Specialist Teacher Adviser for Visual Impairment - Basingstoke and the North East of Hampshire


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Specialist Teacher Adviser for Visual Impairment HCC33560
Salary: Main/Upper Teacher's pay range pro-rata, per annum plus SEN Allowance
Work Location: Basingstoke and the North East of Hampshire
Hours per week: 0.4 FTE
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 28 June 2020
Interview Date: 1, 2 or 3 July 2020, to be held via Microsoft TEAMS
Contact Details for an informal discussion: Sarah Easley, Sensory Impairment Team Leader via e-mail sarah.easley@hants.gov.uk

Are you a Qualified Teacher for the Visually Impaired?

We are looking to increase capacity in the north of Hampshire to meet the needs of pupils with a visual impairment. The Specialist Teacher Advisory Service provides advice and support to children and young people with a visual impairment aged 0 - 25 to promote their communication development, inclusion, empowerment, progress and raising of achievement. The Visual Impairment Team is highly regarded by parents and schools and we are looking for an exceptional QTVI to join our team.

The VI team consists of Qualified Teachers, Qualified Habilitation Specialists and a Specialist Teaching Assistant. The team works with children, their families, early year’s settings, schools (mainstream and special) and college. We are part of the wider Sensory Team including Hearing Impairment and Multi-Sensory Impairment specialists.

The successful applicant will be a Qualified Teacher and will have a mandatory qualification in Visual Impairment, recent experience of working with visually impaired children in a variety of educational settings, particularly mainstream, working knowledge of Unified English Braille and will have the ability to work both in a team and independently.

In addition to being a Qualified Teacher for the Visually Impaired, you will be expected to have extensive classroom experience as well as knowledge of the wider field of special educational needs and preferably hold the SENDCo qualification. You will be committed to inclusion and making a difference to pupil outcomes. You will also appreciate the importance of teamwork within a peripatetic service and be able to show evidence of supporting colleagues.

You will have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of educational legislation, the SEN code of practice and OfSTED inspection frameworks.

This post will involve holding a caseload in the north of the county and you will be responsible for providing advice to families, Early Years settings, schools and colleges. This will include working in partnership with educational settings, supporting and advising both mainstream and special schools, as well as liaising with parents and other agencies.

The Visual Impairment Team is looking for someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, who has the ability to plan and organise their work, be reflective in their practice and who most importantly has a passion for supporting children and young people.

This role will involve a significant amount of travel, for which a mileage allowance is made, and you must be able to fulfil this requirement. Please note, if your application is successful, you will be required to provide a 10-minute presentation at the start of the interview.

Additional Information:
For a full list of the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

Vetting Requirements:
This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such please note, we will take up references prior to interview.

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

To apply please visit: https://careers.newjob.org.uk/HCC/job/Basingstoke-Specialist-Teacher-Adviser-for-Visual-Impairment-HCC33560-HAM/605570401/?locale=en_GB

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