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Deputy Sensory Team Professional Lead Hearing Impairment

Our Values

It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. 


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About the team we are recruiting to

The Coventry Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Support Service exists to deliver the aspirational challenge set to us by young people with SEND and their families: ‘To Lift the Cloud of Limitation and enable them to enjoy an ordinary life’. 

We are a creative, connected and forward-thinking service.  Together with our families and partners in schools, settings, the NHS and third sector, we have driven change that has pushed us to the cutting edge of SEND.  This includes embedding co-production across all areas of service delivery, investing in our SEND workforce, and pioneering new initiatives such as the award-nominated 'Together We Can' partnership group to engage Early Years children and their families and 'My Support Plan', a family-centred approach to understanding children's strengths and needs and tailoring their support. 

When Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) completed a Local Area inspection of Coventry in October 2019, they commended our “genuine passion and commitment to get things right for children and young people with SEND and their families”; our respect for the “lived experiences of children and young people with SEND and their parents” and the “strong partnership between school settings and education service providers, with a high level of buy-back of specialist services”.

The Sensory Team are specialist (hearing and vision) teachers and support staff providing highly specialist support and advice for children and young people with hearing or vision difficulties in Coventry aged from 0-25. 

The team, which is highly regarded by families and schools, provides information, equipment and direct teaching in homes, early years settings and schools across Coventry to promote inclusion, empower families and raise achievement.

What is the job role?

Deputy Sensory Team -Professional Lead Hearing Impairment

Full time Leadership Level 8-11

  • Responsibility for the leadership and management of the team of specialists supporting children and young people with hearing impairment, within the Sensory Team of the SEND Support Service
  • Playing a leading role in the development of provision to support access and inclusion for pupils with hearing impairment (HI), in partnership with Health services
  • Developing programmes of staff development for schools and settings in the area of HI support, including Educational Audiology, in partnership with Health and other providers
  • Maintain and develop appropriate support programmes for families of children with significant hearing difficulties
  • Manage and develop teaching and learning programmes, peripatetic outreach support and INSET in partnership and liaison with other agencies, including Health Service specialists
  • Line-manage the Teachers in Charge of the two centrally retained primary and secondary HI Resource Bases and the new role of Resource Technician- Sensory (audiology, specialist VI equipment and software) in partnership with the Sensory Team Lead.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Following recommendations from Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) for an additional pre-employment check with effect 1 Sept 22, please note, an online search may form part of this recruitment process.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a very experienced, Qualified Teacher of the Deaf to join us in the role Deputy Team Lead-Hearing in the well-respected Sensory Team in Coventry

You will need:

  • Ability to lead and manage HI specialist staff within the Sensory Team and nurture the professional development of staff
  • Ability to lead on the specialism of Hearing Impairment, including audiology, within the Sensory Team
  • Excellent communication skills, ICT skills and ability to work co-operatively with others
  • Extensive experience of collaborative working in close partnership with families and contributing to multi-agency model of support
  • Considerable experience of leading on INSET and the development of approaches, initiatives, specialist technology and resources to support learners with hearing impairment

If you wish to discuss the post in more detail please contact Joanne Appleton  Sensory Team Lead joanne.appleton@coventry.gov.uk  or telephone 07932510326

For full details on the application process please read the attached document labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Deadline for applications is October 10th, 2022

Interview date(s): week beginning 17th October 2022

About Coventry

Coventry has a proud, innovative and creative spirit that throughout its history has seen communities come together to tackle problems and bring about real social change.

We are cutting-edge, challenging, youthful, vibrant and diverse.

At Coventry we are committed to excellence in everything we do. With around 4800 staff from a range of different backgrounds, our aim is to recruit and develop talented people who will focus on our customers, take responsibility, work together and find better ways of doing things.

To deliver the best services to our residents, we need the best people working for us to make a difference to our communities.

If you join us, we will provide a fantastic rewards & benefits package which includes:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Opportunity for Salary Match
  • An outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Great opportunities to develop with access to accredited courses.
  • Access to an award-winning Occupational Health Service
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Coventry City Council


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