Attendance Leader

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Organisation Type:
Secondary Education
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Full Time
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Salary Description:
Grade: PO1 .33 - .36 £29,323 - £31, 601 pro rata TTO plus 20* days £27,127 - £29
9th Nov 2018
Start Date:
Leeds City Academy
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Role: Attendance Leader

Grade: PO1 .33 - .36 £29,323 - £31, 601 pro rata TTO plus 20* days £27,127 - £29, 234 *

* 20 days to be used to support attendance of Y11 during holiday periods and support with transition events.
Hours: 37 per week

Mon-Thurs 07:30 – 15:30, Fri 07:30 – 15:00

Accountable to: Associate Principal – Behaviour and Safety

We are seeking an outstanding individual to improve attendance rates and reduce student absence. This is a key role within the academy and will give you the opportunity to lead on driving a positive attendance and punctuality culture.

As part of the Academy Pastoral Team the Attendance Leader will:

• Lead on and be accountable for all aspects of attendance across the academy, coordinating the attendance teams and ensuring that a clear and robust action plan exists to both incentivise good attendance whilst also challenging poor attendance through legal and other means.
• Be a role model in attendance procedures, supporting the day to day operations of the attendance team and taking an active part in ensuring that students arrive to school on time, in the correct uniform and ready to learn every day.
• Challenge individual students whose attendance is below the National average, forming strong links with the parents and carers of students with persistent absence.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work with senior leaders to create the annual development plan for attendance within the Academy, ensuring that the strategy in place is sufficiently sophisticated to deliver rapid improvements in attendance.
• Work with the Key Stage Pastoral Leaders to plan a half termly Academy incentive programme for attendance, ensuring that incentives are low cost, high impact, relevant to students and effectively promoted across the Academy.
• Coordinate the daily actions of the attendance team, focusing priority on groups of students with both the highest needs (safeguarding) and the highest chance of success in home visits.
• Quality assure the attendance actions carried out on a daily basis, ensuring that all absent students have had some form of attendance intervention and that all colleagues within the Academy are robustly supporting and delivering on the attendance strategy.
• Support, oversee and track the requirement of all instances of illness to be evidenced with medical information.
• Support, oversee and track the legal process for all parents who are not meeting their legal obligation to send their child to school every day unless they are too ill to do so.
• Develop strong relationships with Leeds City Council to further support the Academy in delivering a strong message about the importance of attendance.
• With the Academy year managers, set up and oversee all attendance clinics at both senior and middle leadership level.
• In conjunction with the relevant Academy year manager, monitor carefully the attendance of students at offsite provisions and take action to improve attendance where necessary.
• Write regular positive news stories for the various social media platforms across the Academy, around attendance success and community engagement.
• Administratively support and coordinate visits to the Academy from both Primary School students and also members of the local community.
• Ensure that all aspects of the Academy website related to attendance and community are kept regularly updated.
• Create and monitor attendance plans with the Community Liaison Officer for families with a history of persistent absence.
• Work with the senior leader responsible for transition to forge strong links with feeder primary schools where students who intend to come to Leeds City Academy and have a history of persistent absence are supported with attendance plans.
• Deliver attendance assemblies to celebrate improvements in attendance.
• Provide attendance data daily, weekly and on request by senior leaders.

Other Duties:
• To carry out morning, break, lunch and after school duties as required by the leadership team.
• To participate in meetings with colleagues and parent’s relative to the post.
• Undertake home visits and attendance pickups using the Academy minibus.
• Carry out any other duties as directed by the Principal

Equal Opportunities:
• To promote equal opportunities in Education in order that all children and families will gain optimum benefit from the service provided
• To promote and ensure that all students and young people are happy, healthy, safe, successful and achieve economic wellbeing

Generic Staff Requirements:
• Uphold the professional standards expected of every member of Academy staff in all dealings with colleagues, students, parents/carers and the wider community
• Adhere to the principles expressed in the aims of the Academy and its mission statement
• Actively contribute to the continued development of the Academy by attending training, participating in relevant meetings, and putting forward ideas for improvement
• Be a positive, collaborative team member
• Apply Academy policies in all aspects of the role
• Keep up to date with all aspects of the safeguarding children policy as it applies to the post

Part of The White Rose Academies Trust - the most rapidly improved family of secondary schools in the region - Leeds City Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of outstanding by 2020.

We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society.

The White Rose Academies Trust is a local trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students.

The Trust employs over 370 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our CPD Programme is focused on Innovation, Leadership Development and delivery of excellence for vulnerable groups. Our Beginner Teacher Programme is amongst the best in the region. We are on a significant journey which will see all of our schools Ofsted rated as outstanding within three years.

As a Trust, we also work very closely with the Outstanding GORSE Academies Trust through our membership of the GORSE SCITT and via accessing the Stephen Longfellow Academy Provision.
We are sponsored by Leeds City College, who provides expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond.

For further information, please visit our website at If you would like to apply, please complete the application form and return to

Closing date: Thursday 22 November 2018 12 noon

Shortlisting date: Friday 23 November 2018

Interview date: Friday 30 November 2018

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