Job Description

This role is based at Grove House Primary School working with Vision Impaired students who attend the Local Authority Led Resourced Provision based at Grove House.

The following information is furnished to help Council staff and those people considering joining the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to understand and appreciate the general work content of their post and the role they are to play in the organisation. The duties and responsibilities highlighted in this Job Profile are indicative and may vary over time. Post holders are expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities relevant to the nature, level and scope of the post and the grade has been established on this basis.

For posts where employees speak directly to members of the Public the post holder is required to demonstrate their ability to speak fluently in English.

As a candidate you will be expected to demonstrate your ability to meet the special knowledge, experience and qualifications required for the role by providing evidence in the application form for the purpose of shortlisting. Applicants with disabilities are only required to meet the essential special knowledge requirements shown by a cross in the end column of this section.

The employee competencies are the minimum standard of behaviour expected by the Council of all its employees and the management competencies outlined are those relevant for a post operating at this level within our organisation.

Both sets of competencies will be used at interview stage and will not be used for short listing purposes.

Key Purpose of Post

· To work under the guidance of the VI ARC Team Leader, and within an agreed system of supervision, to support very young children with visual impairment. This will involve assisting in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of specialist resources.

· Specific duties with children will include; helping children with their learning, play, educational and social development; feeding, washing and cleaning young children;

accurate record keeping; making and maintaining learning materials and resources,

implementing habilitation programmes under the guidance of the Habilitation Specialist, implementing programmes devised by physiotherapists / OTs / SLTs, and any other visiting professionals

· The postholder will work in the school as part of the Sensory Service and carry out the range of duties listed below in order to meet the needs of children and young people with VI, or may be required to work in other settings as required by the Head of Service, in order to provide an outreach and support facility. The duties are not exhaustive and the postholder may be required to undertake tasks, roles and responsibilities, as may be reasonably assigned to them by the Head of Service or ARC Team Leader.

Main Responsibilities of Post

1. Specifically provide access to play activities, which are developmentally appropriate for individual children and undertake the care and supervision of the children with regard to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs, including implementing specific programmes, ie physio / speech / occupational therapy.

2. Take a lead role in the setting, under the direction of the QTVI, to supervise and provide training for other staff or teach specialist VI skills to individual pupils / small groups, as directed by the QTVI.

3. Adapt, modify and re-format standard learning resources into Braille, moon,

print, tactile diagrams or other media appropriate to pupils needs to facilitate

full curriculum inclusion, with due regard to copyright legislation and carry out Braille / Moon / IT programmes under the direction of the QTVI

4. Liaise with class teachers to ensure work can be prepared in advance of the lesson to establish an appropriate learning environment and work with the teacher in lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/work plans as appropriate

5. Implement habilitation programmes under the guidance of the Habilitation Specialist / Assistant to promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom

6. Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives to provide objective and accurate feedback and reports to the teacher on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence

7. Implement programmes devised by physiotherapists / OTs / SLTs, and any other visiting professionals, and take responsibility for medical care and care plans, participating in training and other learning activities as required, including medical training to care for pupils’ medical needs, first aid training, and managing and implementing medical procedures, ire eye drops, gastro tubes, etc

8. Plan and prepare activities, to meet children’s individual needs and negotiate working targets ensuring effective communication within the nursery. Assist with the development and implementation of EYFS and IEPs

9. Support the use of ICT and new technologies in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.

10. Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of pupils

11. Establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model, setting high expectations, and promoting independence, undertaking planned supervision of pupils’ out of school hours learning activities and supervise them on visits, trips .

12. Provide support for parents, liaise sensitively and effectively with parents/carers as agreed with the teacher within your role/responsibility and participate in feedback sessions/meetings with parents, maintaining good relationships with parents, including good communications and home visits. Provide outreach support to other settings, and / or families, as directed.

13. Keep and update and monitor all records, including accident, incident and risk assessment records, contributing to reviews of systems/records as requested, complying with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

14. Promote positive values, attitudes and good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established school policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour

15. Provide appropriate guidance and supervision and assist in the training and development of staff as appropriate.

You must have:

  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 3 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**