Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
In the fulfilment of its role as Corporate Parent, the London Borough of Hillingdon invests in its looked after children and, in order to raise educational outcomes and ensure every child and young person reaches their academic potential, we are recruiting to a Lead Practitioner role in our Virtual School.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for a professional experienced in working with young people in an educational context to try something different, fulfilling and rewarding.
You will be in charge of a caseload of young people in the care of Hillingdon Local Authority and your job will be to ensure they have the support to overcome barriers to their learning so that they achieve their full potential.
You will track and monitor their progress and attendance; you will lead their Personal Education Planning meetings and agree targets and action plans to support their education. In doing so, you will liaise closely with and support foster carers and residential home key workers, social workers, personal advisors and designated teachers/student support services in schools and colleges.
You will also hold a work portfolio with responsibility for Key Stage 5, including 16+ transition and NEET reduction.
We are looking to appoint a dynamic practitioner who has experience of working with vulnerable young people preferably in an education setting. The successful candidate will have good knowledge of the education system, including assessment.
We are seeking someone who is passionate about enabling Looked After Children and Care Leavers to progress educationally in line with their non-Looked After peers. Our ideal person sticks to deadlines, thinks on their feet, is hardworking, supportive of staff and the team around the child, approachable and friendly.
They will be excellent at managing a very busy schedule, organised and pro-active, especially in setting up enrichment activities for our young people. In relation to this role there may be occasional evening and weekend work and there is a need to travel depending on the location of the young people on your caseload.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- on-site staff restaurant at Civic Centre
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.