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Senior Attendance Officer

Watford, Hertfordshire
Future Academies Watford
Full Time
H6 - full range - £20,778 - £22,939
24th August 2021
Start Date
As soon as possible
22nd September 2021 09:00 AM
Contract Term
Job ID
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  • Contract Type :Permanent
  • Job ID: 1170939


To manage the implementation and development of the Academy attendance policy and monitor attendance levels as required. To investigate and follow-up students’ absence from school and promote outstanding attendance. To work as part of the student support team in safeguarding and supporting students particularly those who are vulnerable..

This role requires a dedicated, organised and determined individual who will be responsible for maintaining an effective and accurate attendance system, whilst upholding the Trust’s core principles and values regarding attendance and wider educational approach. Candidates will need to be highly organised, with excellent communication skills, good skills in IT, ability to analyse data and exceptional attention to detail.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

• To develop, implement and manage the Academy attendance policy.

• To oversee attendance records, ensuring that they are accurate and up to date.

• To lead on weekly attendance and AIO meetings.

• To follow up referrals relating to school attendance in accordance with the Academy attendance policy.

• To communicate with parents/carers or local authority as required.

• To liaise with student, parent, carers, schools and other agencies and to devise appropriate strategies to promote and improve school attendance.

• To organise and participate in welfare/home visits.

• To refer non-school attendance cases to the Attendance Improvement Service (AIS) in accordance with the Academy attendance policy.

• To liaise with the appropriate member of the AIS, organising panel meetings, reviews and working in partnership on the day to day issues around Academy attendance.

• To communicate with Heads of Year and playing a lead role in addressing the attendance and truancy of targeted families, maintaining regular contact with parents/carers whose children’s attendance is of concern.

• Contact parents to discuss concerns and coordinate appointments for and carry out attendance meetings.

• To check dual registration students.

• To apply fines for non attendance.

• Apply to outside agencies for SRF.

• Demonstrate a flexible approach to workload and prioritise tasks efficiently. 

• Ensure that work is produced in a timely and efficient manner.

• Produce statistical reports and accurate data daily, weekly, termy and annually.

• Maintain written records of all actions taken in attendance-related meetings with parents.

• To manage the academy late student system including the late detentions.

• To work with the Admissions lead to follow the Academies Off rolling procedure

• To support students that are school anxious or school refusers in order to co-ordinate support to reintergrate them back to education.

• To play a key role in the student support team working to support vulnerable learners and vulnerable families.

Person specification and skills:

• A strong written and verbal communicator with excellent team working skills.

• Motivated and determined to succeed, with a flexible approach to work.

• Able to prioritise workload accurately and efficiently.

• Good level of IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. A working knowledge of SIMs will be an advantage.

• Statistical/mathematic ability to produce accurate data and percentages.

• The ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining a positive attitude, in a demanding and busy environment.

• Well organised and capable of working on your own initiative.

• A keen eye for detail and accuracy.

• Flexible and supportive with the ability to work cohesively as a member of the administrative team.

This role will sits within the school administrative department; the postholder will be line managed by the SLT member with responsibility for attendance and supervised by the Office Manager.

To apply please complete the online application provided on Eteach, alternatively if this vacancy does not appeal to you please browse our current vacancies list on Eteach and Future Academies website.

Safeguarding Statement:

Future Academies Watford is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
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