Education Social Worker

Full Time - Term Time Only
1 year contract, leading to the possibility of a permanent position.
Oak Tree Primary School and Nursery, Jubilee Way North, Oak Tree Lane Estate, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG18 3PJ
Range Hay Band A, Points 23 to 28 £27,741 to £32,234 pro rata NB this is based on a year round 37 hours per week salary. Negotiable based on experience.

Contract to commence 1st January 2020, Working Pattern Negotiable based on 30 hours per week, working 8:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday. 

Oak Tree Primary School is a friendly, lively, caring and inclusive school, with a commitment to all pupils achieving personal success. 

Job profile:

Oak Tree Primary School and Nursery is looking to recruit a compassionate, dedicated school social worker. This is a unique and varied opportunity as the role will be based in a primary setting and will cross different areas of responsibility. Primarily, we are looking for someone to assist in addressing the social well-being of our students alongside current and relevant issues in the school such as attendance, adjustment issues following lock down and pupil premium.

As a key advisor to our senior leadership team, the role includes but is not limited to: managing school attendance, providing support for children and families; liaison with external agencies and working with key staff in school. It will entail providing a range of services to children and families who need additional support, including overseeing pupil premium.

If you are passionate about helping every student be successful, we encourage you to apply.

Key Responsibilities – Social Care:

As school social workers aim to help students grow socially and academically, you will be required to help students cope with behaviour management, and mental and emotional health issues. Other responsibilities will include:

  • Counselling children
  • Managing case records and monitoring CPOMS
  • Reporting any child abuse or neglect to EHU or MASH
  • Educating and training parents on available resources to help their child
  • Attending educational planning meetings and establishing positive working relationships with all staff in and out of school
  • Advocating for students, families, and resources
  • Coordinate with social, government, health and education agencies and services to support our students 

Key responsibilities – Attendance: 

  • The management of attendance data across the school
  • The link person between the school, parents and LA with regard to attendance
  • Coordinate with the school office to follow up absences and first day calling where there are attendance concernsThrough Scholarpack, produce statistics on a fortnightly basis of all students under 95% attendance. Supply reason for absence of all students under 90% - Information passed to DSL
  • Fill out necessary paperwork and produce evidence for EHU
  • Home visits to families with particular attendance concernsMeet with families in school who consistently have under 90% attendance
  • Update necessary paper work regarding attendance concerns to support any referral to the EHU to and substantiate evidence relating to court action.
  • Produce and maintain paperwork and gather evidence for Penalty Notice fines and for students leaving for Home EducationRespond by letter to Leave of Absence requests
  • Send letters to parents of students under 95% and 90% asking for medical evidence where applicable
  • Conduct ‘late gate’ exercises for a 15 minute period recording any students who are late
  • Produce statistics regarding ‘lates’Set up groups to target and monitor groups with attendance concerns 

Key Responsibilities – Pupil Premium:

  • To co-ordinate the school’s approach to raising the achievement of disadvantaged students in receipt of pupil premium funding and others who are vulnerable.
  • To ensure that the pupil premium funding reaches the groups of pupils for whom it is intended and that it makes a significant impact on their education.
  • To identify disadvantaged students’ barriers to learning in order to design, lead and deliver appropriate intervention strategies
  • To provide a clear and ambitious action plan for pupil premium and intervention provision.
  • To assess and evaluate the effectiveness of provision for pupil premium and vulnerable pupils and review the action plan as appropriate.
  • To provide a summary of pupil progress for the annual pupil premium report to be published on the school website as required by the conditions of the pupil premium grant

Person specification:

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Social Work
  • A licence and certification to practice Social Work
  • Experience in School Social Work will be advantageous
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Approachable, demonstrating compassion and empathy for children and their families.
  • Professionalism and discretion when working with others
  • Excellent Literacy skills
  • Excellent ICT skills
  • Able to work under pressure and use own initiative
  • Confident and competent in the use of all aspects of MS Office
  • Active interest in young people and education
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision 

This job description and person specification is not designed to be an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, but represents the current key areas of work. There will be additional duties and responsibilities explicit in the role mainly based around social care and pupil premium monitoring. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary without change to the level of responsibility appropriate to the grade of post. 

If you would like to arrange a visit to the school please contact the school office on with your request, we will try to accommodate all requests within current restrictions and our Covid19 risk assessment.

Application forms/information are available on our website: .

Closing Date: 1st December 2020.

Interviews to take place on Monday 7th December 2020.

• We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks.

• All posts in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. All posts in schools, unless stated otherwise, are suitable for a job share arrangement.

• The County Council welcomes applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation for posts within County and Controlled Schools and in Colleges.
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