Education Access Coordinator

England, Essex, Chelmsford
13 Apr 2021
11 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type

Education Access Coordinator

Fixed Term, Full Time

Up to £29,172 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing date: 26th April 2021

Please note this is a Fixed Term Contract for 2 years

Essex County Council (ECC) is responsible for ensuring that children and young people at risk of missing out on education are supported in being able to access suitable alternative, high quality education provision.

The role

A flexible individual required to work face to face with schools, families and other key stakeholders to ensure access to education. This role will ensure pupils who are unable to access, or who are at risk of losing a school place as a result of behavioural issues which includes bullying, physical or mental health issues, will still have access to suitable educational provision in line with ECC's vision of increasing educational achievement.

An experienced practitioner required to support Education Access Specialists within the education environment, in which some children are currently unwilling to attend school. This role requires effective skills in working with families to reduce risks by securing the best solution for children and young people.

Duties include:

  • Responsible for individual case management to ensure ECC responsibilities in relation to 'Education other than at School' are properly discharged by commissioning appropriate alternative provision for children.
  • Responsible for collaborating with schools for those who have been placed on a reduced timetable within a school environment or, who may be struggling for reasons of bullying, to ensure alternative options are considered.
  • Responsible for face to face working with families, children and others to identify and secure the best provision for children unable to attend school, ensuring the risks of permanent exclusion from school are mitigated.
  • Work collaboratively with schools, providers and families to ensure adequate support and guidance for children to move forward and achieve the best outcome for them.
  • Responsible for working with families and schools on all bullying cases to consider alternatives if appropriate and gaining agreement from all parties.
  • Responsible for progressing cases, medical referrals, anti-bullying and reduced timetables to ensure next steps and actions are agreed.
  • Provide advice and guidance on policy, procedures and review mechanisms to Headteachers, Governors and parents, relating to exclusions and reintegration.
  • Responsible for monitoring alternative education funded provision to ensure such provision is effective and value for money.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

Skills and knowledge

  • Educated to RQF Leve 3 (A Level) or equivalent by experience.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience of working in the educational field and supporting young people to overcome anti-social behaviours, working within a team.
  • Experience of making decisions and using initiative to ensure positive outcomes for young people.
  • Experience of organising and prioritising own workloads with no supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to engage with and deal with young people often with complex and distressing circumstances.
  • Good knowledge of DfE guidance around exclusions and alternative provision.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email or call us on 0333 013 5888 Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.