Advisory Teacher – Virtual

Advisory Teacher

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Somerset County Council Virtual School & Learning Support Team for an Advisory Teacher to join our team on a full time basis, with the possibility of offering part time.

Somerset Virtual School and Learning Support Team is a multi-professional team, with two key areas of focus. As a Virtual School, our role is to promote the educational attainment of Children Looked After by the local authority.

As such we work alongside schools, colleges, social care colleagues, and advisory teams to ensure our Children Looked After can achieve well. The Learning Support Team complements this offer by advising and supporting our schools and settings to be inclusive through fulfilling their statutory SEND duties and removing barriers for all learners.


Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Working as part of an experienced and supportive team the role will involve providing high quality support to Somerset schools and settings to develop their ability to strategically manage SEND to ensure they are fully inclusive, and provision impacts on outcomes.

This will include a range of activities such as through staff training and network meetings, strategic discussions and school/SENCO support, and pupil assessments, to ensure children and young people with SEND have positive outcomes and inclusive experiences at school. In addition, you will be expected to hold a caseload of Children Looked After, attending PEP meetings and liaising with a range of professionals to improve progress and achievement and secure high-quality education for this vulnerable cohort.

This is a full-time post, offered on teachers’ pay and conditions, either main pay scale or upper pay scale depending on experience. This post will be countywide and some out of county travel may be necessary. There may be the possibility of offering this post on a part time basis for the right candidate.

What we can offer you…

• Teachers’ pay and conditions and teachers’ pension

• A supportive and dedicated team including business support

• Blended working arrangements to include home and office-based time

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of young people in Somerset. We’re supporting blended working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and, where needed, PPE to protect our employees. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.


A few things about you

You will be passionate about inclusive practices and promoting the education achievement and wellbeing of children and young people with SEND and Children Looked After in Somerset. You will be proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can make a difference to vulnerable children and young people and the schools and settings you are working to support.

A qualified teacher, with the National SENCo Award, you will have experience working as a SENCO and have significant experience of working with Children Looked After.  Your education leadership experience as a SENCO and possibly as a Designated Teacher for Children Looked After, give you the skills, confidence and credibility to work effectively with other education leaders and professionals from a range of settings and agencies.


Additional information

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact Emily Walters, Virtual Head on 07976 695941 or

All interviews will take place virtually via MS Teams.

Shortlisting Date: 29th June 2021

Interview Date: 6th July 2021

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.

• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.

• Staff discounts in gyms.

• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.

• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.

• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.

• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.


Fluency duty

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.


DBS information

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

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