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Teacher of Children with a Visual Impairment

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?

Full time Teacher of Children with a Visually Impaired -Salary TMS/UPS + SEN  1 or 2 Allowance (depending on mandatory qualification) required to start Easter 2021 or sooner which is available due to staff relocating.

The post involves providing peripatetic teaching support and advice to children and young people with a visual impairment, , parents and professionals across Coventry in homes, educational settings and special schools to enable them  to access an inclusive education and thrive

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).

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Teacher of the Visually Impaired to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a well-established service with a commitment to quality improvement.

A Teacher of the Visually Impaired qualification is desirable, however applications will be considered from excellent  teachers with relevant teaching experience at Early Years, Key Stage 1 -4   looking to develop their career in working with pupils with a visual impairment. You must be willing and able to undertake specialist mandatory training for this post which is a two-year distance learning course as soon as possible. Successful team-working experience and excellent inter-personal skills are essential.

You will:

  • need be able to communicate effectively with a variety of professionals, parents and children
  • have a good level of experience in working with children who have SEN and a good knowledge of how to promote education access and inclusion for children and young people with a visually impairment or the ability to gain this knowledge.
  • have an up to date working knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice
  • need to carry out  Functional Visual Assessment to identify the educational implications of a visual impairment  and to report to parents, teachers and other professionals the results of such assessments
  • have the ability to use ICT effectively, including to support children with a visual impairment in their learning and provide training
  • need to be creative, adaptable and sensitive to the individual needs of visually impaired children, young people and families.
  • If you would like an informal discussion about this post,  please contact  Joanne Appleton, Sensory Team Lead email joanne.appleton@coventry.gov.uk or tel 02476786174

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

All attachments for the job can be found here

Interview date(s): Week beginning 1st February

Introduction to Coventry City Council

Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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