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Attendance and Welfare Officer

Choice Teachers
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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£22,571 - £24,920 FTE *Term Time Only*

Choice Teachers are an Education agency based in the Northwest, who are recruiting an Attendance and Welfare Officer on behalf of a secondary school in Bolton.

This role is a full time permanent position.

Job Purpose:

To support the actions of the whole school in improving attendance and punctuality across the School and to implement the School Attendance Strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

* Relentlessly seek to improve the attendance of students at the School, in order to meet targets, set by the Headteacher.

* Work alongside other pastoral colleagues, Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and Key Stage 3 & 4 Co-ordinators to plan and implement strategies that will improve the behaviour, attendance, and attainment of individual and targeted groups of students.

* Attend meetings with parents / carers and multi-agency meetings when appropriate, such as: Local Authority meetings, Parent/Carer and Student Attendance Panels, Managed Move meetings, Social Care meetings & Police Community Liaison meetings.

* Managing the attendance process elements for pupils leaving the School, leave of absence requests, Children Missing Education, Elective Home Education and alternative provision.

* Liaise with the Associate Deputy Headteacher and refer children who are not meeting attendance targets and those who take holiday during term time and inform the relevant person in Local Authority of any Children Missing in Education (CME);

* Ensure the Children Missing Education procedure is followed by the school.

* In liaison with the Headteacher, identify and follow through appropriate sanctions including fines and court action.

* Monitor and analyse attendance data daily to identify areas of concern and act accordingly to improve the figures.

* Check registers for errors and messages and liaise with the school staff regarding any unknown absences from lessons

* Analyse absence data from each teaching session on Lesson Monitor, identifying unexplained absences and checking Home Calls record.

* Produce and send letters regarding lateness and attendance / truancy.

* Undertake home visits to support parents / carers, in particular Pupil Premium students in returning to school and encourage all students to come into school and discuss the link between absence and attainment.

* Organise school attendance panels, set targets and if necessary, organise parenting contracts to be completed.

* Ensure statistics for Pupil Premium students, LAC and persistent absentees are prepared for Key Stage 3 & 4 Co-ordinators and other relevant staff.

* Report regularly to Key Stage 3 & 4 Co-ordinators, including weekly meetings, to agree appropriate, co-ordinated, individual support plans for Pupil Premium, LAC and other students.

* Ensure student attendance is monitored and absence patterns and trigger points are notified to enable appropriate action to be taken.

* Support families and assist where required with transport, bus passes, school uniform, and applications to the Hardship Fund.

* Implement and develop re-integration strategies to support a student returning to school, in order to resolve any difficulties and reduce the likelihood of further absence.

* Carrying out administrative functions relating to parental request for leave of absence or holiday request.

* Participate in the School's pastoral training programme as appropriate and when requested.

* Promote and support high levels of attendance through the full implementation of the School Attendance Strategy.

* To receive incoming calls with reference to attendance. Telephone parents/ carers for absent children.

* Contact Parent(s)/Carer(s) when students marked absent, and reason not yet known (Absence Text Messaging/Telephone Calls)

* Support with transition arrangements for students entering or leaving the School.


* The post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS background check, relevant right to work documentation, suitable references and a six -month probationary period

* You must have relevant experience to be considered for this role

* Occasionally there may be a requirement to work off-site and undertake work outside normal office hours to meet the variable nature of workloads and deadlines and to support School events.

The duties of this post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the post or level of responsibility entailed.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please apply below or contact Trevor on (phone number removed).

Choice Teachers is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applicants from all suitably qualified persons. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
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