Personal Learning Advocate
Purpose of the job:
To liaise and work in partnership with: community academy/school, family/carer and the AP Free School to support the assessment and integration of learners with outreach and/or in reach.
To work under the direct supervision of the teaching and learning staff and SENCO to enable children and young people to access learning and therapeutic support as identified in personalised learning programmes.
To provide additional support to learners during challenging and difficult times in order that they remain engaged in learning.
To provide family/carer and learner support during school holiday periods to ensure health and well –being and support the engagement of learners in social activities/events.
Support the student by:
- Undertaking the activities with either individuals or groups of children to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical, emotional and educational development.
- Carrying out pre-determined educational activities and work programmes whilst promoting independent learning.
- Working to establish a supportive relationship with the children and parents/carers concerned, and their community academy/school.
- Through being a positive role model, encourage the acceptance and inclusion of all learners within the AP Free School and the wider community. Promoting and reinforcing the child’s self-esteem.
- Engaging learners in activities outside of traditional school hours to support the emotional well-being and raising of self- esteem, i.e. after school clubs.
Support Parents/Carers by:
- Improve children’s outcomes by identifying interventions that are effective in supporting parental involvement, particularly those parents/carers who are not significantly involved in their child’s education
- Engage with parental engagement training through a programme of CPD to develop school-based family and parent support activities that improve children’s learning and general well-being
- Support parents/carers in accessing clear, specific and targeted information from the AP Free school, mainstream academy/school and other support services to ensure that they have an understanding of their child’s learning and emotional well-being
- Provide support to parents/carers to ensure that communication streams, between home and school, are embedded, effective and responsive to need
Support the Teacher by:
- Monitoring individual children’s needs and provide oral/written feedback, contributing to reports and ensure accountability by reporting directing to their designated supervisor as appropriate.
- Keeping such records of the children’s development as are required by the AP Free School.
- Assisting teaching staff in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of children.
- Supporting teaching staff in the carrying out of home visits.
- Assisting the teaching staff in the smooth transition between integration and/or reintegration between the AP Free School and the community academy/school, and/or educational phases.
Support the Academy by:
- Being aware of the AP Free School’s policies and procedures.
- Being aware of confidential issues to home/student/teacher/academy work and to keep confidence as appropriate.
Any special conditions of service:
- There is a requirement to submit to an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service background check
- There will be times when it is necessary to work outside of normal AP Free School hours and/or off premise following appropriate consultation and notice. The job description will be reviewed as appropriate and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of the academy in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.
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Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above (or equivalent) (A/C)
- Understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these (A/I)
- To be aware of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection (A/I)
- Participate in development and training opportunities (A/I)
- Working with or caring for vulnerable and/or disaffected children and young people (A/I)
- Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier (A/I)
- Ability to motivate and inspire disengaged and vulnerable learners (A/I)
- Ability to relate well to adults including parents/carers and other professionals (A/I/R)
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I/R)
- Ability to lead or participate in out of school activities (A/I)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- To have good interpersonal and communication skills in liaising with a wide range of stakeholders (A/I)
- The post holder will require an Enhanced DBS (C)
- Drivers Licence (C)
- Relevant Teaching and/or teaching assistant qualification and/or social care/health qualification at Level 6 (C)
- Appropriate knowledge of first aid (A)
- Working knowledge of the curriculum and other strategies/programmes (A/I)