Primary Schools Worker

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Wigan
Fixed Term Part Time
£23 - 25K pro rata - 42 weeks

Purpose of the role:

The aim of this post is to build up the relationship between Wigan Deanery South Hub and its four Church of England Schools. Our vision is to see greater engagement between church and school communities. This role is primarily focused on building up the interactive relationships between church members and schools, with the wider aim of giving children and families the opportunity to flourish in the Christian faith.

  • Holidays to be taken outside of term-time only.
  • 42 weeks work per year. Salary will be pro-rated to reflect this.
  • Interviews to take place 8th March 2019.

For an informal chat for further information, please contact jeremy@holmacre.plus.com

Priority of Purpose:

The prioritisation and development of the following tasks will be worked out with Hub Leadership:

1. Intentionally building lay teams to maximise the church/school connections

Direct engagement with pupils in school, for example:

  • Development of ethos/faith groups
  • Y6/7 Transition
  • Listening to readers, art projects, sports activities

Collective Worship

  • Collective worship in school
  • Collective worship in church
  • Pupil-led worship
  • Year 6 Leavers’ service
  • Confirmation preparation

​​Religious education

  • Assist staff with the delivery of RE lessons
  • Assist staff in planning of RE curriculum​

Pastoral

Provide responsive pastoral support to pupils and families (inc. school gate).

2. Undertaking active roles in schools on behalf of the South Hub

Pastoral

  • Support for headteacher and other staff

Relational

  • Be the named person, the first point of contact for the schools
  • Attend new intake meetings
  • Be the local contact for the Diocese relating to the four schools

School Governing Bodies

  • If requested, to attend governing body meetings to support the church/school partnerships

3. Co-ordinating South Hub’s clergy and lay activities with the schools

4. Encourage the establishment and growth of Worship Communities within schools.

  • The post-holder will work with Local Missional Leaders and the Schools Development Minister.

The main responsibilities will involve:

  • intentionally building lay teams to maximise the church/school connections
  • undertaking active roles in schools on behalf of the South Hub churches
  • co-ordinating all hub input in relation to the schools, including clergy and lay

Accountability:

The Primary Schools Worker is responsible to the South Hub Leader. Electronic diary sharing will be an essential element of the accountability relationship.

The post-holder will work closely and collaboratively with the Hub Leader, the Associate Hub Leader, Local Missional Leaders and the Heads of each school. In addition attendance at some South Hub Leadership Team meetings will be necessary to keep the team up to date with work progress and any issues arising.

Essential Requirements

A minimum of three years working with children/ families (a/i)

Experience of working in schools (a/i)

Working or volunteering in a parish/ school context (a/i)

Ability to creatively support/resource/lead activities in school (a/i)

A practising Christian (a/i)

Creative and a motivated self-starter (a/i)

A good and effective communicator (a/i)

Good written and verbal communication skills (a/i)

Able to build and maintain partnership arrangements with others (a/i)

A working understanding of child safeguarding principles and practice (a/i)

Someone at ease with the diversity of the Church of England (a/i)

Ability to work as part of a team (a/i)

Able to form, lead and empower new teams (a/i)

To work with a high degree of flexibility, including evening and week-ends generally within a school context (a/i)

Desirable Requirements

Degree or equivalent (a)

Other relevant qualifications (a)

Experience of leading inter-generational worship activities (a/i)

A knowledge of and sensitivity to those of other faiths and beliefs (a/i)

The Deanery is engaged in a 7-year strategic development project of the Church of England called ‘Transforming Wigan’ with the key objective of turning around the mission and financial strength of the Deanery of Wigan. The Deanery Vision, adopted in 2015, is to enable one in ten people in Wigan to be on the journey of discipleship with Jesus by 2022. The mission strategy is to make and grow disciples of Jesus in many Worship Communities led and nurtured in seven Parish-hubs together forming one Church Wigan.

The South Parish-hub covers the historic parishes of St Thomas’, Ashton in Makerfield; St Peter’s, Bryn; Holy Trinity, Downall Green; and St Aidan’s, Billinge. Each parish has a Church of England foundation school.