Learning Manager - Permanent
Purpose of the job:
Don Valley Academy are looking to appoint a Learning Manager to join our academy on 31 August 2021. In this role you will support learning through the use of data, strategic intervention and monitoring in order to maximise student attainment.
Don Valley Academy is proud to be rated Ofsted GOOD (April 2019) for the first time in its history! This has been achieved by having dedicated and enthusiastic staff who are committed to giving our community an extraordinary educational experience.
We are a vibrant 11-18 Academy with 1074 students on roll, including 33 at Post 16. We benefit from a new building which opened in November 2016 enabling our students and staff to use state of the art facilities. We serve a significantly deprived community with 42% of students being pupil premium and 38% being in the bottom 10% for deprivation. Despite these challenges, you will find Don Valley students to be polite and engaged with learning.
As a community we embrace all opportunities and strive to support and challenge each other. We have a comprehensive professional development calendar which is tailored specifically to meet the current needs. Staff enjoy the leadership opportunities found within our ‘DEEPs’ model and are able to gain experiences of roles across the Academy from Aspiring Leaders to Associate Assistant Principals.
Collaboration is at the heart of the Academy for both students and staff and you will find Don Valley Academy to be positive and reflective towards their own professionalism, with wellbeing as a pivotal aspect of our Academy ethos.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01302 651035 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Responsibilities and accountabilities
- To be a first response for everyday student problems.
- To monitor all students in the year group, both academically and with behavioural issues.
- To work closely with the Inclusion Manager, Consequences Manager, Bridge Manager and the Vice Principal – Deep Support on intervention strategies, targeting students for intervention (i.e. coursework completion and other issues which may present a barrier to learning).
- To utilise the SIMS system in order to track and intervene with serial internal truants or students who are consistently late for lessons.
- To have emphasis on intervention and student tracking throughout the day using the academy’s reward systems.
- To supervise breakfast, break and lunchtime for the year group.
- To supervise students prior to formal examinations.
- To attend PSPs when necessary.
- To record safeguarding incidents, including the production of reports on students for multi-agency meetings.
- To attend safeguarding conferences on behalf of the Academy and provide relevant feedback to the delegated person where necessary.
- To attend, and where necessary chair, Children In Need and Team Around the Child meetings to provide relevant information on students, including the coordination of minutes and future meetings.
- To undertake referrals for students and/or their families as specific needs are identified.
- To support the Education Welfare Officer in undertaking truancy sweeps and collecting students from home to attend the Academy.
- To undertake weekly attendance checks for the year group and contact parents/carers to clarify reasons for absence.
- To attend and actively contribute to the RAG meeting to ensure that students of concern are identified early and appropriate intervention actioned.
- To support the Inclusion Manager / Consequences Manager by contacting parents to inform them of exclusions and covering the Consequences Room on occasion.
- To analyse and interpret reward data on a half termly basis to produce reward intervention booklets and present these to SLT.
- To support a member of the SLT at all readmission meetings.
- To respond to calls on the internal radio system for support in lessons when a member of SLT is not available.
- To support out of academy activities including, organising the prom in Year 11/Year 13, residential trips, open/parents’ evenings and helping students with fund raising activities.
- To follow up intervention for students who receive multiple E4s, including phone calls home, meetings with parents and carers.
- To attend and on occasion chair, the Attendance Panel meetings.
- To make Anti-Social Behaviour Contract referrals to the Police.
- To ensure that trip and events packs are completed, including risk assessments, for those events/trips which you are leading on.
- To complete the IBP and PSP process for students within the year group.
- To co-ordinate photographs for the year group.
- To act as a link between the academy and parents on non-departmental issues.
- To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
- To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).
- To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
- To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
External Multi agency representatives, parents/carers and members of the public
Internal Students, staff, parents/carers and any other visitors to the Academy
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- Grade C or above in both English and Maths, or equivalent (C)
- Recognised and relevant vocational qualification (NVQ level 4) and/or equivalent practical work experience (A/I/C)
- Willingness and ability to obtain and/or enhance qualifications and training for development in the post. (A/I)
- Child Protection Training (A/I/C)
- Working in a school environment (A/I)
- Issues affecting students and young people and how to offer supportive assistance (A/I)
- Organising and adapting to change (A/I)
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) (A/I)
- Good organisational and personal management skills (A/I)
- Effective behaviour management skills (A/I)
- Able to work independently and be a team player (A/I/R)
- Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality (A/I/R)
- Effective time management (I/R)
- Working knowledge of standard computer packages (word processing, email and spreadsheets) (A/I)
- Ability to work with students and have a real interest in the issues faced by this age group (A/I)
- Satisfactory Enhanced DBS (C)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Promote equality or opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- Commitment to abide by and promote the Trust’s Equality & Diversity Policy, Health & Safety Policies and Child Protection Policies. (A/I)
- Basic first aid (A/I/C)