Hastings Attendance Partnership Lead
Start date: 02 January 2024
Location: Ark Alexandra Academy, Hastings, East Sussex
Salary: Ark Outside London Support Scale 10, Pay Points 29-36: £37,336 to £44,428 (pro rata)
Actual salary: £32,938.69 - £39,195.41
Hours: 36 per week, term time only plus 1 week to be worked in the school holidays (40 weeks per year)
Contract: Fixed term until 31 December 2024 due to funding
Closing date: 9.00am, Tuesday 05 December 2023
Interview date: Monday 11 December 2023
An exciting new role has been created to support the ongoing work to improve student attendance across primary and secondary schools in Hastings. Funded and supported by the Department for Education, we are looking for an Attendance Lead who has a passion for supporting schools and students to ensure our young people have full access to the education they are entitled to. This is a fixed term role due to limited external funding with specific project focus to improve attendance.
We are looking for someone who will be dedicated and enthusiastic to lead a small group of family support workers and an attendance co-ordinator across Hastings Primary & Secondary Schools.
The successful applicant will be employed by and based at Ark Alexandra Academy but will work across schools in Hastings to understand the current challenges and barriers that are affecting attendance for vulnerable and disengaged learners. They will lead and support the Attendance Co-ordinator to evaluate effective practice already in place and find opportunities to share this good practice across other schools in the town, including University of Brighton Academy Trust, Diocese and local authority schools. The Family Support Worker and Attendance Co-ordinator roles are also fixed term roles which have been developed specifically for this project.
This is a term time only position, which means you will only work 39 weeks of the year, plus one extra week in the school holidays as directed by your line manager. Pay is spread evenly over the year so you would never have a month without money.
Our standards are high, and we need someone who can be a team player and flexible when supporting other colleagues with the ability to be resilient, calm and professional under pressure.
As the ideal candidate you will:
- Have a GCSE in English and Maths, level 4/C or above (or equivalent)
- Have proven experience in raising attendance in a challenging environment
- Have a resilient character and a strong personal drive
- Have an unwavering determination to work with students of all abilities
- Excellent communication skills
- Good organisational and administrative skills
- The ability to lead a team
- The ability to use your own initiative
- Excellent ICT skills including strong understanding of relevant attendance software e.g. BROMCOM or Excel
For information, please read the job description and person specification in the information pack which you can download from here.
Ark Alexandra is a two-campus secondary academy with a Sixth Form provision in Hastings, East Sussex and is the largest secondary with 6th form in the Ark network. A popular school, have grown from a 10 to 12 form entry, working across a split site, which brings with it unique opportunities for growth and development.
As a Church of England school, our values of faith, excellence and kindness underpin our ethos, culture and behaviour. We have an inclusive admissions policy that welcomes, without preference, students of all faith and none. Our vision is to create a truly great school for the young people in Hastings. We believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included, and empowered to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
We offer health benefits such as Local Government Pension Scheme with a generous employer contribution, subsidised gym membership, Cycle to Work scheme, Healthcare Cashplan and Employee Assistance Programme or if you prefer retail therapy, staff discounts (online and in-store) via instant vouchers or reloadable gift cards from the Ark Rewards scheme.
How to apply:
Please click here to complete an online application form by 9am on Tuesday 05 December. You will be able to pause, save and log back in to complete your application up until the vacancy closes.
If you have any questions about the role, please email ALEHR@arkalexandra.org
If you’re interested in further information about our school, please visit our website – www.arkalexandra.org
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.
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