Our aim is to do all we can to ensure all Children in Care to Devon enjoy their education, have access to the highest quality education provision and gain their best possible outcomes.
Although we are not a real school with buildings and classrooms, the Virtual School works as any school, to provide support and interventions to help each child achieve their best and thrive on their educational journey.
We work with our young people, Designated Teachers in schools, Social Workers, Carers, families and other professionals to ensure high aspirations and targeted support is the shared goal of everyone involved with the young person.
The Personal Education Plan Support Officer will ensure that every Child in Care to Devon, from early years to 18, has an up-to-date Personal Education Plan. They will coordinate the delivery of high quality Personal Education Plans which impact positively on the outcomes for Children in Care, by liaising with Area Learning Advocates, Designated Teachers, Social Workers, Foster Carers and other relevant professionals.
Local Authorities have a duty under the Children’s Act 1989 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children looked after by them. This includes a particular duty to promote the child’s educational achievement wherever they live or are educated. The authority must, therefore, give particular attention to the educational implications of any decision about the welfare of those children.
In addition, Local Authorities have a duty under section 23ZZA of the Children’s Act 1989 (inserted by section 4 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017) to promote the educational achievement of previously Looked After Children in their area, by providing information and advice to any person that has parental responsibility for the child - providers of funded Early Years education, Designated Teachers for previously Looked After Children in maintained schools and academies and any other person the Authority considers appropriate for promoting the educational achievement of relevant children
This post is to work as part of the Virtual school in Devon to attend and coordinate the PEP meetings for Children in Care and to offer support to schools, Carers and Social Workers to ensure every child makes maximum progress. The post requires face-to-face work in schools and some working from home or an office base. If you want to make a difference to our most vulnerable children in Devon we would like to hear from you.
- We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
- DCC embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and safe. We welcome applications from people who share our commitment to stop discrimination, challenge inequality and promote diversity across Devon. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity webpages.
- The Council offers flexible working arrangements in terms of when and where people work e.g. hybrid working, part-time, condensed hours etc.
- This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.
- Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.
- Happy to Talk Flexible Working.
- For more information about Working for Devon please visit our Working for Devon page.
- This role requires a DBS disclosure.
- OrganisationDevon County Council
- Work LocationExeterDevon
- Work Postcode
- Occupational GroupEducation Support
- Salary Details
£24,432 - £27,514 per annum (pending the 2022/23 pay award)
- Job TermPermanent
- Appointment TypeFull TimeTerm Time
37 hours per week
- Closing Date
- DBS Check Required