School Coordinator of Vision Impairment
At the London Borough of Newham’s Sensory Service, we pride ourselves on being an innovative organisation with a commitment to the needs of vision impaired children and young people in the borough. With a firm focus on achieving positive outcomes through advice, adaptations, training and direct support, we work closely with partner organisations, children, young people and their families to maximise opportunities for vision impaired children and young people.
ABOUT THE JOB
We are looking for someone who is a committed and enthusiastic qualified Teacher of the Vision Impairment to lead a comprehensive and forward thinking service.
Require person to start as soon as possible or September 2021.
The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a team of peripatetic teachers and support staff working in the London Borough of Newham. The team have the responsibility for supporting and providing advice for vision impaired pupils in early years, nursery and school settings.
Along with qualified teacher status you will hold the mandatory qualification for teaching vision impaired children and young people . You will need to have excellent oral and written communication skills and understand the barriers to learning that children and young people with a vision impairment face and how these barriers may be overcome. Specialist knowledge and experience with SEND and vision is essential.
You will take responsibility for coordinating and developing the support network across the borough to include all aspects of assessment, training, technology, liaison with other relevant agencies, advice to class teachers and school leaders. You will provide leadership in the Vision Impaired Service and support the Group Manager in the overall effectiveness of the Sensory Service as a whole.
You will need to have ability to challenge, motivate and inspire children and young people, teachers, teaching assistants, parents/carers, technical support and professionals across the Children and Young People’s Service. An ability to work successfully with associated local and external teams such as early years, multi-sensory impairment, hearing impairment and health is essential. A commitment to Newham’s inclusive education policy and furthering equal opportunities for people disadvantaged in terms of race, gender and disability are essential. Good knowledge and experience of working with vision impaired children with additional and complex needs or multi-sensory impairment would be an advantage.
Closing date 14/05/2021
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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