Teacher of the Deaf
We currently have an opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced qualified Teacher of the Deaf to join our SPOT Services team on a 25.9 hours (0.8 fte) basis, working in the Frome/Shepton Mallet area. The part time post involves working with children and young people with a hearing loss, their educational setting and family.
MPS/UPS plus TLR2a and SPN1.
Somerset County Council undertakes a wide range of statutory and non-statutory activities to ensure that effective education impacts positively on the outcomes for children and young people (CYPs) from birth to the age of 25 who have SEN (special educational needs) in Somerset.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the Hearing Support Team, providing specialist support for CYPs with a hearing loss, their families and carers and educational settings. This post is based within the Sensory, Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) Services – Inclusion Somerset.
The Hearing Support Team consists of a Lead Teacher, Lead Advisory Teacher of the Deaf/Educational Audiologist, Advisory Teachers of the Deaf, and Specialist Support Advisors. We are now looking to appoint another Advisory Teacher of the Deaf to join our specialist team.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
The aim of the role is to enable children and young people with a sensory impairment to meet their educational, health, social and employment potential.
We work with babies, children and young people with hearing loss following the newborn hearing screen through education settings and to post 16. This involves supporting families in their homes to understand their child’s hearing needs and providing support, advice and strategies to enable parents and carers to meet these needs. In education settings, we raise the awareness of hearing loss and ensure that staff are fully equipped and trained to make the necessary adjustments to ensure access to the curriculum. We work very closely with the NHS in joint health and education clinics to ensure that the audiological needs of babies, children and young people are appropriately managed in every aspect of their lives.
You will manage your own caseload. You will support and advise schools and settings on their current and anticipatory duties to ensure reasonable adjustments are in place for CYPs with a hearing loss. You will champion inclusive practice and ethos and promote activities and practice that increase the resilience and aspirations of CYPs and their families.
You will undertake teaching, assessments and monitoring of curriculum access as required in schools and settings within Somerset. You will provide expertise that is additional to what is generally available in schools and settings, building staff capacity to work effectively, independently and inclusively in supporting pupils with a hearing loss.
The team meets on a regular basis to share knowledge, participate in CPD activities and discuss casework. You will be well supported, encouraged in managing a designated caseload and will receive regular Line Management supervision.
We can offer you a friendly, supportive working environment, a full induction and ongoing professional development.
A few things about you
You will have recent experience of supporting children with a hearing loss in schools or working in an advisory service. You will need to have a thorough knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice, excellent interpersonal skills, work well within a team and be able to work to deadlines.
You will already hold a mandatory qualification as Teacher of the Deaf. Additional related qualifications would be beneficial to the role. A range of other related skills will be valuable within this role.
As part of this role, you will be required to travel to undertake visits within a rural county where public transport routes may not be available.
We actively encourage multi-agency working relationships. You will be working with other Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologist, Headteachers, SENCos, teachers and support staff, SEN related agencies and local, regional and national support groups. All staff have close links to fellow professionals within SPOT – the Vision Support Team, Physical Impairment & Medical Support Team and Occupational Therapy team.
Ideally, we are looking for a person who has experience in this field of work, is qualified, flexible, enthusiastic, embraces multi-disciplinary working, enjoys working with and communicating effectively with CYPs, families and carers, and staff within settings.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, if it is in the summer holidays, please leave a voice mail message with either Linda Felix, Educational Audiologist on 07811310020, or Helen Jackson, Lead Teacher, Hearing Support Team on 07970108162, and they will get back to you.
Closing Date: Friday 10th September
Interview Date: Tuesday 28th September and Wednesday 29th September
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.