Part Time / 26 Hours Per Week / Term Time
Are you dedicated to providing high quality learning experiences and outstanding support to children and young people with special educational needs?
Join our dynamic and vibrant Vision Support Team to really make a difference. Working with families, schools, colleges, and early years settings, we promote inclusion and achieve positive outcomes for children and young people with a vision impairment from birth to 25 years. Vision impairment is a low incidence disability which can impact greatly upon all aspects of a child or young person’s development and academic achievement. As a service, we work in a peripatetic role to offer support to families and settings providing advice and specialist teaching. It is important that families and professionals receive the appropriate provisions to enable children and young people with a vision impairment to make progress and live an independent life.
This is a part-time, term-time, permanent post, working 26 hours per week. These hours can be flexible to fit in with existing commitments but must remain within school/setting working hours. You’ll have flexibility in hybrid working being both office based, at New Parks House and/or working remotely from home however, this will be minimal. Most of your working day will be spent visiting various schools, colleges and other education settings.
What you’ll be doing
You’ll work directly with children and young people with a vision impairment, teaching and developing a range of skills relating to the Curriculum Framework for Vision Impairment (CFVI). Curriculum Framework for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment | RNIB
You’ll work creatively to deliver interventions using information technology (more specifically keyboard skills and use of specialist access technology) and social and emotional/self-advocacy skills. Working across a range of settings, you’ll support link teachers in the delivery of specialist interventions as well as offer sound advice and support to settings and sometimes families, regarding a child or young person’s education. Using good assessment and observation skills, you’ll plan for and work towards a pupil’s recommendations and targets from their Education Health and Care Plan by documenting and recording progress.
What you’ll need
With significant experience in supporting children and young people with SEND, ideally with those who have a vision impairment and you’ll understand how SEND can impact upon learning and development. With a good level of communications skills, you’ll work closely with colleagues in school and the Vision Support Team to meet the needs of pupils. Using proficient IT skills, you will teach touch typing sessions to children and young people in settings, troubleshoot issues with specialist access technology as well as maintaining accurate records, compiling reports, and carrying out administrative tasks. In addition, you will support children and young people with a vision impairment to be able to understand their needs and talk about those with others. With the ability to work both as part of team and independently, you’ll be able to manage your own workload, work under pressure and respond positively to potentially stressful situations.
What we can offer you
As well as the satisfaction of helping to improve thousands of lives across Leicester, you can look forward to a work environment that encourages a healthy work/life balance. You’ll enjoy generous annual leave, membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme. We’ll also give you the chance to develop your skills and expertise with a variety of training and development opportunities. In addition, you can choose from a number of flexible benefits, including childcare vouchers, discounts on city buses and trains and help with relocation to Leicester, where appropriate. For an illustrative value of your benefits package, take a look at our benefits calculator
We’re committed to recruiting a diverse and highly-talented workforce as we continue to build a council that is fitting and representative of our great city. That’s why we’ve designed our recruitment process to put you at your ease, make you feel welcome and bring the best out of you. We’ll do all we can to make our recruitment process as fair as possible. To help you with your application, take a look at the ‘our approach to recruitment’ page.
If you’d like to have a chat before applying, feel free to contact Joanne Rowe
Assessment and interviews will take place on Thursday 4th May 2023.
SEND Support Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.