The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Families and Wellbeing Directorate to join the Virtual School for Children in Care as a Virtual School Education Officer. This is a key role within the Virtual School Team. Duties undertaken within this role include:

  • Leading the co-ordination and completion of Personal Education Plans (PEPs) for Children in Care attending school within and beyond Warrington;
  • Arranging school moves through working with Social Workers, schools and Carers;
  • Supporting school attendance;
  • Exclusion prevention work;
  • Advising schools and social workers on how they can support Children in Need and those on Child Protection.

Project work will also be required as appropriate to support the work of the Virtual School including analysis of data.

You will support the Virtual School Head Teacher and the Virtual School team to ensure that Personal Education Planning meetings are arranged to meet statutory requirements and that all relevant supporting material is co-ordinated to support the process, including the sharing of completed PEPs to tight timescales. Planning and leading PEP meetings, taking notes, co-ordinating and quality assuring documents and working with schools to ensure progress are key aspects of the post. You will work within a team of other Virtual School Education Officers where consistency of standards and a team approach is imperative.

You will be the Virtual School’s single point of contact for the schools on your caseload helping them to understand trauma, attachment and its impact on children’s development and often their mental health. You will use your knowledge to advise schools how they can better support children who are vulnerable and are in need of additional support. You will also work closely with other Local Authority teams, including Social Workers, EHCP Co-ordinators and Admissions.

You must have exceptional administrative skills, a proven track record of providing good customer service and be able to communicate effectively, while also being able to work sensitively and appropriately with a wide range of people and stakeholders. Your ability to manage your own diary and caseload is essential. You will be liaising with Head Teachers, senior leaders, social workers and other professionals and experience of working within a school or any relevant teaching experience would be beneficial to this role. Alternatively experience in children’s social care and/or working with children would also be desirable.

Additional Info:

37 hours a week - term time only - permanent.

DBS clearance is required.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer