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Practice Development Lead

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    Unqualified Social Care

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  • Salary:

    Up to £34 per hour

  • Contact:

    Tom Francis

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  • Published:

    15 days ago

  • Duration:

    3 Months

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Akton Resourcing are working with the Local Authorities to fill a 6 month contract for a Practice Development Lead. This position is based in the TAS Team (Team Around the School). Working hours are initially full time, 37 hours per week but part time applicants may be considrered. The client is looking to pay around £34PH but again this may be flexible depending on experience. This is mostly home working but the successful candidate must be willing to visit the office on occasions, increasing more as lockdown eases.

The Role-

  • Reporting to the Director of Education and Skill, the role is for 6 months to bring senior capacity to the Education and Skills Directorate to review current practice; working with all key stakeholders within LCC, schools and other agencies to develop recommendations for a future model of working. Overview:
  • Given the current vacant HoS role (11 to 25) and the limited senior management capacity available, and pressures across Early Help Services, additional senior capacity is required to lead a strategic review of the future model for TAS (Team around the School).
  • The TAS is the agreed model to support schools and early years providers to address recurrent issues that cannot be resolved without partnership support. The TAS designated lead officer will work with The Head of Service for School Improvement, the Head of Children and Family Well Being and The Head of Inclusion within the Education and Skills services to implement the model with schools and early years settings on a locality needs led basis. In practice, this means using the county wide data to interpret how this data 'plays out' in the diverse communities across Lancashire.
  • The role will support a cultural shift in practice from 'doing to' schools to working 'with' schools so that the issues contributing to poor outcomes are understood at a locality level.
  • The approach is preventative and one that supports the principles of 'early help'. In this way, the connectivity with Children's Social Care is key. By successfully implementing the TAS approach, schools will be supported to identify need earlier and support children, young people and their families to access support from the relevant service/partner organisation so that needs do not escalate.
  • The role will require an understanding of 'early help' and also the wider determinants that impact on educational outcomes. This is a high profile opportunity to lead on an innovative new model

Outcomes expected:

  • To have developed the TAS model and interface between schools and partners
  • To have built capacity, resilience and confidence with schools to enable them access support from across a range of key partners
  • To have worked with key stakeholders across LCC to determine the future 'offer' to be available and potential models for delivery
  • To recommend potential future strategic options between LCC services and interface with key agencies

Qualifications and experience:

  • Degree level qualification in Education, Early Help or Social Care
  • Senior management experience in leading matrix and complex teams across multiple agencies
  • Development of strategies including recommendations with multiple agencies and associated partnership skills