Closes 01.11.21

Deaf Tutor

STATUS: Part Time / Term time: 1 day per week – 8.30am – 3.45pm with 30 minute lunch break. (Day is flexible)

Bucks Pay Scale: Bucks Pay Range 4 ISN21-25

Line Manager: Teacher of the Deaf; Deputy Head Teacher for Inclusion; Head Teacher

Highworth Combined School and Nursery would like to appoint a Deaf Tutor to work in our Additionally Resourced Provision unit for 12 Deaf children alongside our highly experienced TOD and team of communicators.

The candidate would be able to use British Sign Language, Signed Supported English and spoken language as appropriate to communicate effectively with deaf children.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• To use British Sign Language, Signed Supported English and spoken language as appropriate to communicate effectively with deaf children
• To help children to develop the clarity and complexity of their BSL skills
• To engage in higher-level BSL discussions with fluent BSL children
• To adjust language level used depending on the needs and level of the child
• To conduct BSL storytelling sessions using a range of storybooks and texts from EY to KS2 along with the use of visual language resources and activities where appropriate to develop the children’s understanding and use of:
o BSL vocabulary
o BSL grammar (e.g. handling classifiers, multi-channel signs, role shift)
o BSL Conversation skills

Main duties:
The Deaf Tutor will be required to work with deaf children in the ARP for HI to develop their:
• signing skills
• language and communication skills
• understanding of deafness, Deaf Culture and their own deaf/Deaf identity
• emotional literacy and mental wellbeing
• confidence and ability to communicate in the deaf and hearing worlds
• personal and social media/internet safety
• understanding of their own communication needs in different environments
• awareness of current issues surrounding deafness, Deaf News Deaf History
• awareness of services for deaf people
• understanding and ability to use technology available to deaf people (e.g. hearing aids, alarms, subtitles)
• interactions with other children (hearing and deaf/BSL users)

The Deaf Tutor will also be required to:
• Be a positive Deaf role model to deaf children in the ARP and wider school community
• Provide pastoral support to deaf children in the ARP
• Promote Deaf Awareness in the school
• Advocate for deaf children
• work with all age groups one to one or in small groups
• link work carried out with children to the curriculum to support their learning in class
• Provide training for staff in signing and deaf awareness
• Assist in assessment, planning and target-setting for children in the ARP including administering the BSL Narrative Assessment (training can be provided)

Other specific duties:
• To meet all Professional Teachers’ Standards
• To play a full and active role in the life of the school
• To support the school in its mission and ethos
• To actively promote the school’s policies
• To support the school in meeting its requirements for assemblies
• To contribute to the implementation of the school’s H and S policy
• To undertake any other duty as specified by the Headteacher

Deaf Tutor
Person Specification
Essential Criteria Desirable Criteria
• User of BSL in day to day life
Experience
• Previous work with primary age children in a paid or voluntary capacity
• Previous work within a primary school in either a voluntary or paid capacity
• Knowledge and experience of meeting the needs of the hearing impaired
• Providing 1 to 1 support for children with additional needs

Professional Knowledge and Skills
• Knowledge and understanding of:
o Providing effectively for children’s differing needs
o A range of appropriate strategies for supporting teaching and learning
o A range of behaviour management strategies

• Knowledge and understanding and experience of:
o Providing effectively for children’s differing needs
o A range of appropriate strategies for supporting teaching and learning
o A range of behaviour management strategies

Personal Qualities
• Enjoys working with young people
• Able to work accurately under pressure
• Able and willing to adapt to last minute changes
• Attention to detail
• Able to work as part of a team
• Discreet with confidential or sensitive information
• Able to prioritise
• Able to work without direct supervision
• Well organised
• Able to motivate students

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references

How to apply

All applicants to complete and return a Buckinghamshire Council application form. For more information please contact Mrs Maria Smith on 01494 525534 or email office@highworthcombined.co.uk
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews arranged accordingly.