Deputy Manager (Visual Impairment Resource)

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POST: Deputy Manager of Resourced Provision for Pupils with Vision Impairment

RESPONSIBLE TO: Manager of Resource for pupils with vision impairment

SALARY: MPS/UPS plus lowest SEN point that will increase to a higher SEN point once qualified

HOURS: 1.0 FTE (0.5 training per week TBC)


CLOSING DATE: 30th April

INTERVIEW DATE: W/C 17th May 2021

START DATE : September 2021

We are offering a unique opportunity to be part of the Hampshire secondary resource provision for Pupils with a Visual Impairment. The successful candidate would be expected to complete a two year Post Graduate Diploma, including learning Unified English Braille, which would lead to becoming a Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment (QTVI). The university fees are fully funded by Toynbee School, and 0.5 days study will be allocated each week. You would be expected to pay back the university fees if you did not complete the training or left the position within 2 years of qualifying.

You will be committed to inclusion and making a difference to pupil outcomes. You will appreciate the importance of teamwork within the school setting. You will also be expected to contribute to the wider context of the school and its aims and values.

If you have the skills, enthusiasm and commitment to work with young people with a visual impairment, we would like to hear from you.

Gail Taylor, Manager of Resource Provision for pupils with Visual impairment.

Job Purpose
To work as a Deputy Manager within a specialist resource as part of a team providing specialist provision within a secondary 11-16 setting. To promote the understanding of needs, inclusion and the raising of achievement of young people with a visual impairment who have an Education and Health Care Plan with Visual Impairment as the primary need.

Essential Qualifications
Fully qualified teacher status (QTS)
Degree or equivalent

Desirable Qualifications
Any qualifications related to Special Educational Needs

Desirable Skills, Experience and Personal Attributes
• Secondary teacher with 3 – 5 years teaching experience
• Experience of line managing Learning Support Assistants
• Passionate about improving outcomes for pupils with SEND
• Enthusiastic, positive and committed to equality of opportunity
• Recent and successful work with children / young people with additional needs
• Experience of managing additional support for pupils with SEND
• Able to demonstrate high quality inclusive teaching
• Experience of modifying or adapting the curriculum to meet the needs of individual learners
• Knowledge of Special Educational Needs including Education, Health and Care Plans
• Knowledge and understanding of educational legislation, the SEN code of practice and OFSTED inspection frameworks.
• Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, other professionals and families
• Evidence of continued professional development and a willingness to seek further training opportunities
• Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work as directed by the manager of the resource independently and as well as flexibly within a team
• Ability to present information and communicate effectively with parents and professionals
• High quality interpersonal and reflective skills
• High level IT skills and good time management skills
• Self motivated and committed to completing the mandatory qualification for teachers of the visually impaired, including the learning of Braille
• Able to meet the travel requirements of the role

• Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from the Headteacher or Manager of Resources at the school to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job summary
• Experience of teaching children or young people with a visual impairment
• Experience of working across key stages or educational settings

Job Description
You will be working towards becoming a Deputy QTVI and mentored by the Manager of the Resource Provision for pupils with visual impairment.

The Deputy Manager of Resourced Provision for Visual Impairment will be responsible to the Manager of the Resource Provision for pupils with visual impairment, and the Headteacher of Toynbee School.

The teacher of pupils with a visual impairment is required to:
• Be and active member of a strong team working towards the integration and welfare of pupils with a visual impairment
• Take responsibility to facilitate all external examinations
• Take responsibility for some pupils PIPS and ECHP reviews
• To assist the Manager of the Resource in day to day management
• Contribute to the provision of on-going in-service training
• Contribute to policies, development and procedures in the Resource Provision
• Liaise with subject teachers to identify pupil’s needs and how they can be met
• To play an active role in promoting after school clubs for pupils with a visual impairment
• Liaise with other agencies under the direction of the Manager of the Resource Provision
• Establish and maintain ongoing contact with parents
• Liaise closely with the Manager of the Resource Provision to ensure specialised tuition and services meet the needs of the pupils who are visually impaired
• Provide instruction in the use of specialised equipment
• Support pupil’s needs during lessons
• Assist the Manager of the Resource Provision in carrying out visits to future pupil’s primary schools and set up induction programmes for pupil’s successful integration into Toynbee School
• Carry out any other reasonable duties responsibilities at the discretion of the Manager of the Resource Provision for pupils with visual impairment
• Teach a subject load
• Other duties as directed by the Headteacher
March 2021

The Toynbee School
a Specialist Humanities School

Welcome to Toynbee. We are a successful Hampshire County Council Community comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 16 situated in Chandlers Ford, a pleasant residential area on the outskirts of Eastleigh. Our position close to the M27 and M3 enables easy access to Romsey, Southampton and Winchester. We have at present approximately 800 pupils on roll. Toynbee enjoys an excellent reputation amongst parents and the local community. In the Autumn Term 2010 the school redesignated as a Specialist Humanities School.

A Theatre, two Sports Halls, state of the art Synthetic Pitch and Dance Studio are adjacent to the Music facilities. There are eight laboratories and buildings devoted to Technology and Art. Improvements in the Technology areas have been made and suites of Information and Communication Technology developed. There is a strong Learning Support department and the school has a designated Resource Centre for pupils from Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton who have a Visual Impairment. All departments have their own area in the school and almost all staff have their own teaching space. The school has an excellent Learning Resource Centre which has just been refurbished. We are an ‘Investors in People’ school and have held this award for the past 10 years.

The school has a strong reputation for extra-curricular activities and the staff are encouraged to take part. We are keen to develop able and talented pupils through our special scheme. As well as a wide range of clubs, sporting, artistic and musical activities we run exchange visits to France and Spain.

The Toynbee ethos combines the achievement of ‘Personal Best’ with genuine concern for academic results. The school is organised on a year system with Progress Directors, Guidance Managers and Tutors taking their pupils through the five years spent at Toynbee. Year groups occupy an area of the school and Tutors tend therefore to be drawn from one or two subjects. Target setting is supported by a strong pastoral system.

The school operates a twenty five period week with five one hour lessons. Toynbee seeks to develop the potential of all pupils and maintains an ethos of academic achievement. Examination results have improved substantially and progress is significantly above national figures. Both the English and Maths departments achieved fantastic results with 68% of pupils achieving a 4+ or above in English, and 82% of pupils achieving a 4+ or above in Maths. However, the philosophy of the school would expect this achievement to be within the context of a curriculum which offers an extensive programme of activities and challenges. The quality of community life is important to us and we are proud of our reputation as a friendly, caring school.

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