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Communication Support Worker - Deaf/Hearing Inclusion Team

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Our Staffordshire Deaf / Hearing Inclusion Team have 3 opportunities available from 1st September 2024. 

The posts are:

Post 1:  Fulford area x 10 hours (Thurs/ Fri)

Post 2: Cannock area x 10 hours (Thurs/Fri)

Post 3: Tamworth area x 20 hours (Mon/ Tues/ Thurs/ Fri)

Our large centrally based Deaf /Hearing Inclusion Team consists of Specialist Teachers, Education Audiologists, Communication Support Workers, intervenors, a HI Role Model, and an ICT Support Technician. 

As a team, we support Deaf children and young people with a diagnosed hearing loss from 0-25 in a variety of settings including homes, nurseries, mainstream schools, colleges, and specialist provision. We maintain a strong commitment to multi-agency working, inclusive education, high standards of attainment, and quality of life experiences for all our pupils.

Main Responsibility

In this role, you will be supporting a Deaf child or young person as part of the Specialist Teaching Support Service. 

Under the direction of the Specialist Teacher of the Deaf and Team Leader, you will

  • assist the Service and class teachers in the implementation of the pupil curriculum.
  • carry out, under the direct supervision of the teacher(s), individual programmes of learning specifically to support the pupil(s) concerned
  • assist with the development of basic skills such as language (including BSL sign language) and numeracy, where necessary 
  • assist in the implementation of any programmes of support designed by other professionals, including the Specialist Teacher of the Deaf and when appropriate, Speech and Language Therapist etc
  • assist in the maintenance and use of specialist equipment including daily checks.
  • assist the school in maintaining close liaison with the pupil(s) parents or guardians.
  • assist the class and specialist teacher(s) in maintaining a detailed written record of progress,
  • support the general care, welfare and safety of the pupil(s) and undertaken any specific care needs of the pupil concerned
  • carry out small group activities as requested by their teacher(s), to include the identified pupil(s).

The Ideal Candidate

You will:

  • be enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and committed person, who will work within education settings to support a high quality, inclusive educational experience for deaf children.
  • have completed the BSL Level 2 qualification  (a commitment to achieve a minimum of level 2 is essential if not already held).
  • have experience of supporting students in schools and have a passion for inclusion 

As an employee of the Specialist Teaching Support Service you may be required, on occasion, to work across the county. As such, you must be able to drive, have a driving licence and have daily access to a car. However, for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required.

You will be supported to develop in this role by a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf. 

Employees have a responsibility for, and must be committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people ensuring they are protected from harm. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.  As part of our safer recruitment, and in line with KCSIE recommendations, an online search will be completed on all shortlisted candidates.

For more details or an informal chat please contact: Moira Cooper – Team Lead, Deaf /Hearing Inclusion Team on 01785 356830 / 07779974124 or via email: moira.cooper@staffordshire.gov.uk

Interview Date: 5th July 2024

Please note: we will request your references prior to interview.  

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About Staffordshire County Council

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The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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