Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment: Westmorland & Furness Council (Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness)

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Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment – WMF981e

Salary: MPR £30,000 - £41,333 + UPR £43,266 - £46,525 + 2 SEN points £2,539 - £5,009

Hours: Full Time Teaching Post
Location: Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness or Penrith
Contract: Permanent

*Closing date: 7th May 2024
*Interview date: 23rd May 2024

For suporting information and to apply visit: https://www.westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk/your-council/council-job-vacancies

About this opportunity

Due to the retirement of our current QTVI, we are seeking to recruit an experienced and passionate individual who is committed to improving the educational and life-experiences for children and young people with a visual impairment. This role is open to individuals with a teaching qualification and a minimum of one year’s teaching experience. Relevant post-graduate qualifications in teaching students with visual impairment are desirable but there will be an opportunity for the right candidate to train in the role. Arrangements will be made for newly qualified QTVIs to be mentored.

As the only QTVI in the Sensory service, you will need to be flexible, hard-working and able to work under direction, as well as on your own initiative. The Sensory service also includes some highly experienced HLTAs and we have a contract with Guide Dogs for habilitation work. In addition, you will be supported by a wider team of Specialist Advisory Teachers (SATS) and the Educational Psychology service, with whom you will have strong working relationships. Westmorland and Furness SATS are a close-knit team who work well with each other and partner agencies.

This is an advisory peripatetic role and you will cover the whole of the Westmorland and Furness council footprint. You will be expected to work in a variety of different locations across the council. An essential car user allowance is attached to this post. You will be able to negotiate your own work-base and there will be some opportunities to work from home.

If this sounds like your next challenge, please contact Andi Henderson (Principal Educational Psychologist: andrea.henderson@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk) or Pam Robertson (Sensory Team Lead: pam.robertson@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk) for more information or an informal discussion.

What can we offer you!

*Excellent training and development offers
*Opportunity to join the Teachers Pensions Scheme
*Various perks and discounts schemes, including money off your phone contract and local gyms
*Competitive rates of pay

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 and requires an enhanced DBS check.

Please note this role involves working in regulated activity with Children. It is an offence for people who are barred from working in regulated activity to apply for roles that require them to work unsupervised with Children.

Application and Interview information

*Closing date: 7th May 2024
*Interview date: 23rd May 2024

We are currently operating both in-person and virtual interviews. The preferred interview option will be in person however options will be discussed with candidates once they have been invited to the interview stage of the process for this specific position. If you have any concerns or adjustments are needed, we are happy to discuss.

If you are invited to a virtual interview, this will preferably be undertaken using the Microsoft Teams software, which is currently free for new users, however if there are any issues with accessing this technology, we are happy to discuss alternative arrangements prior to the interviews.

Safer Recruitment

At Westmorland and Furness Council we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all employees, volunteers and the Externally Provided Workforce (EPWs) to share this commitment.

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion

Westmorland and Furness Council is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone and work to promote an inclusive, supportive culture that values and celebrates our differences.

As a Disability Confident Employer, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

Apply at: https://www.westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk/your-council/council-job-vacancies

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