Head of Habilitation – Term Time Only

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Contact Lorna Phillips
01905 763933
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Job Ref: AS204/0624

Salary: £36,648 – £39,186 FTE

Pro Rata Salary: £31,487 – £33,668

Hours: 37 hours per week with flexible working hours. This role will include some weekend work (although not every weekend)

Closing Date: 2pm on Monday 24th June 2024


Week beginning Monday 1st July 2024

Purpose of the Job:

Under the line-management of the Associate Principal: VI Education, the post holder is required to plan, implement and deliver a high standard of Habilitation teaching and learning that integrates Mobility / Orientation, and Independent Living Skills (ILS) ensuring that skills are embedded within the Waking Day Curriculum.

Please Note This appointment is subject to two verified references, medical clearance, an Enhanced DBS Clearance and Registration and a six month probationary period.

37 hours per week, term time only

Scale PO1, SCP 28-31; £36,648 – £39,186

Pro rata salary for term time only: £31,487 – £33,668

The post holder will lead on training staff, particularly care staff within the residences, in the skills they need to embed best practice of Habilitation skills as part of the waking day curriculum. This role requires flexible working hours that encompasses some late afternoons, evenings and weekends in order to co-incide with the working hours of Care staff.

Full details for this role can be down loaded from NCW website (www.ncw.co.uk), or please contact Victoria Ward (vward@ncw.co.uk, 01905 733933) for further details. Candidates must complete an NCW application form, CVs will not be accepted

Main Tasks:

To ensure that all aspects of the Habilitation curriculum are appropriately planned for and that students leave NCW with a range of transferable skills which they can use to live as independently as possible.
To work in a number of environments, including the College residencies, the wider college campus, local residential areas, city centre travel and the use of public transport when and where appropriate.
To convene regular meetings with the mobility and ILS departments in order to share good practice and ensure that there is a shared understanding of issues relating to individual students.
To assist the mobility and ILS departments in the development of appropriate syllabuses, fully accessible resources, schemes of work, tracking policies and teaching strategies.
To be responsible for keeping accurate records that monitor progress and that inform termly target setting and reviews in the areas of mobility and ILS.
To write reports as required and communicate sensitive information appropriately within the bounds of data protection, confidentiality and safe practice, with all involved in the enablement of the individual.
To provide guidance and advice to staff, parents/carers and other stakeholders relating to best practice in Habilitation.
To maintain personal and professional development keeping abreast of development in Habilitation, including assistive technology.
To be responsible for using a range of diagnostic tools and processes to assess needs and risks, recognise and resolve problems, identify appropriate interventions and negotiate with individuals, carers and other professionals to achieve desired outcomes to support the independence, maximise well-being and support young people with sensory needs.
To be able to apply and understand appropriate legislation and its application to daily working practice, for example the promotion of anti-discriminatory practice in relation to supporting students with their independence.
To have a flexible approach towards the teaching of Habilitation to meet the needs of students across all key stages with a wide range of intellectual, physical and sensory needs.
To understand the needs of young people with vision impairment and the impact of this on individuals and their families.
To ensure that there is regular good communication about students’ Habilitation needs across campus.
To plan and deliver whole College training in the sharing of good practice relating specifically to Habilitation.
To contribute to Outreach relating to the specialist teaching of Habilitation to children and young people with a vision impairment.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

NCW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is conditional on an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College. You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder. It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.

Important Information to read prior to applying to work at NCW:

Please note that any offer of employment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Registration through the DBS and Health clearance which will be arranged by the College.

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to complete and return a criminal history / suitability self-disclosure prior to interview; any relevant information that you disclose will be discussed with you at interview. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as a result of the Exceptions Order 1975 as amended in 2020, and therefore all unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs, and any convictions or adult cautions that would not be filtered, must be declared on the self-disclosure. Please see the Ministry of Justice website for information about the filtering of offences.

By completing an application form, the applicant confirms they are not disqualified from working in regulated activity with children, or subject to sanctions imposed by a regulatory body, eg Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) or Health and Care Professions council (HCPC). NCW will seek references on short-listed candidates, and may approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualification, before interview.

If the applicant is currently working with children, on either a paid or voluntary basis, their current employer will be asked about disciplinary offences relating to their suitability to work with children, including any for which the penalty is time expired (that is where a warning could no longer be taken into account in any new disciplinary hearing for example) and whether the applicant has been the subject of any child protection concerns which are founded / upheld. If the applicant is not currently working with children, but has done so in the past, that previous employer will be asked about those issues.

To provide false information is an offence and could result in the application being rejected or summary dismissal if the application has been selected, and possible referral to the police.

For full details on this role, please download the Job Description and Person Specification.


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