QTVI sessional teaching placement supervisors: University of Birmingham MQ course (MQVI)


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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: generally one is conducted remotely via video conferencing and one is a visit to the placement. Supervisors write a report following each visit and assess the student’s teaching and accompanying evidence against criteria linked to grades and the MQVI outcomes.

Payment per supervision (2 x visits; 2 x reports and associated assessment) is currently expected to be approx. £414 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 seeking to appoint QTVIs who are willing to supervise our students undertaking placement in the following areas: Central, SE and SW London and the South East (Kent/Surrey/Sussex); London Central and counties to the North of London (e.g. Buckinghamshire); East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Norfolk); the North East; the South West (Devon and Cornwall) and South Wales. Please note a Welsh speaking QTVI is required for South Wales.

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: ideally across a wide age range. 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 plus travel. 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 Thursday 4th July at 5pm: please email her directly for a meeting link: l.a.james@bham.ac.uk . 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 Wednesday 10th July by 9am to Linda James at: l.a.james@bham.ac.uk. Your letter should clearly state which geographical area you would be able to cover.

Interviews will be arranged the week beginning 15th July and the week beginning 22nd July. Appointment will be subject to DBS (enhanced) check and attendance at a training session to be run by the University either remotely or hybrid in Oct/Nov. date TBC.

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