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Sensory Support Practitioner

Reference:
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Organisation:
Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Suffolk
Salary details:
Job term:
Part Time
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Appointment:
Permanent
Closing date:
27 June 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £20,903 pro rata for part time
  • 22.2 hours per week (term time only)
  • Permanent

Supporting Statement

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Sensory and
Communication Service as a Sensory Support Practitioner with the Visual Impairment Team, working from Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds or Lowestoft (to be agreed upon appointment).

  • Do you have recent experience of working in preschools, schools, or colleges?
  • Do you have experience working with children and young people who have visual access needs?
  • Would you like to work in an incredibly varied, challenging and rewarding role?
  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Suffolk?

Your role

The Sensory and Communication Service, a progressive and dynamic team, is seeking to recruit a Sensory Support Practitioner with an ability to support visually impaired children and young people (0 - 25) in their home and in schools. What is their primary purpose in the role?

Your responsibilities

You will work alongside our specialist teachers, promoting the use of visual access adaptions to teaching and learning, with our children and young people, to develop their independence, whilst ensuring their safety and welfare.

You will need

  • good communication skills and be confident in working with children and young people who have visual access needs, and their learning settings.
  • skills in the use of Braille, Braille technology, and in making tactile learning resources would be an advantage, but training will be given if necessary.
  • in return, you will have the satisfaction of being part of a strong and vibrant service that makes a real difference for children and young people every day.

The team

In Suffolk we are building a team that can deliver services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, that are among the best and most innovative in England. Our management team is passionate about transforming the experiences of Suffolk children, young people and their families.

We are working closely with our family representatives and our partners in health and social care and we have made improvements, but we still have a great deal to achieve and if you share our values and ambitions, we would love you to join our team.

You will need to have the highest standards, be able to deliver change quickly and willing to give your all. In return, you will have the satisfaction of being part of a strong and vibrant service that makes a real difference for children and young people every day.

We will offer you

  • training in specialist skills to support children and young people with visual impairments
  • specialist skills training in the use of sensory access adaptations and technology
  • opportunities to work with our children and young people across the whole range of learning settings - preschools, primary and secondary mainstream and specialist schools and Further Education colleges
  • on-going mentoring and support from colleagues within the Sensory and Communication Service.

Travelling requirements for your role

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Jonathan Bolt on 01473 264564.

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert.

This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.



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