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Job specification for Community Attendance Worker, Willows High School

Job specification for Community Attendance Worker, Willows High School

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A partnership of Willows High School (Cardiff), STAR Communities First and the People and Work Unit invite applications for the post of Community Attendance Worker to support pupils and their families with school attendance within the Willows Cluster of schools in Cardiff.
Closing date: June 5th 2015

A partnership of Willows High School (Cardiff), STAR Communities First and the People and Work Unit invite applications for the post of Community Attendance Worker to support pupils and their families with school attendance within the Willows Cluster of schools in Cardiff.
Closing date: June 5th 2015

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Job specification for Community Attendance Worker, Willows High School

  1. 1. Community Attendance Worker – Willows High School A partnership of Willows High School (Cardiff), STAR Communities First and the People and Work Unit invite applications for the post of Community Attendance Worker to support pupils and their families with school attendance within the Willows Cluster of schools in Cardiff. The post holder will concentrate on approximately 40 young people and their families at any one time and be based primarily in the local community. The emphasis will be on encouraging children (and their families) who are in Years 5 to 9 of local schools as they face key transitions in their education (especially between primary and secondary school) to engage effectively with school, thus increasing their opportunities to gain the maximum benefit from all the educational opportunities on offer. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an awareness of, and empathy with, the learning and social issues of communities like Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath and of the local schools. We are looking for someone to encourage, enthuse, excite and engage young people and their families with the opportunities that can be accessed via formal and informal learning. This is an action research learning project and the successful candidate will play a vital role in developing understanding of how communities can work with their local schools to improve young people’s experience of learning. JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Community Attendance Worker Line Manager: Deputy Head Teacher, Willows High School Work Location: Within the community and local schools Wage: £16,526 to £20,756 Hours: 35 (will need to be able to start work at 8.00am in the morning) Job Purpose: The Community Attendance programme will work in close collaboration with STAR Communities First and the Welfare and Attendance Officers at Willows High School providing support to young people and their families with the aim of helping them to get the best out of school by encouraging high levels of attendance, addressing any problems that develop urgently and effectively to ensure young people from the community function well within the school and community. The Community Attendance Officer will help young people attend and benefit from both the school curriculum and extra-curricular activities including the homework club, youth services in the area and work experience (as appropriate). The Community Attendance Officer will help young people and their families access and use mainstream support services including Learning Coaches, Education Welfare Services, Careers Services, employment opportunities and training providers. S/he will work within the community (having one of the STAR Communities First offices as a working base) to build understanding and enthusiasm for learning and develop a strong learning environment to nurture young talent. Duties and Responsibilities: To develop an effective support relationship with young people and their families Years 5 to 9 in the local schools over a three year period. To work with families within the community to encourage and support regular attendance at and family engagement with school. To work with colleagues to develop a programme of activities and visits designed to build confidence and active involvement with: • Families – exploring their role as their children progress; their fears and hopes; the purpose of school and what it can offer; how the school and they can work together; how the community can help them/their children; • Pupils – exploring the relevance, excitement and importance of school and learning; building confidence and self-esteem; ensuring routes for seeking help are clear and accessible and well used; promote out of school and informal learning. Work collaboratively with school staff, community activists (including Communities First) and other key agencies. Provide information for progress reports on the project.
  2. 2. Ensure that learners are provided with a positive learning environment. General duties To carry out any other duties and responsibilities as reasonably required by the post. To actively support and practise equality of opportunity in the workplace. To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons as appropriate in the workplace and to comply with health and safety legislation. Person Specification: Community Attendance Officer Essential Good literacy and numeracy skills Experience of working with and / or supporting young people and adults in a community setting Knowledge of the requirements of school curriculum Willingness to learn with and motivate learners and understanding of the issues affecting disadvantaged learners The flexibility to work with other people’s experiences, thoughts and feelings The ability to maintain positive working relationships with people at all levels and to work as part of a team A high level of self management skills, including the ability to work on one's own initiative Flexibility as to hours of work IT literacy An understanding of the issues of personal confidentiality Passing an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (previously CRB) check Helpful Level 2 in maths and English or higher Experience of teaching / working with schools Experience of careers guidance and/or work experience support A driving license and access to transport which can be used for work

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