The starting rate of pay for this position is £16.66 per hour, pro-rata to £31,273 per annum. This role is offered as a bank position, with the number of days led by business needs but also negotiable with the role holder. It is also offered as a fully remote working position.
Surrey Virtual School (SVS) leads the work to improve educational outcomes of three main groups of children – children looked after, previously looked after and those with a social worker.
SVS proactively works with partners and stakeholders to create a culture of high expectations and aspiration around the groups of children in scope of their role, addressing barriers to educational progress and achievement.
About The Team
You will 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 the care of Surrey. An overview of the current team, their roles and what they enjoy and value most about being part of SVS can be found in our new school brochure.
SVS works 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 looked after. We have been on a development journey following the 2018 inspection of children’s services (ILACS) and have secured significant improvements across a number of key areas as highlighted in the 2022 OFSTED report. We aim to be an aspirational and outstanding Virtual School to promote and support the education of our care experienced children and young people and those with a social worker.
About The Role
We are seeking a bank Education Support Officer (ESO) who can support and add capacity to our existing ESO team. You would be focussing particularly on the quality assurance of Personal Education Plans for children in care, although your role would also encompass other aspects of the ESO role as needed. For example, you might be adding extra capacity and supporting the UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) ESO or the post 16 ESOs, or developing our work around a specific cohort of children.
The main purpose of the ESO role is to raise educational outcomes of looked after children through focusing on ensuring every child has access to a suitable education and has a high quality, up to date Personal Education Plan (PEP). ESOs work closely with social care teams, designated teachers, foster carers and other professionals to ensure timely completion of high-quality PEPs which reflect children’s identified needs, supporting accelerated learning and high achievement.
To be shortlisted for interview for this position, your CV and personal statement will need to clearly evidence the following:
- Up to date knowledge of education and the care system for children
- A thorough understanding of Personal Education Planning for looked after children and young people (SVS currently uses Welfare Call), experience of supporting professionals with PEPs and contribution to quality assuring PEPs
- An understanding of the potential impact of trauma on development, behaviour and educational achievement
- Experience of working within a busy Virtual School team environment
- A flexible approach and positive can-do attitude, role modelling these behaviours to young people as well as providers, services, stakeholders and your immediate colleagues
- Educated to A Level, HND standard or equivalent alternative
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 30th June 2022.
Interviews will take place week commencing the 11th or 18th July 2022.
If you are interested in term time working arrangements, we are open to considering these for this role.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from an hourly, annual leave allowance payment and a generous local government salary related pension. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.