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Salary range: G6 £22,777 – £24,948 (pro rata) [Specialist Teaching Assistant]

G8 £27,344 – £30,151 (pro rata) [For a CSW with British Sign Language equivalent to Signature level 3 or above]

Work location: SENSS Deaf and Hearing Support Resource Base, The Cherwell School, Oxford

Hours per week: 30 hours (5 days) – applications for part time working will also be considered

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    Contract type: To cover maternity leave asap; Green Book, Term Time Only (39 weeks per year)

    Closing date: Sunday 29th January 2023

    Interview date: Week Commencing 20th February 2023

    Vetting requirements: This role requires a Criminal Records Check

    About us

    Communication Support Workers (CSWs) and Specialist Teaching Assistants are an essential part of the SENSS team working with children and young people who are deaf in Oxfordshire educational settings. The SENSS Deaf and Hearing Support Team provides a range of support and guidance to students with who are deaf*.

    • 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 with deaf students who are supported by the Deaf and Hearing Support Resource Base at The Cherwell School in Oxford. The ability to communicate sensitively and appropriately with young people and colleagues is essential. This is a maternity cover post (temporary).

    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 3 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 also welcome applicants who have an interest in supporting children and young people who are deaf as a Specialist Teaching Assistant.

    Working closely with specialist teachers of the deaf, 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 deaf students you work with.

    The role is to cover a maternity leave and is term time only (39 weeks per year).

    Would you like to know more?

    For an informal discussion about the role, please contact SENSS Deaf and Hearing Support Team Manager, Liano Brown on liano.brown@oxfordshire.gov.uk or 07917 534266.

    Application Procedure

    To apply, please complete an online application form by clicking either of the Apply Now buttons at the top and bottom of this advert. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory.

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    Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

    At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.

    Our commitment to safeguarding

    Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

    We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

    Guaranteed interviews

    As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

    We are open to discussions about flexible working.

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