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    Advisory Teacher, Mental Health Support Team

    Sussex | West Sussex County Council

    Job Details
    Category: Education
    Posted Today

    About Us

    The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) supports the delivery of the Local Authority's wellbeing strategy and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) strategy across educational settings, children, young people, and families throughout West Sussex. The EPS directly oversees the Portage Service and Thought-Full, the Mental Health Support Teams in schools. We are an integrated team so also work alongside colleagues employed by Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT)

    Advisory Teachers are part of Thought-Full, receiving supervisory support from Educational Psychologists. The Thought-Full team provides advice and support to schools and settings, for children and young people who experience mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.

    For more information, please visit both our Thought-Full website our Education, Children and Families page on our West Sussex County Council (WSCC) website.

    About The Job

    Salary: £40,907 - £43,431 per annum - Prorata amount for 18/5 hours per week is £20,453 to £21,715 per annum
    Working Pattern: Part Time - 18.5 Hours per week

    As an Advisory Teacher in Thought-Full, the Mental Health Support Teams in schools, you will be responsible for providing advice to schools and settings relating to children's and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing. You will work with schools to develop their whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing, working with children, young people, and families in addition to working with school staff and colleagues in WSCC.

    You will provide day to day management of assigned teams, leading and managing areas of practice and policy, continual professional development, monitoring of information, and promoting equal opportunities.

    We are looking for an ambassador to enhance the quality of inclusive teaching and learning, who will influence activities, improve services, and ensure Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing is promoted.

    You will need a qualified teacher status, strong personal values, and emotional resilience for this role with knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing.

    If this sounds like the role for you, apply below!

    Experience and Skills

    Key Skills:

    1. Experience of and an interest in supporting pupils who present with emotional wellbeing challenges; for example, those relating to anxiety.
    2. Ability to make sound pragmatic problem-solving decisions which will have a wider service impact. The ability to provide comprehensive professional advice, analyse and make judgements to resolve difficult problems of a technical, professional or people related nature.
    3. Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships and excellent partnership working skills with leaders, managers, practitioners, and other agencies to deliver objectives.
    4. Ability to challenge existing practices and identify innovative solutions to improve learning outcomes for children and young people.
    5. Excellent inclusive practice and teaching skills.
    6. Ability to forward plan, set timescales and meet challenging targets and objectives, taking appropriate action where these are not being met.
    7. Effective evaluation and analytical skills to monitor and review effectiveness of provision, teaching and learning.
    8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (oral and written) with the ability to successfully influence and negotiate effective outcomes, demonstrated through the development and delivery of a range of strategies for practitioners to adopt to improve outcomes.
    9. Sound and accurate IT skills to enhance teaching and learning and effectively monitor service delivery.
    10. Ability to travel countywide.

    Qualifications and/or experience:

    • Educated to degree level with QTS
    • Experience of the Advisory Teacher role in providing consultation, support and challenge to schools and settings
    • Experience in working collaboratively and successfully with colleagues across different service areas

    Rewards and Benefits

    As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance, and are rewarded for the work they do.

    In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:

    • 31 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
    • Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
    • A range of flexible working options
    • Maternity, paternity, dependency, and adoption leave
    • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
    • A range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform
    • Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
    • A range of commuting and business travel discount and initiatives

    For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

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