Personal Learning Advocate
Purpose of the job:
The Elland Academy are looking to appoint a Personal Learning Advocate to join our Academy as soon as possible.
The successful candidate will be working at The Elland Academy in South Leeds, and will be required 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.
You will 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.
You will provide additional support to learners during challenging and difficult times in order that they remain engaged in learning.
You will 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.
The Elland Academy is an Alternative Provision Free School catering for schools and academies across Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees. At the Elland, the child is at the centre of everything we do. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum that supports the various needs of the learners that come to us. Our learning is highly personalised to match student needs and is supported by a specialist team of staff to cater for learners aged 4-19 years. Our academy is a welcoming, safe and caring environment that successfully nurtures the needs of every member of its community. We aim to support our students to feel valued and enabled to make positive choices regarding their learning and interactions with others. We are driven by our values of respect for all, high aspirations and providing positive experiences to ensure success for all our young people and to transition them into life as responsible members of society. At the Elland, we believe all students can achieve.
Inclusion is integral to Delta Academies Trust and we have a zero exclusion policy in our schools. Our Alternative Provision Free Schools will widen the opportunities to succeed and achieve for all learners who experience challenge in mainstream provision. This includes children that are subject to one off, short-term or rare difficulties, to extreme SEBD pupils and pupils on the low end of the autistic spectrum. In addition the provision will provide additional capacity for vulnerable, disadvantaged, disaffected pupils who are not sustaining age related progress and are at risk of exclusion. Our provision will cater for 4 – 18 year olds.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 0113 212 7010 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Duties and Responsibilities
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.
Data security and processing
- 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.
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.
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
- GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above (or equivalent)
- Understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
- To be aware of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection
- Participate in development and training opportunities
- Working with or caring for vulnerable and/or disaffected children and young people
- Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier
- Ability to motivate and inspire disengaged and vulnerable learners
- Ability to relate well to adults including parents/carers and other professionals
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team
- Ability to lead or participate in out of school activities
- Commitment to self and team development
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies
- Relevant Teaching and/or teaching assistant qualification and/or social care/health qualification at Level 6
- Appropriate knowledge of first aid
- Working knowledge of the curriculum and other strategies/programmes