We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, resourceful and dedicated Family School Support Worker (FSSW) to join the team. The FSSW will focus their work on preventative and early intervention activities. They will work within the school’s context where family needs are below the thresholds that trigger the involvement of specialist services and our partner agencies. Parental influences have a powerful effect upon children’s attitudes, achievements and life outcomes.

We see the role of FSSW to assist in tackling underachievement by working in partnership with families, parents, carers and pupils in a school context to enable pupils, particularly our most disadvantaged, to have full access to educational opportunities and overcome barriers to learning and participation. The FSSW will work directly with parents/carers in a non-judgemental way empowering them and their families to get the most out of the educational opportunities available.

We can offer:

* A friendly and supportive school community

* An inclusive and caring ethos

* Good professional development opportunities

* Being part of Silverwood School’s journey

Person Specification – Essential:

Qualifications: Educated to at least NVQ level 3 with competency in literacy and numeracy

Experience of:

– working in or with schools

– providing various types of family support

– multi-agency working

– developing positive working relationships

– self-managing and independent working


– Knowledge of the parenting needs of children

– Safeguarding and Child protection

– Knowledge of Pupil Premium and the effective monitoring of pupils who are eligible.

– Knowledge of special education needs

Skills and abilities

– Good sense of humour and ability to emotionally detach from difficult situations.

– Non judgemental

– Ability to put firm professional boundaries in place

– Ability to maintain confidentiality.

– Ability to act independently and on own initiative with effective time management.

– Able to work flexibly and respond to changing demands.

– Genuinely care for the well-being of children, parents and families.

– Proactive listening, communication and observation skills with groups and individuals in diverse contexts

– Strong organisational abilities and accurate record keeping skills

– A commitment to involving and empowering parents to support their children’s education

– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

– Desire to continually develop own knowledge and skills base

– Excellent ICT skills


– Full clean driving licence and own transport

– Willingness and availability to work flexibly over the week to include some occasional evenings