Lead Advisory Teacher – Post 16

  • Full time
  • Somerset, UK
  • Posted 1 week ago
  • May 10, 2021
  • £ See details

Lead Advisory Teacher – Post 16

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Somerset County Council Virtual School & Learning Support Team for a Post-16 Lead Advisory Teacher to join our team.

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 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

Our offer for Post-16 young people has evolved over the year, and we now have two education officers who, alongside a team of advisory teachers, support Post-16 Children Looked After. We are looking for a Lead Advisory Teacher (Post-16) to lead the strategic development of this area, resulting in reduced NEETs, improved outcomes, and greater engagement for our post-16 cohort.

You will be an integral part of the Leadership Team of the Virtual School Learning Support Team. You will lead on liaison with a range of partners, including colleges, and support the whole team to provide quality advice and options for Post-16 young people. You may be expected to attend PEP meetings for complex cases, and work with a range of professionals to secure positive outcomes for our young people.

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.

What we can offer you…

  • The opportunity to create and shape the future of the post-16 offer
  • 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 Looked After across Somerset. You will be proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can make a difference to the vulnerable young people you are working to support.

As a qualified teacher, you will have significant experience of working with young people with SEND and care experienced learners.  Ideally you will have education leadership experience, giving you the skills, confidence and credibility to work effectively with other education leaders, and senior managers from a range of agencies. Experience of working with young people in a college environment would be an advantage, as would knowledge and/or experience of implementing the SEND Code of Practice and Education Health and Care Plans.

Additional information

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact Emily Walters, Virtual Head on 07976 695941 or ewalters@somerset.gov.uk

All interviews will take place virtually via MS Teams.

Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 11th May 2021

Interview Date: Monday 17th May 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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