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Key Centre Leader

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9 Jul 2021

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Job title Key Centre Leader

Hours of work 8.00am to 4.30pm (8.00am to 4pm Friday)

37 hours per week/41 weeks per year

Term time plus 3 weeks

Employment status Permanent

Annual salary Minimum of £30,451 pro rata

Actual annual salary Minimum of £27,418 (salary subject to qualifications/experience)

Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults

Hardenhuish School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Job Purpose

To manage the wellbeing and behavioural issues of designated pupils. Essentially, the task is one of offering pupils opportunities for learning intellectually, emotionally and socially, both as individuals, as members of a group, as members of the whole year group, and as members of the wider community. The Key Centre Leader is supported in their work by a team of Pupil Support Workers.

Responsible to

James Woollin, Deputy Headteacher for pupil wellbeing and Andrea Gould, who is the Business Manager and has overall responsibility for all school support staff.


Effective working relationships will need to be formed with members of the Leadership Team, all Learning and Pastoral Managers, Key Centre Staff, Outside Agencies (e.g. Police, Parent Support Adviser, School Nurse, Mental Health, alternative provision institutions), Medical Officer, key members of the support staff (Attendance Officer, Exams Officer), parents and pupils within the school.

Key tasks related to Key Centre Leadership

1. Promote a positive, whole-school, child centred approach to pupil behaviour.

2. Explore and identify areas of difficulty experienced by individual pupils and develop, implement and monitor strategies which will enable them to access the curriculum more fully.

3. Work with the Leadership Team in developing strategies and policies for the development of the alternative provision within the School.

4. Lead, support, develop and train the staff in the Key Centre Team, including their recruitment, induction and appraisal.

5. Be responsible for the day to day management of Key Centre Staff and act as a positive role model.

6. Monitor and evaluate the quality of support provided by the Key Centre Team

7. Be aware of the latest developments, legislation and research on alternative provision and disseminate them as appropriate.

8. Ensure that all statutory requirements with regard to pastoral support and pupil reporting are fulfilled.

9. Advise and assist both staff and pupils in the identification of specific areas that contribute towards poor or unacceptable behaviour, in and out of class, and assist in the development and implementation of alternative strategies and policies.

10. Develop and maintain appropriate record keeping systems to enable to the progress and development of identified pupils to be monitored; collecting and analysing data as required, e.g. attendance and exclusion data.

11. Have an overview of and manage external alternative provision and related attendance including Academy 21, Wiltshire College, Swindon College etc.

12. Promote team work and ensure effective working relations.

13. Promote the work of the Key Centre to secure positive relationships with parents and outside agencies.

14. Contribute to the overall development of the School; support staff training with behaviour management skills, the implementation of school policies, support school events and enrichment activities.

15. Develop and implement policy and practice for the Key Centre.

16. Hold regular meetings with the Key Centre Team.

17. Manage the available resources of space, staff, capitation and equipment efficiently and maintain records.

Key tasks related to teaching and learning

18. To build on the work done by the Pastoral Managers, Learning Managers and the SENCo (if applicable) and work closely with them and Curriculum Leaders to explore and identify areas of difficulty experienced by individual pupils and develop, implement and monitor strategies which will enable them to access an appropriate curriculum that meets their needs.

19. Plan and deliver programmes with pupils in small groups or individually to develop social skills, behaviour for learning, emotional literacy, mental health, art and cookery if required.

20. To contribute to learning within the Key Centre in whatever capacity best suits the skills and experience of the individual in post (e.g. English, Maths, Vocational skills, social skills, teamwork etc.)

21. Co-ordinate Key Centre Staff timetables and Key Centre pupil support programmes.

22. Support Key Centre pupils in the classroom and on Outdoor Education programmes if required.

23. Liaise with alternative provision institutions regarding personalised provision for pupils.

Key tasks related to pupil progress and wellbeing

24. Administer matters related to the progress of pupils in the Key Centre.

25. Manage issues as they arise and implement School Policy.

26. Organise meetings with parents, produce minutes and follow up action points.

27. Work 1:1 with Key Centre and referred pupils in a mentoring capacity if required.

28. Attend meetings and feedback to appropriate people or act as Lead Professional where appropriate.

29. Be part of the leadership of the school's support and intervention strategies (including alternative provision) and attend meetings as appropriate.

30. Issue and monitor daily reports, liaise with teachers and Pastoral and Learning Managers.

31. Attend the start of exams for pupils in the Key Centre (if required).

32. Monitor attendance and punctuality (including for alternative provision) of Key Centre pupils.

33. Apply the School's values and aims that inform all actions related to pupil wellbeing.

34. Apply the School's guidelines on issues relating to child protection. Raise concerns of Child Protection to DSL, ensure all information logged on school system.

35. Monitor pupil wellbeing.

36. Prepare Social Care Referral forms, Single Assessment Referral forms and Integrated Youth Referral forms as required with supporting documentation and liaise with family as necessary.

37. Liaise with outside agencies, e.g. Police, Social Care, CAMHS and seek medical advice as necessary. Monitor cases daily and liaise closely with families and agencies involved.

38. Provide a rapid response to parental concerns and queries.

39. Administer the School's system of exeats for pupils in the Key Centre

40. Induct pupils new to the Key Centre.

41. Carry out administration of Key Centre pupils in all matters related to pupil wellbeing, behaviour and learning.

42. Apply the Positive Behaviour Policy and the strategies and systems it recommends (merits, citizenship, the NET etc.)

43. Deal with the day-to-day behaviour issues in the Key Centre and refer high level issues to the Deputy Headteacher.

44. Build positive relationships with parents, Pastoral Managers, Learning Managers, Learning Support, School Counsellors and other agencies as appropriate in terms of providing necessary pupil support, especially for those pupils who are deemed at risk of not completing their full course of education at Hardenhuish.

45. Assist with pupils refusing to attend the NET if required.

Other duties

This job description is intended as a guide to the general duties required of the post.

Occasionally the postholder may be required to undertake training and perform duties other than those given in the job description. This will include assisting in various activities relating to the supervision of pupils, such as:

1. Working closely with the Exams Officer by notifying special circumstances for consideration, e.g. broken arm, family bereavement or mental health issue.

2. providing supervision at break/lunchtime and during School trips and other Key Centre functions.

3. Acting as emergency cover in the Key Centre where Pupil Support Workers are absent.

4. Representing the school at pupil family bereavements.

5. Escorting pupils to hospital when family members are unable to assist.

6. Supporting the Medical Officer with medical emergencies relating to Key Centre pupils.

Training will be offered on a regular basis and cover Child Protection issues, behaviour management and other topics pertinent to the role of Key Centre Manager.

The duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time. Such variations are a common occurrence and would not justify the re-evaluation of a post. Where a permanent and substantial change in the duties and responsibilities occurs, then the post would be eligible for re-evaluation.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The nature of the work requires that the postholder has undergone checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service and has enhanced clearance.

Equal Opportunities

All employees have a responsibility to understand and abide by the obligations laid down in the school's equal opportunities policies.

Health and Safety

All employees have responsibility for their own health and safety and for that of others who may be affected by their acts, or omissions. Staff are required to adhere to all health and safety regulations, guidance and procedures at all times.


All employees are expected to respect confidentiality in relation to school business and pupil data.

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