Achieving for Children (RBWM)
£24,807– £28,247 pa
Achieving for Children, Windsor & Maidenhead
37 hours per week.
23/02/2020 at 23:59 PM
Achieving for Children is an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils in 2014, expanding into the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in 2017. We are responsible for delivering the entirety of children’s services in all three local authorities.
Achieving for Children has been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.
We are looking for an Admissions Officer to join our School Admissions Team in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
We are busy team with the statutory responsibility for ensuring children of statutory school age living within our borough are provided with a school place.
You will need to demonstrate experience in managing a large and diverse workload under pressure with highly refined interpersonal skills. The role requires you to develop and maintain mutually productive relationships with colleagues, partners, agencies and families.
As Admissions Officer –you will be responsible for:
- Assisting the authority in its delivery of the statutory duty to provide a school place for all RBWM children of school age.
- Delivering as part of a team, all aspects of school admissions in line with legislation and guidance, including the preparation of statutory paperwork for school admission appeals.
- To assist the Team Leader for School Admissions and Senior Admissions Officers to ensure delivery of the wider team functions.
Main Responsibilities/Duties of Job:
- Implementing of the authority’s statutory responsibilities with respect to the operation of the authority’s school admissions process as laid down in the relevant legislation and procedures, including local procedures, using relevant computer systems for admissions.
- Managing the processing of In-Year applications (transfer into school outside the phase transfer) for community and voluntary-controlled schools across the borough, including checking documentation, grading, allocating school places and maintaining an accurate record of numbers on roll.
- Assisting with the processing of applications for the phase transfer groups (changing school at a set age), including verifying and grading of applications.
- Liaising with elected members, headteachers, governors, local and central government officials and other officers (both within RBWM and external) as required on matters to do with admissions and related matters.
- Receiving, managing and drafting of replies to incoming correspondence relating to admissions from all parties.
- Assisting with the administration of the Children Missing Education legislation notices, and signposting to the Education Welfare Team as required.
- Assisting with the preparation and collating of statutory paperwork for admissions appeal hearings.
- Liaising with the RBWM Customer Contact Centre to facilitate an effective working relationship.
- Assisting in the production of the statutory publication of booklets, application forms and additional documentation, including information on the authority’s website.
- Assisting with the operation of the authority’s Fair Access Protocol, including attendance at panel meetings where required.
- On occasion, contributing to the authority’s anti-fraud policies by investigating questionable school place applications. This may include visiting home addresses in the company of a colleague, sometimes in unsocial hours, to determine the residency of children.
- Assisting with support for the Child Employment officer role when required, particularly during leave periods.
- Assisting and deputising for the Senior Admissions Officers as necessary.
- Undertaking any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post, as may be required from time to time.
To be an Admissions Officer you will demonstrate the following:
- Experience in managing a large and diverse workload under pressure, including an ability to make and enforce decisions appropriately.
- Experience in communicating orally and in writing, often under pressure, independently and effectively.
- Tact and diplomacy: the ability to deal with sensitive and confidential issues that require a variety of approaches.
- As a number of tasks are directly related to the cycle of the academic year, a proven ability to meet inflexible deadlines.
- Experience in managing oral and written negotiations sensitively, appropriately and successfully.
- Experience in dealing and working with angry, upset and disappointed people firmly, consistently, with dignity and compassion, in person, in writing and on the telephone.
- Experience in working analytically, accurately, with integrity, adaptability and initiative.
- Ability to work under sustained pressure, to manage conflict, and to accept challenge and opposition.
If you would like to find out more about this exciting and varied role, please contact Samantha Scott, Admissions Team Leader or Sian Williams, Senior Admissions Officer on 01628 683870 for an informal discussion.
Achieving for Children have Fixed Start Dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.
Closing date: 23 February 2020
Interviews: w/c 2 March 2020