Headteacher of the Virtual School for Looked After Children OCC715, Oxfordshire

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Oxfordshire County CouncilOxfordshire
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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Soulbury Scale 23 to 26 - £59,744 to £62,914 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Work location: This post operates County wide, the office base is flexible, but likely to be at County Hall

Hours per week: 37
Contract Type: Permanent

We are seeking to appoint a committed and dedicated professional to the high profile role of Head of the Virtual School for Looked After Children in Oxfordshire. You will be responsible for leading and managing the Virtual School. Your role will be to ensure that all our Looked after Children and Care Leavers have access to high quality education provision which supports and challenges them to attain the best possible outcomes; raising levels of achievement through effective monitoring, support and challenge to education providers and appropriate educational placements.

You will need to be a qualified teacher, with a strong track record of:

Working within a Virtual School or a closely related role or experience as a successful senior leader within an educational setting


Experience as a local authority officer with extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and young people

Job Purpose:

  • Headteacher of the Virtual School for Looked after Children (VSLAC) and care leavers.
  • Be aspirational for the educational attainment, outcomes and experiences for all LAC and care leavers, whether placed in or out of Oxfordshire, thus contributing to their positive learning outcomes and destinations.
  • Lead on developing strategies for the improvement of educational outcomes for LAC and care leavers.
  • Drive the development of policy, procedures and provision for Looked After Children and care leavers.
  • Work closely with other service managers to ensure consistency, continuity, efficiency and quality of service delivery for LAC and care leavers.

Role Responsibilities:

  • The Virtual School for Looked After Children, including the Deputy Headteacher of the Virtual School, primary and secondary Looked After Children (LAC)Lead teachers, Post 16 Lead, Performance Manager and Intervention Manager, learning mentors, associate team and Employment, Education and Training (EET) co-ordinators.
  • Budget responsibilities: approximately £1.5m
  • Undertake the statutory function of the virtual Headteacher for LAC.
  • Be mindful at all times that the safety of children and young people is paramount and take immediate appropriate action in line with Safeguarding procedures when necessary.
  • Ensure the views of children and young people are fully considered in decision making and developments relating to service provision.
  • Provide detailed reports and analysis to Members, the Leadership team, Corporate Parenting Board, managers and others as appropriate.
  • Contribute to plans for intervention in any mainstream or special school that is causing concern in relation to LAC.
  • Support schools and in particular the Designated Teachers and Governors for LAC through regular contacts, meetings and conferences.
  • Manage the budget for the Virtual School and the Pupil Premium Plus grant.
  • Attend meetings representing the Virtual School and Oxfordshire County Council advocating for high quality education of children in care or care leavers.
  • Liaise with other departments and services, supporting them with the analysis of data relating to LAC to ensure interventions are informed and focused on improving outcomes.
  • Ensure that effective systems are in place to support a successful transition to adulthood through engagement with appropriate staff and partners.
  • Support the local authority in the preparation for inspections.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant education law and your own professional knowledge about LAC and care leavers through networking with appropriate regional and national bodies.
  • Demonstrate commitment to working within equal opportunities and children’s’ rights framework.
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties as may be required from time to time commensurate with grade and responsibilities.

Role Requirements:

Essential Qualifications:

  • Qualified teacher status

Desirable Qualifications:

  • NPQH or post graduate qualification

Essential technical skills:

  • ICT

Desirable technical skills:

  • Data systems

Essential knowledge:

  • Learning and achievement across school phases
  • Relevant legislation

Essential experience:

  • Teaching within any phase
  • Management responsibility

Vetting Requirements:

  • This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check

Contact details for an informal discussion:

If you would like to find out more about this role, please contact Janet Johnson, Strategic Lead for Vulnerable Learners, 07881 624952 or janet.johnson@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships.

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

Job Segment: Part Time

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Closing Date: 21 March 2018
Interview Date: Week commencing 26 March 2018

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