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Attendance and Home Liaison Officer

Lancing, West Sussex
Sir Robert Woodard Academy
Term Time
£23,541-£25,991p.a. pro rata
13th September 2021
Start Date
13th September 2021
30th September 2021 11:59 PM
Contract Term
Job ID
Start Date
13th September 2021
  • Contract Type :Permanent
  • Job ID: 1174911

                                              ATTENDANCE AND HOME LIAISON OFFICER

                                                   Permanent /Term Time + all inset days

                     37 hours per week, Monday to Friday; 8am-4pm (3.30pm finish on Fridays)

                                                    (including a daily 30 min unpaid break)

                                                     Actual Starting Salary: £20,158 p.a.

The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, part of the Woodard family of schools, is a thriving 11–18 Academy serving primarily the students of Lancing, Sompting and West Shoreham, though we welcome students from all surrounding areas. We are committed to ensuring that every student is known and nurtured and is provided with teaching and learning experiences that allow them to fulfil their potential.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and professional Attendance and Home Liaison Officer to join us as soon as possible. This is a key school role at the heart of working with our students and their families to develop home/school partnerships, remove barriers to learning and promote positive attitudes towards school and education. It is a demanding yet rewarding role and requires someone with the right knowledge, skills and experience, together with an engaging personality and the confidence and ability to motivate and quickly gain the respect of others.

The successful candidate will:-

● be sensitive, caring and determined to make a difference

● be comfortable working independently using their own initiative or as part of a team;

● have excellent interpersonal skills to both support and challenge families;

● have the confidence and resilience to tackle persistent absenteeism with rigour to

ensure excellent attendance of students across the school;

● have the skills and confidence to develop positive relationships with as well as challenge hard to reach families

● be able to encourage identified students and/or families to enter into a mutually-beneficial partnership with the school, using a range of strategies to address barriers to learning;

● ideally have recent and successful experience of working with hard to reach families

and other agencies;

● be able to build up a body of good practice which can be shared with others;

● possess excellent organisation, administration, communication and IT skills (Arbor would be advantageous);

● have a full and valid UK driving licence with own transport and be prepared to visit families alone to open up channels to discuss support, training and other needs for individual families.

The Academy is a lively, fast-paced, passionate and rewarding place to work. If you want to work with a supportive team of people who love what they do and are prepared to go the extra mile in order to achieve results and you want to work near Brighton, with all its rich cultural opportunities, this may be the place for you.

Sir Robert Woodard Academy staff benefit from the following:-

• employee assistance programme and onsite wellbeing support

• a modern and spacious working environment;

• strong and supportive collegial relationships;

• the opportunity for professional growth and development;

• free use of the Academy’s fitness suite;

• free on site car parking and easy access to local public transport;

• cycle to work scheme.

Quotes from last Ofsted report, Feb 2018:

"Staff morale is high."

"Pupils’ behaviour is good…Pupils come to lessons ready to learn.”

“An atmosphere of mutual trust and respect are strengths of the school.”

A Staff well-being survey commissioned externally in July 2021 for SRWA revealed that these were some of the areas our staff considers are ‘outstanding’:

Staff morale

Job satisfaction


Opportunity for staff to offer ideas

Opportunities for staff professional development

Support from line managers and colleagues

Appreciation of staff achievement/contribution

Induction of new staff

Students' respect for staff/others.

Commitment to safeguarding and equal opportunities

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share in this commitment. All posts will be subject to safeguarding and vetting checks, including references. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a criminal record self-declaration form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check, therefore individuals on the children’s barred list (and adults barred list where relevant) should not apply. There is a six month probation period for all post-holders.

The Academy is also committed to equality of opportunity. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Closing date: 30 September 2021*

*Please note we reserve the right to interview and to close the advert at any time before the deadline date, should an appointment be made. If you are interested then you are advised to apply early.


Safeguarding Statement:

The academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All posts will be subject to satisfactory references and successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Sir Robert Woodard Academy

Part of Woodard Academies Trust

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