Start Date: Immediate
Pay: KR6 plus SENA
If you share our passion to work in collaboration with partner agencies, children and families and enjoy being the hub of support and communication in an energetic school environment then we are keen to hear from you!
The Beacon School are looking to appoint a Child in Care Learning Mentor, working as part of the Multi Agency Support Team. Under the direction of the Multi Agency Leader, the Child in Care Learning Mentor will work directly with the children and young people who are in care to help them make the best possible progress in learning, personal development and ensure they are on the pathway to achieve their maximum potential. They will be the first point of contact for parents/carers and staff on a daily basis. They will work with all stakeholders as the central hub of communication to foster and enhance a team approach to ensure our children in care have a strong pathway of success.
This role includes leading and implementing the Personal Education Plan (PEP) process, chairing the PEP meetings, providing regular direct mentoring sessions, brokering intervention and support and attending meetings with school staff and external agencies. They will manage and monitor the overall progress of the pupils within their caseload and meet with the VSK support officer throughout the year, providing formal reports and celebrating the successes of our pupils!
The successful candidate will have excellent communication and inter-personal skills, an energetic approach to working in challenging situations and will have a flexible approach to their working day. The person we are looking for will have previous experience working with children in care, a multi-agency approach to working with children and families and ability to build trusting relationships within our school community.
It will be a challenging and fulfilling role that will place your skills at the heart of community.
This role is for 22.5 hours per week over three days, term time only plus an additional 5 days during school holiday periods. Salary Kent Range 6 (£19,609 – £21,509 pro rata) depending on experience.
This post is for a Maternity cover until the end of May 2021.
Closing Date: 18/09/2020 at 12:00
Interviews: 25th September 2020
Information about the school
We are an all-age school (3-19 years) offering 380 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences based in Folkestone. We currently work across three sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone and a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School also in Folkestone and Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre.
The school is on the cusp of kick starting phase one of our new satellite provision which will be based in Walmer, Deal providing education experiences for an additional 240 pupils.
The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.
We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.
The Beacon also hosts a MultiAgency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.
At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. We expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.
Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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