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Attendance Officer

Portsmouth City Council Jobs

Reference: 3272-4130

Job details



Job type

Part time, Permanent


Band: 7, Salary: £25,481- £29,577 p.a. pro rata (£16,650 - £19,326 for 28 hours TTO)

Closing date

28/09/2020 5:00 pm

Attendance Officer

Band: 7, Salary: £25,481- £29,577 p.a. pro rata (£16,650 – £19,326 for 28 hours TTO)

28 hours per week, Term Time only (39 weeks)

(4 days a week, 7 hrs a day – Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri (8-4))

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Portsmouth City Council

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 8,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Your New Role

In this role you will assist in the discharge of the Local Authority’s statutory functions relating to school attendance, child employment and entertainment and children missing education. You will be involved in conducting absence reviews with schools, as well as initiating, co-ordinating and chairing Fast Track Panels for prosecution. You will monitor schools to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities as well as providing advice and guidance to schools on legal/statutory process in relation to attendance. You will support the para-legal officers and undertake visits to employers in accordance with Child Employment and Entertainment Regulations. You will conduct enquiries to Children Missing Education referrals and undertake/monitor Elective Home Education visits. You will also develop relationships with schools to ensure attendance is promoted effectively.

What you’ll need to succeed

You will need to demonstrate a high level of competency and accuracy in recording, report writing and other written work, as well as the ability to analyse and use attendance data. You should be able to draft legal documents and offer both challenge and support to schools with regard to all aspects of improving attendance and trading related services. You should be able to offer the same challenge and support to employers / production companies with regard to all aspects of child employment. You should demonstrate the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines as well as an understanding of a wide range of legislation relevant to the post. You should have experience of chairing meetings and formulating plans and be able to work from your own initiative. A driving licence and daily use of a vehicle is required for this post.

What you’ll get in return

As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. Annual leave starts at 26 days going up to 30 days and staff discounts for travel and local shops. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career.

What next

To make sure your application is above the rest and for full job details, please review the “Job Profile” and ‘How to Apply’ to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role and you fully demonstrate how you meet the points on the job profile.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

How to apply


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