Teach Northamptonshire

Job Description

Job Application Pack Keyworker

REQUIRED ASAP / NJC Grade G Points 8 12

FTE Salary: £20,493 £22,183 per annum / Actual Salary: £17,526 £18,972 per annum

Contract: Permanent

As this role is required ASAP, we will close this vacancy when the vacancy has been filled. If you are interested, please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Keyworkers p rovide support that is additional and complimentary to existing College provision. They work with disadvantaged College pupils and their families to help them address barriers to learning, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on underachieving pupils.

REPORTS TO: Behaviour & Attendance Lead
PURPOSE OF POST: The intention is to work within our Inclusion area to bring about sustained change with individual pupils to improve learning, behaviour and attendance.


Keyworkers work with disadvantaged College pupils and their families to help them address barriers to learning, focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on underachieving pupils.

They will:

  • Provide support that is additional and complimentary to existing college provision
  • Monitor and support students in the inclusion area while liaising with school staff to support improvements in behaviour and access to learning
  • Play a key role in College approaches to improve the progress levels of pupils who are disadvantaged.


  • In rotation with colleagues, lead and support the inclusion room including responding to on-call removal requests, liaising with parents, supporting and assisting students in managing social and emotional aspects of learning, developing and delivering proactive intervention strategies and action plans for sustainable improvement.
  • Devise and implement individual learning and mentoring programmes to assist pupils and their families to remove barriers to learning, gain self-confidence and improve their performance, attendance and attitude to learning.
  • Monitor pupil progress to ensure the support is effective and productive. This may include the setting of SMART targets with pupils to encourage their involvement and progress.
  • Develop contact with families/carers of pupils who have identified needs as appropriate to keep them informed of progress and secure positive family support for the pupil and maintain good working relations between home/school. Liaise with the Behaviour and Attendance Lead to ensure positive use of the inclusion area to support pupil progress.
  • Compile records and progress reports for each student as appropriate for the mentoring process and accessible to appropriate members of staff so that the mentoring service is accountable and quantifiable in terms of its effectiveness.
  • Where appropriate arrange and run group sessions for pupils with common needs, e.g., friendship groups, revision sessions, informative sessions on personal hygiene, to support the mentoring process.
  • Work with the Family Support Worker to identify persistent absence and complete daily absence administration.
    • Set up appropriate extra- curricular activities to encourage positive engagement with students.
    • Respond and deal with first aid incidents to students and staff, in accordance with College procedures.


    • Good verbal and written communications skills are required to enable the Keyworker to communicate effectively with a range of people, including children, parents and professional colleagues.
    • The post-holder will need to be able to keep accurate records of contacts and activity in writing.


    • Carry out risk assessments, as necessary.
    • Always promote good practice to students and staff.
    • Understand and comply with college policies and procedures.
    • Be conversant with appropriate legislation and procedures in relation to Child Protection in order that proper duty of care is maintained, all policies and procedures are observed and appropriate follow up conducted.


    • Be flexible in approach to tasks and confidently manage situations in the best interest of students’ wellbeing and achievement.
    • The work of the Keyworker must be founded on very good interpersonal skills and the ability to reach their service users on a level that will engage and motivate them. The approach to individual students may be different but the aims and goals will be the same; to encourage them to recognise their strengths and failings, take responsibility for changing negative patterns of behaviour and to make efforts to achieve positive outcomes to their problems.
    • The post-holder must be confident at presenting to a group and delivering information to children and young people as group sessions may be organised and delivered for small numbers. These may follow a formal structure of revision and follow up sessions or they may be informative.
    • Attend training courses in support of the work of the inclusion area as required.
    • To contribute to the whole College ethos, environment and organisation, both practically and as a positive role model for students and colleagues, and act as an ambassador for the College with a desire to raise standards and attainment.
    • Support all general college activities and undertake any other duties as determined by the Headteacher to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the support staff teams.

      It is the post holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people for whom s/he comes into contact with and adhering to and ensuring compliance with the College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at all times . If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the s/he must record the details and take appropriate action, according to the nature of the concern, to safeguard the young person and inform the relevant staff within school, including the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

      Huxlow Science College is committed to safeguarding & promoting the welfare of children & young people and expects all staff & volunteers to share this commitment. Identity, Prohibition, Qualification, Barred List, Enhanced DBS, Section 128, Overseas, Right to work, Reference, Criminal Record and Medical Checks are essential for all applicable posts at the College.

      POST TITLE: Keyworker
      CRITERIA: Applicants will need to provide evidence of meeting the following criteria
      Criminal Records *
      Enhanced Disclosure and Barring *
      Proof of Identity *
      Medical Questionnaire *
      Satisfactory References *
      GCSE English & Mathematics (Grade A*-C) or equivalent *
      Willing to undertake first aid training and duties *
      Willing to undertake all relevant training as requested including Midas training *
      Relevant Diploma / NVQ qualification in mentoring *
      Full driving license and willingness to undertake home visits ...
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