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Virtual School Education Advisor

About the role

This advert is for an Education Advisor who will work within our Achievement Through Access and Inclusion team. The successful candidate will have a strong understanding of the barriers which may be faced by care-experienced children and young people and the impact of these on educational outcomes. They will contribute to the work of the advisory team in responding to referrals at an individual child level and will also drive preventative work in response to trends and patterns.

For more information or to chat about this opportunity please contact:

Ross Bilimoria-Mears – Assistant Head Teacher 


Shortlisting will take place on Thursday 27th June. 

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 3rd July 

What will you be doing?

You will support a caseload of children and young people who may need additional support around attendance, inclusion or access to education. 

You will provide support and challenge for the wider professional network and implement a solution focussed approach for individual children through a trauma-informed lens.

You will promote culture, policy and practice within settings, schools and providers which adheres to statutory admissions, exclusion and attendance guidance and minimises risk for children in care.

You will work in partnership with key stakeholders, including social care and SEND, within and beyond the LA.


About you

You will have up to date knowledge of the education system, recent experience of working in a school or virtual school, and a strong understanding of the barriers faced by children in care and will offer support and challenge to ensure that educational outcomes are maximised.

You will be familiar with SEND, exclusions, attendance and admissions statutory guidance.

You will be responsible for building relationships and providing support and challenge for key partners including senior leaders in schools to promote inclusion. Specifically, you will work to address concerns around attendance, exclusion and engagement.

You will be confident at communicating effectively, efficient, organised and be able to work using your own initiative within a wider team.

You must be able to drive and may be expected to travel outside of Cambridgeshire.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network.
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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