Devon LD - Inclusion Officer
- Pay Rate:
£17.06 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week:
35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 3 months
An Enhanced DBS is required.
An Inclusion officer is required to join the Education and Learning within People directorate. The work of the Education Inclusion Service is a statutory service to ensure that the most vulnerable children who are excluded are fully and effectively engaged in education, on a school roll and making progress in their learning.
It is a key and essential role in promoting the inclusion of children across the County including those from Other Local Authorities. The age range is 4-18 years. It is firmly rooted in the Local Authority statutory duties relating to permanent, fixed period exclusions, children unable to attend school due to medical needs, admissions and safeguarding.
The main purpose of the job is to work with a wide range of colleagues and Parents/ Carers to prevent exclusions, maintain children in their school place and where necessary, as a result of Permanent Exclusion or medical absence, enable children to be reintegrated into full time permanent education.
It is essential that you have a sound knowledge of inclusion within a school setting and can work effectively as a team member with a solution focused approach.
Duties to include:
- Ensure that local Schools and Academies use Fixed Term and Permanent Exclusion in accordance with the law and guidance issued by the Department for Education;
- Provide professional support and advice to Schools and Academies to prevent exclusion of any kind. To appropriately challenge other colleagues within DCC and other agencies in order
- to ensure the best possible outcomes for children at risk of exclusion or those who have been permanently excluded;
- Give effective professional advice and guidance on processes and procedures to school staff, Governors, Parents and Carers;
- To contribute to and influence the strategic direction and policy development of this area of work
- To lead on the work of Behaviour and Attendance Partnerships and other mechanisms relating to early intervention work particularly for children requiring education due to their medical needs.
- On notification of a Permanent Exclusion or request for a medical placement, provide the front line statutory service to all schools. This involves giving impartial, clear advice on the legal processes; scrutinising the evidence provided in exclusion cases; attending the Disciplinary Committee meetings of the school’s Governing Body; preparing the Local Authority’s case and presenting it to the Discipline Committee at the meeting;
- On notification of a Permanent Exclusion or request for a medical placement, advise and support the pupil’s Parents/Carers. This involves giving impartial, clear advice on the legal processes, including advice on the preparation of an appeal to the Independent Appeal Panel if the Discipline Committee decides to uphold the exclusion;
- On notification of a Permanent Exclusion or request for medical placement, ensure that the Local Authority meets the Government’s target of providing full time education from the 6th day following an exclusion by referring the pupil to another school, or where this is not appropriate to a Pupil Referral Unit;
- Attend the Access to Resources Panel meetings in the Personalised Learning Service for those pupils to be considered for placement in a PRU. The Inclusion Officer is responsible for providing background information on any permanently excluded pupils being considered in order that the Panel members can make an informed decision about the pupil’s future;
- To oversee and ensure reintegration plans are implemented and that children are reintegrated into appropriate full time permanent education provision;
- On a monthly basis, Chair the local Panels under the agreed Behaviour and Attendance Partnership. Each Inclusion Officer is responsible for chairing such Panels. Behaviour & Attendance Partnership Panels comprise the Headteachers of local Secondary schools and the Personalised Learning Service, who meet to determine the next placement of permanently excluded pupils and to agree intervention placements or Managed Moves for pupils at risk of Permanent Exclusion within the school cluster. The Inclusion Officer is responsible for convening these meetings, ensuring that appropriate paperwork and case histories are made available to Panel members and minuting decisions taken;
- On a monthly basis during the financial year, locally manage and monitor the Supplementary Intervention Funding budget of up to £65k (as at 2018) to provide schools with additional finance support when a pupil is at serious risk of Permanent Exclusion or occasionally contribute to a reintegration programme for a permanently excluded pupil or for children with complex medical needs;
- On a weekly basis, monitor and report on the use of Fixed Period, Permanent Exclusions & Medical absences using the Local Authority’s EMS computer system and the Inclusion Officer’s own Excel spreadsheets;
- On a daily basis, to act as a first point of contact and advise school staff on a range of intervention and prevention strategies in order to avoid exclusions and absences from school. This involves providing impartial, clear and practical advice to schools on good practice in behaviour management and intervention on both a school and individual pupil level.
- The Inclusion Officer will give advice to the school either by phone or in person.
- The Inclusion Officer will represent the Local Authority at the Pastoral Support Planning meeting for pupils at risk of exclusion;
- On a daily basis, maintain and update the Service’s records of exclusions & medical absences and the exclusion case files in both paper and electronic format, ensuring that all data held is full and accurate;
- At the end of the academic year, provide the Heads of Service (Education & Learning) with a detailed report and analysis of all exclusions from schools within the Inclusion Officer’s caseload;
- As required, provide training to schools, Parents/Carers and co-professionals on the Legal aspects of exclusion, intervention and Pastoral Support plans;
- On an ongoing basis, be responsible for the continuous updating of personal knowledge in the areas of Acts of Parliament, Department of Education guidelines and guidance, behaviour management, intervention and preventative strategies and examples of good practice in order to provide an effective advice service to schools.
NB: If you have previously applied to one of our vacancies and have already sent the required supporting documentation to us, please make this clear when you re-apply as this will help speed up your application.
Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.
“Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, not that they would exclude candidates willing to travel/relocate, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Enhanced DBS Required: Your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service
- Degree/Level 4 qualification in Education, Social Work, Health (Nursing, CAMHS, etc), Careers Guidance or Youth Work.
- Demonstrable commitment to continuing professional development
- Access to own suitable transport, (subject to reasonable adjustments that may need to be made in line with the Equality Act 2010
- **Please provide details of all qualifications held, especially any professional qualifications relating to the role
- Knowledge & Skills:
- Sound knowledge of inclusion within a school setting
- Can work effectively as a team member with a solution focused approach
- Strong verbal and written skills
- Knowledge of exclusion guidance
- Knowledge of Special Educational Needs and the graduate response
- Knowledge of safeguarding and adolescent safety framework
- Good IT skills
- candidates can be expected to travel some distance between visit
- Understanding of the importance of improving outcomes for vulnerable people
- Experience of participation in multiagency working
- Understanding of safeguarding issues
- Experience of leading a piece of work to develop a better service
- Experience of working with children in an educational setting - desirable
- Understanding exclusions and schools’ admissions procedures - - desirable
- Understanding of Special Educational Needs - desirable
- Understanding of child protection issues - desirable
- Understanding of approaches to reintegrating excluded pupils - desirable
- Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for
If you would prefer to send a CV straight to us rather than by way of an on-line application, you are very welcome to do so via [email protected] but please quote both the job reference and job title exactly as they appear below:
Temporary Inclusion Officer - Education & Learning
Anticipated Length of Assignment: Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent.
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