2 days remaining to apply

  • Earliest start date

    1 July 2024

  • Latest start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    24 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    13 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Pastoral, health and welfare

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours per week - 39 weeks per year

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£30,825 - £34,834

Pay scale

Grade 6 - 21-26

What skills and experience we're looking for

Role - Family Support Worker

Responsible to Deputy Headteacher

Position Overview

This position involves working closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to provide family centred support, remove barriers to children's learning, and promote positive learning behaviours across the school. The role requires collaboration with staff, parents, and external agencies to coordinate provision, early intervention, and safeguarding of children. This includes serving as the Designated Safeguarding Deputy within the school, facilitating effective links between families and the school, making appropriate referrals, and maintaining a working knowledge of provision for specific groups of pupils. The position also involves using IT applications and databases effectively, prioritising work to meet conflicting deadlines, and utilising tact and diplomacy in communication with children and families.

Main Duties

  • To work alongside the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to provide family centred support in order to remove barriers to children’s learning
  • Work alongside staff, providing support and signposting services to families
  • To help promote positive learning behaviours across the school
  • To work with the school’s inclusion team to help coordinate provision
  • To liaise with parents, as required, supporting with the welfare of children or home/school liaison matters
  • To prioritise work to meet conflicting deadlines
  • To use IT applications and databases effectively to deliver administrative tasks
  • To operate the range of school management information systems as required
  • To input and retrieve data using computerised systems
  • To collate and prepare information from a variety of sources
  • To communicate effectively with internal & external stakeholders in relation to work
  • undertaken
  • To liaise with and support parents with regards to early intervention and safeguarding
  • children
  • To communicate effectively with internal & external stakeholders in relation to pupil
  • absence
  • To ensure children access the early help that they need to further improve outcomes,
  • including attendance management
  • To liaise with staff and external agencies to identify pupils at risk of disaffection and to devise, implement and evaluate plans put in place
  • To work with the SLT/School Office to develop and implement attendance strategies and plans for non-attenders
  • To build up detailed knowledge of the external agency support available, serving as the initial point of contact for families
  • To support the speedy and effective transfer of information between school, agencies and services
  • To undertake and implement the role of Designated Safeguarding Deputy within the school
  • To maintain regular contact with families and carers of children receiving support and
  • encourage family involvement in terms of children’s learning
  • To identify parents/carers and children who require transition support and liaise with
  • appropriate school staff and external agencies to ensure appropriate support is in place in order to achieve a smooth transition
  • To liaise with SLT and attend meetings as required
  • To liaise with the SENDCo to ensure a coordinated approach to inclusion
  • To participate in meetings as a school representative with external agencies
  • To work with others to help improve work organisation and effectiveness
  • To utilise tact and diplomacy in communication with children and families and to exercise an empathetic approach when dealing with sensitive situations
  • To ensure that record keeping in relation to individual casework and team activities is
  • maintained to the required standard and statistical data is readily available for monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • To prepare and submit referrals for Early Help
  • To follow the school’s procedures and protocols for outreach work for individuals or

groups of children

  • To adhere to strict guidelines of data protection, safeguarding and child protection as well as confidentiality

Child Protection and Safeguarding

  • To follow all Child Protection and Safeguarding policies and procedures
  • To serve as a Deputy Designated Person for Safeguarding
  • To monitor daily Cause for Concerns and to act on these in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Undertake relevant continuing professional development (CPD) training to fulfil the role
  • To facilitate effective links between families and school, including setting up meetings in school, accompanying children to meetings and being the school representative where appropriate
  • To make strategic decisions in liaison with the school and external agencies
  • To represent school at Child Protection case conferences, review meetings and core group meetings to plan and advise on future actions
  • To develop and promote effective working relationships with all other external services and those agencies involved in safeguarding children, including the statutory agencies such as Social Care and Family Intervention Service
  • To maintain a working knowledge of provision for specific groups of pupils such as those children with complex needs, as well as Looked after Children
  • To make appropriate referrals to external agencies including Early Help
  • To develop robust systems to record all issues related to children, subject to Social Care involvement
  • To be responsible for writing Early Help Assessment Forms (EHAFs) for identified children and liaising with appropriate staff to gather necessary information
  • In liaison with staff, produce reports for external agencies
  • To undertake home visits as necessary, following school procedures and guidelines
  • To support the SLT with providing evidence for external safeguarding audits
  • Support teaching staff in their understanding, use and production of inclusion or Child

Protection information

  • To ensure all staff are fully compliant with appropriate safeguarding training and regulations

General Duties

  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably required by the SLT and Governing Body
  • Contribute to the wider life of the school community
  • Keep up to date with developments, attending networks relevant to the role and communicate these to staff as required

  • Contribute to and follow agreed school policies and procedures
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals

What the school offers its staff

Do you want to work in a happy school?

Do you want to work in a school where staff wellbeing is high on the agenda?

Do you want to work in a school where staff are supported to be the best they can be?

We are an Ofsted-graded good school, but the quality of our work is well beyond ‘good’.

We believe our school is extraordinary.

Our curriculum is exceptional, honed by the work of our talented staff. It is tailored for our pupils, who come from a very mixed socio-economic profile of families, which means that we have a wonderful diversity across school. We cannot wait to show you the amazing way that our pupils respond to a combination of structured learning and highly competent delivery, both in the classroom and around school.

All members of our community share our values and it would be fair to say that our school is built on mutual respect, care and support.

Our Vision

A place to THRIVE

At Athelstan Primary School, our children are at the very heart of everything we do.

Everyone is an essential part of the Team

We have the Highest expectations of all in our school community

We will build Resilience in our children

Every child will be Inspired by an active and engaging curriculum

We want children to Value their experiences with us

We will Empower children to contribute positively to society

In return we offer:

  • A happy working environment
  • A supportive school where everyone is valued and cared for.
  • Opportunities to develop professionally.
  • A school dedicated to caring for staff well-being.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to zgodwin@athelstan.sheffield.sch.uk

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About Athelstan Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
615 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
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Arranging a visit to Athelstan Primary School

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