@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Apply Now

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/109840/23704
  • Published: Tue 10/05/2022, 15:56 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 24/05/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £40,227 - £44,619 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Woking

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