Job Opportunities

Designated Safeguarding Lead (Non-teaching)

We are looking for an enthusiastic Designated Safeguarding Lead with excellent leadership skills to play a leading role in the work of the pastoral and safeguarding support teams at the College. Working with the wider safeguarding team, one of the key purposes of the role is to provide cross-College management for all child protection, safeguarding and Prevent related issues.  The successful candidate will be a strong team player and be committed to promoting a whole College approach to safeguarding young people and their wellbeing in order to support them in achieving their outcomes. The ideal candidate will have experience of working in a Designated Safeguarding Lead role, however, for the right candidate where they have not yet acted as the Designated Safeguarding Lead, appropriate support and training will be provided.

Worcester Sixth Form College has over 1500 full-time 16-19 students and an excellent reputation for its results and extra-curricular provision. Rated Ofsted good in 2016; the College had the highest achievement rate of any sixth form college (4th highest nationally) in the last set of external results in 2019. The College is part of the Heart of Mercia Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), formed on 1 April 2019 and delivers post 16 education in Hereford, Stourbridge and Worcester. The MAT has an annual budget of £28m and serves the needs of 5,500 students across the region. 

This exciting position will dynamically manage staff pastoral and safeguarding caseloads, provide advisory and information services to students and manage staff training in a proactive way.  The role is key in allowing us to support students’ safety and wellbeing whilst also providing students with the tools and knowledge to continuously seek to improve their safety, health and well-being and positively impacting on their retention at College to achieve academic success.  Key to this role will be working with the pastoral and student services support teams, other College staff and external partner agencies.

The successful applicant must possess the knowledge, energy, resilience and enthusiasm for such a pivotal role and have experience of managing pastoral and welfare related services, working with a range of client groups and a solutions-focussed approach.  A track record of working within a child protection/safeguarding context, knowledge of safeguarding record keeping systems and liaison with multi-agencies to help safeguard young people and enable them to succeed at college is essential. You will have experience of working with young people, successfully contributing to the success of a team and working with multiple agencies.

Please note, the deadline for applications is noon on Monday, 13th June, and interviews will take place on Monday, 20th June 2022.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by phone and/or email.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Mentor

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health & wellbeing mentor, to join our pastoral team and provide support to students. You will provide interventions to individual students for whom this would be beneficial to their wellbeing, attendance at the College and success in their studies. You will also provide regular focused group work. You will liaise with the Senior Lead for Wellbeing, the College counselling service and the pastoral team to ensure student access to appropriate internal and external sources of support. You will contribute to cross college campaigns and events to inform students of key messages relating to mental health and wellbeing, and the planning of relevant tutorial activities.

The successful applicant will be educated to Level 3 and will have some mental health/wellbeing training and experience. You will demonstrate effective interpersonal, organisational and administrative skills and have experience of offering mental health & wellbeing interventions. You will have experience of working with individuals from different cultures, disabilities, sexual orientations and ages, preferably within a further/higher education setting.

You will be well supported in this role by the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Please note, the role is part-time, term-time only for 25-30 hours per week (hours to be negotiated during interview).  However, as this is a new role, full-time hours would also be considered, and again could be discussed during interview and/or reviewed during the first year.   

Please note, the deadline for applications is noon on Monday, 13th June, and interviews are due to take place week commencing 20th June 2022.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by phone and/or email.

Pastoral Tutor (Full-time, term-time plus two weeks)

The College is seeking a permanent Pastoral Tutor from 30th August 2022 to work full time (37 hours per week), term-time (38 weeks) plus two weeks equivalent (74 hours) outside of normal term time hours.   Relevant training will be provided.

 

Job Purpose

Working as a member of the Tutorial team the successful candidate will be a Pastoral Tutor to groups of students, ensuring that they have excellent attendance and academic progress, supporting their social and personal development and performing a number of administrative duties.

 

Pastoral Tutors are responsible for both administrative and pastoral matters relating to the students in their group. They also exercise a degree of supervision over the academic progress of students.  The effectiveness of the tutorial system depends to a great extent upon the quality of the relationship between student and tutor and between tutor and tutor group. 

 

The Tutorial System

The College places considerable emphasis on the quality of its Tutorial Programme as a means of communication, and the support and wider personal and academic development of its students. Tutors meet once a week with their tutor group for registration, attendance monitoring and delivery of the activities related to the programme. In addition, they have a weekly time allocation to be used flexibly to meet with their tutees on a more individual basis. This time may also be used to meet with parents, teachers, or to complete administrative duties as appropriate.

The pastoral system is managed by the three Heads of Year.  Each Head of Year works closely with a small team of Pastoral Tutors to offer their team the help, support and guidance they require.

Working time

The hours will be worked in allocations of 3 hours per tutor group, each group consisting of approximately 22 students.  A full time Tutor would be responsible for 12 tutor groups.    

The successful candidate would be expected to attend parents’ evenings, tutorial team meetings, course confirmation days and relevant training days.  Where these take place outside of, and in addition to contracted term time working hours, they would be taken from the ‘plus two weeks’ hours or as agreed lieu time or, where this was not possible, paid as additional hours.   They would also be expected to spend some time contacting or meeting with parents after the end of the College day where this proves the best method of contact.  This would also normally be taken as lieu time.  

Please note, the deadline for applications is noon on Monday, 6th June, and interviews are due to take place during week commencing 13th June 2022.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified by phone and/or email.

About Our College

At Worcester Sixth Form College, we are specialists in the education of 16-19 year olds and our staff are experts in meeting the needs of this age group. Every year we admit 800 or so students from the whole county of Worcestershire and from surrounding areas. This enables us to offer an exceptionally wide range of courses and flexible programmes in which any course can be combined with virtually any other course. Our students are highly successful, not just academically, but in many other kinds of endeavour, including sports, performing arts, music, Duke of Edinburgh, charity fund raising and a wide variety of other extra-curricular areas.

 

We, as a College, are committed to providing the very best support to all of our students so that they can reach their full potential. Every student is in a tutor group supported by a specialist personal tutor. We also have huge expertise in providing careers and higher education guidance tailored to individuals’ needs. This means students’ progression after College is as smooth as possible. The percentage of our students applying to UCAS who are successful in obtaining university places is very significantly above the national average.  Our learning support provision has an excellent reputation as we are fully qualified to support students with a broad range of learning needs to ensure that they are successful.

 

As a 16-19 Academy, we offer a very special environment with the right balance of support and challenge to enable students to thrive and to prepare for their transition to life after College, whether that be employment or further study.

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Equality

We are proud to be an inclusive organisation where individual differences are accepted and valued and where everyone is able to fulfil their potential in a welcoming, safe and non threatening environment. Worcester Sixth Form College is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion for students, employers, community groups, staff, governors, members of the public and for others who come into contact with the College.

Why Join Us?

The staff at Worcester Sixth Form College are able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Staff development: Staff are encouraged to further their own development with fully or partially funded CPD.
  • Teachers’ Pension/Local Government Pension Schemes: With significant contributions from the College for all staff who are members.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): A free and confidential information, support and counselling service for all staff.
  • Eye care vouchers: Reimbursement of eye care costs and contribution to corrective lenses available for DSE users.
  • Free parking on-site.
  • Cycle to Work with Cyclescheme: Save money on a new bike and spread the cost.
  • Badminton, Pilates and Football sessions each week: All staff are welcome to take part in any of these activities (small charge for Pilates).
  • Complimentary Costa Coffee at the end of every half-term.
  • Fruity Friday: Free piece of fresh fruit for all staff every Friday.
  • Indian Head Massage (once a month).
  • Learning Resources Centre: Staff have full use of the Learning Resources Centre and are able to borrow up to 12 resources (books, DVDs, audio CDs) at one time.
  • Membership to CSSC offering sports, leisure, health and retail opportunities www.cssc.co.uk/member- benefits.
  • Silver Membership to Malvern Theatre: Free theatre and cinema tickets, discounted tickets and priority booking available amongst other benefits.
  • Thursday Morning Breakfast Club: Start your working day with a light breakfast (provided by College) and chat with colleagues.