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Lead Educational Practitioner

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WHO ARE WE? WHY JOIN US?Goals4Girls Development Programme uses the power of football as an educational tool, to inspire young women and girls from low income communities to raise aspirations, set and achieve goals and make their voices heard in an inclusive sporting environment. We do this through our well-being, sports and education programme where we tackle the following: low educational attainment, school engagement, challenging behaviour, sports participation and social barriers all in the hope of developing better community cohesion and inspiring young women and girls to thrive at school, making a successful transition into adulthood.The successful candidate will regularly use their creative capabilities to create and deliver fun, engaging sessions that champion the young people we work with. LEAD EDUCATIONAL PRACTITIONER - ROLE DESCRIPTIONWe are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and passionate individual to fill this new role at Goals 4 Girls. You will be responsible for the delivery of our girls' programmes in partnership with secondary schools across London. This will involve delivering sessions to 3 partner schools per week, in addition to attending rewards trips. The G4G Schools Programme involves a combination of classroom and pitch-side based delivery. You may also be required to deliver sessions virtually, so some experience in this field is also needed.Hours: Mon-Fri, 32 hrs per week (term time only). Additional hours may be required but will be agreed upon with notice.Start: ASAP, offer dependent on references and Enhanced DBSMAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIESEducational Practitioner• Lead on the delivery of group mentoring for a caseload of 30 girls across 3 London based schools. Plus deliver 1:1 based interventions with students who need additional support and guidance.• Support with the continuous development of educational resources and the overal direction of educational strategy at G4G.• Liaise with G4G's Lead Safeguarding Officer and school equivalent in areas such as health & safety, safeguarding protocols. Also manage relationships with partner schools/members of SLT as well as parents and carers of G4G participants.• Report directly to G4G Line Manager and school Head of Interventions to develop tailored interventions for students at risk of exclusion. Network with mentors, teachers and relevant external agencies to support the needs of our participants.• Manage your own professional development through undertaking relevant training and sharing best practice with other learning mentors across the G4G programme.• Manage G4G staff members on each of your schools programmes.• Listen and engage with learners to help them resolve a range of issues that act as barriers to their learning, personal development and sports participation.Monitoring and Evaluation• Submit and track progress reports using our existing database. Evaluate individual sessions, participant progress and programme outcomes. Maintain accurate records and prepare termly written reports. Draw up agreed action plans with participants, outlining the aims of their mentoring, and monitor their progress against these agreed outcomes. Set clear goals that relate to academic performance and personal development on and off the pitch.• Monitor attendance and punctuality of participants.Key Responsibilities• Plan and attend reward trips for participants. Sometimes these will occur outside of working hours i.e. Mon-Fri.• Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation.• Attend parents' evening in some instances for particuarly vulnerable young people.• Uphold the strongest of safeguarding measures across all schools. Ensure you're aware of school procedures regarding safeguarding, and who your main contact in each school is in relation to safeguarding. Air immediate concerns to G4G Designated Safeguarding Officer.• Prepare educational resources for G4G staff members.• Be the first point of contact for parents and carers re-participant concerns and progress.• Be the face of the organisation while stationed in partner schools.• Deal with parent/carer grievances regarding participant behaviour.• Research, develop and implement resources and future mentoring and wellbeing units for the school programme.• Plan and sometimes deliver training, especially to newly appointed mentors.PERSON SPECIFICATION - SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE• Commitment to the wellbeing of all young people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.• Ability to build positive rapport & effective working relationships with colleagues.• Qualifications related to Teaching, Youth Work and/or Counselling.• Experience of delivering educational sessions to 11-16-year-olds, particularly girls.• Experience of working in mainstream & alternative provisional schools i.e. PRUs.• An understanding of the learning & behavioural needs of pupils of all academic abilities.• Ability to work using your own initiative, and to collaborate with teams across departments.• Absolute discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality, as you will be working with vulnerable young people and families experiencing complex issues. Empathetic and supportive outlook towards these individuals with a desire to support them fully is essential.
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