Education Access Coordinator
Education Access Coordinator
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: up to £26,000
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date: 31/08/18
Job summary and Responsibilities
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.
ECC is transforming how it delivers education services across one of the largest counties in the country in order to continue to improve and to ensure the best possible outcomes for every single child and young person. We are determined to build on our journey of improvement which has seen 94% of schools now being rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, and to focus more effectively on areas such as our more vulnerable children and young people to ensure Essex provides a wholly inclusive education which can meet the needs of all of our children and young people.
Essex County Council (ECC) is responsible for ensuring that children and young people at risk of missing out on education are supported in being able to access suitable alternative, high quality education provision.
A flexible individual required to work face to face with schools, families and other key stakeholders to ensure access to education. This role will ensure pupils who are unable to access, or who are at risk of losing a school place as a result of behavioural issues which includes bullying, physical or mental health issues, will still have access to suitable educational provision in line with ECC’s vision of increasing educational achievement.
An experienced practitioner is required to support Education Access Specialists within the education environment, in which some children are currently unwilling to attend school. This role requires effective skills in working with families to reduce risks by securing the best solution for children and young people.
- Responsible for individual case management to ensure ECC responsibilities in relation to ‘Education other than at School’ are properly discharged by commissioning appropriate alternative provision for children.
- Responsible for collaborating with schools for those who have been placed on a reduced timetable within a school environment or, who may be struggling for reasons of bullying, to ensure alternative options are considered.
- Responsible for face to face working with families, children and others to identify and secure the best provision for children unable to attend school, ensuring the risks of permanent exclusion from school are mitigated.
- Work collaboratively with schools, providers and families to ensure adequate support and guidance for children to move forward and achieve the best outcome for them.
- Responsible for working with families and schools on all bullying cases to consider alternatives if appropriate and gaining agreement from all parties.
- Responsible for progressing cases, medical referrals, anti-bullying and reduced timetables to ensure next steps and actions are agreed.
- Provide advice and guidance on policy, procedures and review mechanisms to Head teachers, Governors and parents, relating to exclusions and reintegration.
- Responsible for monitoring alternative education funded provision to ensure such provision is effective and value for money.
- Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Knowledge, skills and experience
- Educated to RQF Level 3 (A Level) or equivalent by experience.
- Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area
- Experience of working in the educational field and supporting young people to overcome anti-social behaviours, working within a team.
- Experience of making decisions and using initiative to ensure positive outcomes for young people.
- Experience of organising and prioritising own workloads with no supervision.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to engage with and deal with young people often with complex and distressing circumstances.
- Good knowledge of Department of Education (DfE) guidance around exclusions and alternative provision
The job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Depending on the geographical area, access to a vehicle or another efficient mode of transport will be required.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
For more information about the benefits of working for Essex County Council please go to our careers website
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*
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