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Virtual School PEP Technician

Suffolk County Council
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  • £20,903 pa
  • 37 hours per week (part time and job sharing will be considered)
  • Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Virtual School as a Personal Education Plan (PEP) Technician, working from Endeavour House, Ipswich. 

Would you like to work in a team that improves the educational experiences of children in care?

Are you passionate about making a difference to our incredible care experienced children and young people?

Do you have experience in a technical role that has supported the efficiency and efficacy of a team?

Your role 

  • You will provide technical support to the Virtual School Head and the Virtual School Team
  • You will be provided with a comprehensive induction programme which supports you and enables you to thrive in a supportive and effective team.

If you have good communication and organisational skills and want to make a difference to the lives of care experienced children, you should apply

Your responsibilities  

The role will complement a small team supporting the Virtual School Head in their statutory duties. As part of this you will have responsibility for overseeing the quality of Personal Education Plans for Children in Care. You will need to have regular communication with professionals in school and social care in relation to the education of Children in Care. Another aspect of your responsibilities will be the creation of regular reports and analysis of data to drive forward educational improvement for Suffolk's Children in Care.

There will be oversight and liaison with Business Support and Financial Services to distribute additional funding to schools and academies as necessary and from time to time the position will involve duties outside of core responsibilities. e.g. supporting preparations for an annual conference.

You will need: 

  • the ability to communicate information effectively with colleagues across key professions who work with young people
  • the ability to keep accurate and timely records and to identify and flag up problems when working with information and escalate appropriately
  • an understanding of how to work with confidential and sensitive information
  • an ability to learn new IT or web-based packages and systems.

The team 

The Virtual School Team strives to minimise the learning gap between care experienced children and their peers. This is achieved through working with a wide range of partners. We support schools to understand and address the issues that care experienced children face, helping to enable our children to thrive at school as well as working with partners in social care to remove barriers to learning and progress. We are a well-respected team within the organisation, having earnt a reputation for being effective in our work. Effective and robust monitoring is essential to ensure that no child is left behind. There is a highly supportive culture in the team with every member of the Virtual School dedicated and driven by the work.

What we will offer you  

As a member of Suffolk County Council and the Virtual School you will be given a supportive induction programme as well as ongoing opportunities to develop your skills.  You will work in a highly professional environment with knowledgeable colleagues. We have a history of enabling professionals to develop their career pathways leading to progression and promotion.

Travelling requirements for your role 

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but on occasions, there may be a requirement for you to travel using reasonable and suitable means available to you and agreed by the authority. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Matthew Cooke on (01473) 260729.

For more information and to apply for this role, please follow this link.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home.  If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert. 

This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. 


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