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Family Liaison Officer

Bexleyheath AcademyBexley

£25,137 - £26,520 FTE per annum

Full time, Fixed Term for one year initially

37.5 hours per week, 38 weeks per year

Immediate start date

Inspire their remarkable with us

Bexleyheath Academy is a large non-selective comprehensive school situated in the heartland of Kent grammar schools. We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. This is what motivates the team at Bexleyheath Academy. If you have an appetite for innovation; if you want to make a difference; if you want to make a lasting impact; then there are incredible opportunities for you at Bexleyheath Academy.

In September 2021, Ofsted  judged Bexleyheath Academy as a Good School in every category, after the school was previously judged inadequate in November 2018. Bexleyheath Academy is a transformed school, and we’re looking for Remarkable People to join our team. Working alongside the Principal and the team at Bexleyheath Academy, you’ll work with determination to ensure that every student has a great experience, every day.

We are now hiring a full time Family Liaison Officer on a fixed term basis (for one year initially) to join us in September. This is an exciting but challenging role and would be ideal for someone who's worked within a secondary setting in a similar role previously. Within this role, you will make a strong contribution to children’s learning and achievement and provide important support to enable parents to take responsibility for their children’s education and welfare.

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Provide support, guidance, and practical help to parents to help them overcome barriers to learning and to promote a positive attitude towards education. Signpost families to and liaise with external agencies e.g. Financial support
  • Encourage parental involvement in the school and its activities.
  • Participate in support plans for families and students.
  • Keep detailed records of contact with children/families and set up and maintain case files.
  • Provide written reports and assessments.
  • Liaise appropriately with other professionals including attendance at multi-agency meetings when required.
  • Support children and families with regard to personal difficulties and signpost as appropriate.
  • Promote equality for all individuals, recognise and encourage anti-discriminatory behaviour, respecting confidentiality (unless there are child protection implications), recognizing clients’ rights and choice, and respecting personal beliefs and identity.

In the most recent inspection, pupils said that “the school had changed completely” and “how much better it is now because of the changes made by the Principal and his senior team. Pupils are proud of their school.” 

  • “Pupils say that school leaders are much more serious about learning now. Adults set them consistently high expectations. There are established routines in classes which help pupils enjoy learning and make progress. Lessons are hardly ever disrupted.” 
  • “Pupils enjoy coming to school and attend well”, they “actively demonstrate the school value ‘be big-hearted”. 
  • “Pupils are polite, friendly, and considerate. They actively demonstrate the school value ‘be big-hearted’. They help build the positive atmosphere in classes and around the school. Pupils who have arrived from other schools settle well, and say it is easy to make friends here.” 
  • Parents and carers praise the changes leaders have made 
  • The way in which pupils work in school has been “transformed”

Ofsted report (September 2021): 

  • An ambitious and broad Curriculum 
  • Pupils who make strong progress in their subjects, particularly English and mathematics 
  • Staff that are well trained 
  • A strong assessment system 
  • Successful support for weaker readers 
  • A wide range of opportunities for pupils’ personal development. 
  • A high quality careers programme 
  • Governors who know the school well and give leaders strong support 
  • Praise from Parents and carers 
  • Leaders who always put the needs of the child first.

We passionately believe that every child can discover their own remarkable life. It’s what motivates us around here. We know this vision requires something extra. Which is why at AET, you’ll find more. More opportunities, so you can forge your own path. More care and support, so you can prioritise what matters most. More purpose, for you and for the children we’re inspiring.

We offer:   

  • More opportunity to grow your career - We’ll support you in developing your career and experience at this school or another AET school.    
  • More tailored support - We understand every academy is unique. We’ll give you tailored support and flexibility, allowing you to do what’s best for your children.    
  • More chance to see what’s out there - We create opportunities for teachers to visit other AET academies and learn from outside experience.    
  • More like minded colleagues, so you can benefit from others’ experience - You’re connected to our network of 58 academies and thousands of education professionals.    
  • More technology so you can make more impact - G Suite for Education embedded throughout. Collaborative cloud technology gives you access to the latest tools, when and where it suits you. More tech enabled classrooms mean less time spent on admin and more time teaching.   

Closing date 27th September 2021

Applications will be considered upon receipt (early applications are encouraged) and interviews will take place as soon as possible.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.  All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with our safeguarding practices we are unable to accept CV’s.  Come inspire their remarkable with us, apply today.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts. This post will be subject to enhanced checks as part of our Prevent Duty.

Academies Enterprise Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.  Job share, part time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.

We are a Disability Confident Employer and there is a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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AET is recruiting for School Direct placements.  Please visit our website for further details.

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