Closes 08.07.22

Head of Resource Base for Deaf Pupils
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR1B and x 2 Additional SEND Points

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Teacher of the Deaf to join a forward-looking 11 – 19 school to lead our Resource Base for Deaf Pupils. The Sweyne Park School is the lead school within the Rayleigh Schools Trust and works with a local primary school, providing a 3 – 19 educational experience for the local community. The successful applicant will have the ability to inspire students and be a qualified Teacher of the Deaf.

Both schools within the Trust have a Resource Base which are successful Enhanced Provisions for D/deaf pupils across Essex and Southend, where learners thrive in an inclusive setting. The successful applicant will work with primary colleagues to ensure a seamless transition for D/deaf pupils.

Essential requirements
• Qualified Teacher Status
• Qualified Teacher of the Deaf status
• British Sign Language qualifications
• Being up to date with current legal and SEND issues.


Teaching and learning requirements
• Set up the time table for the Resource Base
• Identify and adopt the most effective teaching approaches for pupils with deafness
• Monitor teaching and learning activities to meet the needs of pupils with deafness
• Advise on any specific equipment needed
• Identify and teach study skills that will develop pupils’ ability to work independently
• Liaise with other schools and FE colleges to ensure continuity of support and learning when transferring pupils with deafness
• Liaise with a range of external agencies
• Provide Inset for new staff
• Establish extra-curricular activities, e.g. British Sign Language classes
• Oversee department development plans


Recording and assessment requirements
• Maintain professional awareness of current research and thinking on good practice in the education of D/deaf pupils.
• Set targets for raising achievement among pupils with deafness
• Collect and interpret specialist assessment data
• Set up systems for identifying, assessing and reviewing progress and achievement
• Update the Headteacher and Governing Body on the effectiveness of provision for pupils with deafness
• Develop understanding of learning needs and the importance of raising achievement among pupils
• Attend Parents’ Evenings, Annual Reviews, Transition Reviews, Year 7 Academic Induction, KS4 Learning Reviews and keep parents informed about their child’s progress
• Attend Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings
• Attend Children’s Hearing Services Working Group (CHSWG) meetings
• Establish positive relationships with parents of pupils with hearing impairment
• Lead and supporting CPD of staff in the Resource Base, including the Assistant HoRB


Leadership requirements
• Encourage all members of staff to recognise and fulfil their statutory responsibilities to pupils with deafness
• Disseminate department information, news and updates to RB staff, including part-time staff
• Provide training opportunities for Teachers of the Deaf, educational communicators, learning support assistants, clerical staff and other teachers to learn about deafness
• Oversee the use and maintenance of specialist equipment
• Disseminate good practice across the school
• Identify departments and year groups for Resource Base staff to work with
• Timetable support for identified pupils
• Develop collaboration and lesson planning to support D/deaf pupils in lessons
• Develop modified curricula as appropriate for D/deaf pupils taught in the Resource Base by Teachers of the Deaf
• Develop the collaboration and provision of BSL lesson planning for D/deaf pupils
• Develop the collaboration and planning of speech and language provision for D/deaf pupils
• Develop the collaboration and provision of audiological support for D/deaf pupils including liaison with pediatric audiology and cochlear implant centres
• Identify resources needed to meet the needs of pupils with deafness and advise the Headteacher of priorities for expenditure
• Oversee the induction of new members of Resource Base staff


Standards and quality assurance
• Support the aims and ethos of the school
• Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
• Attend and participate in open evenings and student performances
• Uphold the school’s behaviour code and uniform regulations
• Participate in and lead CPD
• Oversee the provision of Speech and Language Therapy
• Ensure updates in Wednesday briefing, as appropriate, and in Bulletin
• Attend team and staff meetings, lead department meetings
• Attend County/LA meetings, e.g. HoRBs
• Develop links with governors, LAs, neighbouring schools, other schools with enhanced provision for D/deaf pupils, schools with individual D/deaf pupils supported by SEND Operations and outside agencies


The Rayleigh Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

How to apply

We would be very happy to answer any questions you may have, and provide the opportunity for you to have a discussion with the current Head of the Resource Base or a member of the leadership team. We welcome visitors to the school in person in advance of the application deadline. To arrange this, please contact Kerry Wilby at To obtain further information about our school please visit our website

All applicants must complete an Essex Application Form (available from Essex County Council’s website) which should be returned to Mrs Katharine Dines, Headteacher, c/o Any additional continuation sheets must be kept to a maximum of 2 sides of A4 (font size 11).

The Sweyne Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant’s appointment will be subject to satisfactory enhanced clearance by the Disclosure & Barring Service.

We reserve the right to close applications early in the event that a suitable candidate is identified.