Job descriptionJob details Salary range: G6 £22,777 - £24,948 (pro-rata) [Specialist Teaching Assistant] G8 £27,344 - £30,151 (pro-rata) [For a candidate with British Sign Language level 3 or above] Work location: To be confirmed dependent on successful candidate (SENSS Resource Bases are located in New Marston Primary School, The Cherwell School and City of Oxford College, Oxford) Hours per week: 30 hours (5 days) - applications for part time working will also be considered Contract type: Permanent, Term Time Only (39 weeks per year) Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check Closing date: Thursday 31st August 2023. Interview date: Week commencing 4th or 11th September 2023 About us Communication Support Workers (CSW) are an essential part of the educational team working with children and young people who are deaf in Oxfordshire educational settings. CSWs work in the Deaf and Hearing Support Resource Bases at New Marston Primary School and The Cherwell School (secondary), and with post-16 students who have a sensory impairment (deafness or vision impairment) in the Colleges of Further Education in Oxfordshire (with a base at City of Oxford College). the terms deaf/deafness refer to all levels and types of hearing loss About the role A skilled Communication Support Worker (or Specialist Teaching Assistant) with a calm, encouraging and positive manner is required to work in the SENSS team of communication support workers. CSWs are deployed to schools or post-16 work according to their knowledge and experience to best meet children and young people’s needs; staff preferences are also considered. The ability to communicate sensitively and appropriately with children, young people and colleagues is essential. About you Ideally, you will have experience of working with children and young people with SEN or disability and want to make a positive difference to learning outcomes and access to education. You work positively as part of a team but also feel confident to work independently and take initiative when needed. You hold GCSE Maths and English grade A* to C (or equivalent). Ideally, you’ll have a qualification in communicating with deaf people (preferably Level 2 CACDP or above or a level of fluency in BSL at a comparable stage) but not all deaf young people use sign to communicate, and we will also consider applicants who have an interest in supporting children and young people who are deaf (or have a vision impairment – colleges of FE only) as a Specialist Teaching Assistant. Working closely with specialist Teachers of Deaf Children and Young People (ToDs), mainstream staff and other professionals to improve outcomes, your aim will be to enable access to the curriculum and to facilitate full inclusion for the pupils with sensory impairment you work with. The role is permanent and is term time only (39 weeks per year). Rewards and benefits Culture of flexible working Technology to support agile working where role permits Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9% Enhanced family friendly policies Local and national discounts for shopping and travel Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development Would you like to know more? For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tonia Harris, Specialist Manager on 07584 909522 or [email protected]. 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