The role

Warrington Borough Council (WBC) are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, experienced higher level teaching assistant to work with children and young people (0-25 years) with a visual impairment across the borough.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Sensory Support Team which includes Qualified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (QTVI) and Qualified Teachers of the D/deaf (QToD), providing a peripatetic service to children and young people across a range of settings within the Warrington Local Authority.

We are looking for positive contributions to achieve the best outcomes for our students. You will ideally have experience supporting and working with CYP with a visual impairment. Candidates will be passionate about supporting and working with visually impaired children and young people across the age range (0-25), however you may have more experience in one particular age group.

You will be able:

· To promote the access, achievements and well-being of children and young people who are sight impaired/severe sight impaired many of whom have additional or complex needs.

· To provide mobility and independent living, teaching through tailored programmes and a support service for visually impaired children and young people in Warrington under the guidance of QTVI and/or Mobility and Hablitation Specialist.

· To have responsibility for transporting children and young people to and from training sites and delivering 1:1 mobility and Habilitation project work as agreed and monitored by the Mobility and Habilitation specialist.

· To provide information, support and advice about visual impairment to parents/carers and schools.

· To liaise with other agencies and services to support the inclusion of children and young people with a visual impairment into education and the community.

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills, working in partnership with parents and other professionals.
  • The ability to manage a caseload of children and young people with sight impaired/severe sight impaired.
  • To have experience in working with children and young people who are sight impaired/severe sight impaired.
  • Some involvement with additional complex learning, physical, communication, social and emotional needs.
  • The ability to communicate information clearly and compassionately.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Understanding of SEND legislation.
  • Excellent inter-personal and organisational skills.
  • Proficiency in oral and written English.

To arrange an informal discussion about the post please contact Jane Godber (Inclusion Team) during w/c 15 April 2024, by email: jgodber@warrington.gov.uk

Key dates

Closing Date: 21 April 2024

Interviews: 29 April 2024

Start Date: 3 June 2024

Warrington aims for quality services and equal opportunities for all and is committed to safer recruitment.

DBS clearance is required.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer