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Advisory Teacher - Wandsworth Virtual School

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Have you got what it takes to enable looked after children and care leavers to achieve academic success and progress?

Does the sound of joining a dynamic service promoting education outcomes appeal to you?

Would you like to support young people to build bright and stable futures for themselves?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

Our Wandsworth Virtual School is looking to recruit two Advisory Teachers (one on a permanent basis and another on a 12 month fixed term contract) to help play a central role in supporting the educational outcomes for looked after children and care leavers aged 3-25 years!

About the role

Your role will be to enable a ‘class’ of looked after children up to 18 years old to achieve the very best educational outcomes and high aspirations.  This includes supporting the wider network with meeting their statutory responsibilities to ensure that education is prioritised in all care planning.

About you

We are looking to appoint a dynamic teacher who has extensive experience of working in a Virtual School.  You will need to have proven experience of raising attainment for vulnerable pupils, including those with special educational needs and English as a second language.

The successful candidate will have responsibility to ensure that every learner in their ‘class’ has an up to date, robust and effective Personal Education Plan that targets learning, and progress completed each term.

You will also be able to navigate the multi-professional network to ensure barriers to learning and progress are overcome.  As a teacher, it will be your responsibility to monitor and track pupil progress and to recommend interventions to enable pupils and students to achieve and succeed.  Part of the role it to be able to support and equip the network with skills and experience they need to support our learners, and this will include training to social worker, schools and foster carers.

As looked after children are placed throughout the UK, the role will include travelling to meetings at schools outside London.  The role will also include leading and co-facilitating enrichment opportunities that take place after school and occasionally during school holidays and weekends.


The Shared Staffing Arrangement aims to be at the forefront of innovation in local government and the organisation will invest in your development and ensure the opportunities for progression that only a large organisation can provide

In return, we can offer you a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Friday 3rd July 2020
  • Interview Date: Week commencing 6th July 2020

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change. The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Equality Statement

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply?

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must address the requirements listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Nova Levine by email nova.levine@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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