AP Key Worker – Ref: CH09623

Walsall Council

Alternative Provision (AP) Keyworker – Ref: CH09623

Grade: G6 (15-23) Salary: £27,803 – £32,076 per annum

Contract: Fixed term 12 months, full time – 37.5 hours

Location: Hybrid working. Office working will be from the Civic Centre, Walsall, with travel to Alternative Provisions throughout the Walsall Borough and neighbouring Local Authorities.

Walsall Council is seeking to recruit a skilled and enthusiastic Alternative Provision Keyworker to gain the best possible educational outcomes for pupils in Alternative Provision. Alternative Provision Keyworkers support vulnerable pupils, often with complex needs, during their transitions in and out of Alternative Provision and ensure they access the right support at the right time. It is a fast-paced role so you will need to be able to manage your own caseload independently and as part of the team, quickly adapt to new circumstances and juggle multiple daily tasks. You will need excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as knowledge of the education legislation plus, the ability to reflect on practice and improve as a result.

The Alternative Provision Keyworker role will positively support pupils by:

  • Raising the achievement and aspirations of pupil’s attending Alternative Provision (AP).
  • Identifying suitable AP placements for excluded pupils or pupils at risk of exclusion, within specified timescales with relevant stakeholders.
  • Promoting and supporting positive participation in education.
  • Being a key point of contact for pupil’s and develop a working relationship with a range of external agencies to ensure progression and appropriate support.
  • Being a key point of contact for parents and pupils with AP to support a wide range of pastoral issues and concerns.
  • Being part of the wider safeguarding team for all pupils within AP, with DDSL responsibilities where required.

The ideal candidate for this role must have:

  • Experience of Alternative Provision and working with children and young people.
  • Experience of safeguarding within education settings.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Time management skills with the flexibility to adapt to changing workload demands.
  • A full driving licence and vehicle available for travel across the Walsall Borough and neighbouring LA’s.

For more information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Amy Nash, Post-16 and Alternative Provision Manager via email at alternativeprovision@walsall.gov.uk

View Job Description and Employee Specification

Important note: When completing your online application form, you will be asked to enter supporting information. You must enter a detailed supporting information statement describing how your skills, abilities and experience meet the specific criteria included in the employee specification. If you do not include a supporting information statement, you will not be shortlisted. Please do not add a CV as we do not accept them. Please see our Information for Applicants leaflet for further information.

Closing Date: 23rd January 2024

Walsall Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people. Note: Applicants appointed to posts that require an enhanced DBS clearance must declare any periods of time that they have lived, studied or worked abroad and be prepared to provide an Overseas Criminal Records Certificate (OCRC) or a Statement of Good Conduct (SOGC) relating to anytime they were overseas.

This post is covered by the Government’s Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.

This is an exciting time to join Walsall Children Services as we undergo transformational changes in the ways we work together and raise outcomes for young people. For further reasons to join us, please visit: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/employee-benefits.

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