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Lead Practitioner - SEND/Autism

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Pupils on Roll
Occupational group
Education Support
Salary details
Actual starting salary £16,866.30 per annum (based on a full time equivient of £21,372)
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
37 hours per week, term time plus two weeks
Closing Date
30 August 2019
Interview date
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Exeter Deaf Academy (“the Academy”) is a charity that provides essential specialist education and residential care to Deaf young people. We are at an exciting time in our history as we build a brand new world-class Deaf Academy in Exmouth, Devon, due to open in April 2020. This facility will help our amazing Deaf students thrive. It will break down barriers to Deaf young people, bring communities together and enable families to thrive.

The Academy provides nurturing education and care tailored to the individual needs of Deaf young people. The sense of belonging to an inspiring bilingual community transforms students as they develop language skills and journey towards independence and fulfilling their own potential.

We are seeking a SEND/Autism lead practitioner to join our dynamic teaching and support team.

This lead role will model best practice in working with our SEND learners and support our wider capacity building as a team to achieve successful outcomes for our young people. They will be working across both school, college and care environments, implementing learning and behaviour strategies for our SEND students, including responsibility for in-house training and guidance to share strategies with Academy staff. In addition, they will take lead role in supporting our work with our students who are autistic.

The role will involve working in collaboration with the Class Teacher, wider support team and Care staff to meet the needs of our students. The job requires specialist support and/or interventions with children and young people who may have additional learning and/or physical disabilities, addressing the needs of students who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning and behaviour. To occasionally supervise whole classes during the short-term absence of teachers. To assist the Classroom Teacher in planning, monitoring, assessment and effective teaching and learning of all SEND students.

Key Requirements:
- Experience of working within a SEND educational setting and subsequent learning strategies;
- Experience dealing with challenging behaviour and willingness to work with students who demonstrate challenging behaviour;
- Working knowledge of SEND young people in an educational setting;
- Willingness to supervise small teams of staff during cover supervision;
- Understanding of principles of Child Development and learning processes, and in particular barriers to learning.

We will offer:
- A highly competitive salary and benefits package;
- Long-term career development within a forward thinking and innovative organisation;
- Sponsorship to achieve BSL qualifications up to level 3;
- The chance to work within a modern and vibrant environment, which has been designed to vastly improve the learning opportunities for Deaf young people;
- The opportunity to join a committed team of professionals working together to secure high achievement for all our students;
- A unique chance to become part of an exciting development in Deaf Education and Care.

Terms & Conditions: The position is term time plus two weeks outside of term. Staff benefits include access to a Group Personal Pension scheme, Life Assurance and free on-site parking.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults; as such an enhanced DBS check is required.
The Academy is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its students and staff.

To find out more information about this unique opportunity, please email employment@exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk or visit www.exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk/recruitment.
Please apply by noon on the closing date.

Registered Charity No.1124523


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