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Head Teacher – Virtual School for Looked After Children
  • Employer: Wokingham Borough Council
  • Reference: 710221
  • Published: Wed 07/04/2021, 15:55 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 05/05/2021, 15:58 PM
  • Working Pattern: Part Time
  • Hours: 33.3 hours per week, 0.9 FTE
  • Salary: Starting salary of £65,735, pro-rata’d for part time
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Shute End/Home Working, Berkshire

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Head Teacher – Virtual School for Looked After Children

Wokingham Virtual School are looking for a virtual Head Teacher with experience of supporting Looked After Children. The purpose of this role is to raise the educational attainment and achievement of Wokingham’s Looked After Children by ensuring that all children and young people in the Council’s care participate in education and make positive transitions at key educational milestones and have equal access to education, training and employment opportunities.

As the Headteacher of the Wokingham Virtual School you will make sure that the Council’s statutory responsibilities and duty to promote the educational achievement of its Looked After Children is properly discharged. You will need to lead, support and challenge governing bodies, head teachers, designated teachers, the Virtual School team and other personnel to secure the best possible educational provision and outcomes for Looked After Children in the care of Wokingham Council.

Wokingham Borough Council are currently recruiting on a part time basis (0.9FTE) working with the Learning, Achievement and Partnership Team in Children’s Services. This position is based at Shute End, Wokingham and remote working. You will report directly to the Assistant Director of children services (Learning, Achievement and Partnership).

Key Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities: -

  • Champion the needs of Looked After Children, promoting their continued attendance in schools and education & training and ensure that all children have the opportunity to
  • Ensure up to date information is maintained and monitored on educational provision and admissions for all school age looked after children, to ensure they have school and other placements which best meet their needs and have an up to date and appropriate Personal Education Plan (PEP). In addition, as Virtual Head lead on quality assurance of
  • Ensure social workers adequately consider the educational needs of Looked After Children when making decisions about moving placements and promote the importance of stability in
  • Ensure the views of children and young people are fully considered in decision making and developments relating to service
  • Report regularly on the attainment of Looked After Children through the authority’s corporate parenting
  • Manage the Virtual School budget effectively and ensure the Pupil Premium is allocated appropriately and that schools are held to account for the impact of the additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, to ensure improvement in the education outcomes for looked after
  • Produce an annual Virtual School report, self-evaluation documentation and a development plan for the Virtual School, setting out an assessment of its impact, the progress of all children in care in the area, and proposed actions to achieve future
  • Develop the LA response to all Statutory Guidance on Looked after Children, in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Learning, Achievement & Partnerships
  • Work closely with other local authorities to develop appropriate support for Looked after Children in schools outside of
  • Ensure that effective support and challenge are provided to professional staff in schools/ settings, and governing bodies, so that all children in care make good progress and achieve.
  • Disseminate good practice on working with schools which have Looked After Children on roll, especially in relation to supporting schools and social workers to have high aspirations of them during their school career and in progression to further and higher

 Skills, Knowledge & Experience required: -

  • A sound understanding and knowledge of legislation, regulations and guidance that relates to education, attendance and exclusion and how it relates to children in care.
  • A sound understanding of social care.
  • Experience of interagency working to support vulnerable children or young people in an education setting.
  • Experience of managing individuals and teams.

 Qualifications Required: -

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • UK Driving Licence (desirable)
  • IT Literate and experience of Microsoft Office
  • Data analysis

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact

Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.

Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.