The Mandatory Qualification course for teachers of children and young people with a vision impairment (MQVI) at University of Birmingham is seeking to appoint qualified teachers of the vision impaired (QTVI) as sessional teaching placement supervisors. Numbers of supervisions allocated are variable each academic year.
Placements generally take place between October and May/June and each student on a 15 day placement receives two visits to observe their teaching: one conducted remotely via video conferencing and one a visit to the placement.
Supervisors write a report following each visit and validate the student’s accompanying evidence of meeting MQVI outcomes. Payment per supervision (2 x visits; 2 x reports and evidence validation) is currently: £315, plus travel expenses.
The role offers an excellent opportunity for continuing professional development and provides the opportunity to play a role in the training of future QTVI in your region.
We are particularly interested in appointing QTVIs who are willing to supervise our students undertaking placement in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Midlands and South West England.
You should have experience of mentoring or managing QTVI appraisal and a wide range of experience in teaching children and young people with vision impairment, including those who are tactile learners. If you are working full time, you should have agreement for release from your place of work to undertake supervision as visits take place during core school hours: visits are generally around 1 hour-1.5 hours in length. Please note that the University does not pay cover costs for this release.
If you would like an informal discussion or have questions about the role, Linda James, Practitioner Tutor on the MQVI course is holding an informal discussion meeting on (21st September): please email her directly for a meeting link. It is anticipated that this meeting will be between 30–45 minutes in length.
Application is via curriculum vitae and an expression of interest letter to be submitted by Friday 1st October to Linda James at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your letter should clearly state which area you would be able to cover. Appointment will be subject to DBS (enhanced) check and unpaid attendance at a half day remote training session, which will take place outside of core school hours on Tuesday 12th October between 4.30pm and 7pm.