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Area Team Manager (Central) Hearing Impairment OCC12028

Job Details:


Salary Range: £45,213 - £49,937 per annum

Work Location: Hearing Resource Base, The Cherwell School

Hours per week: 32.5 (100%)

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Monday 30th September 2019

Interview date: Monday 7th October 2019


Area Team Manager (Central) Hearing Impairment:


As the Area Team Manager of the Hearing Impairment Team, part of the wider Special Educational Needs Support Services (SENSS), you’ll join a well-established team that is highly regarded by educational settings and other services and organisations in Oxfordshire. 


As an experienced, innovative and highly motivated teacher of the deaf, you’ll lead a small team of other teachers of the deaf, working in mainstream and resource base settings. With highly-effective staff management abilities, you’ll have experience of successful partnerships, working with families and have strong leadership skills. 


You’ll have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, outstanding communication skills, together with the ability to think and plan creatively. Your ability to analyse and formatively use assessment data to drive improvements in outcomes for children and young people with hearing impairment is also essential.


You’ll also be required to fulfil the travel requirements of the role.


Job Purpose:


  1. Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People
  2. Leadership and Management
  3. Service Development
  4. Communication and Liaison
  5. A lead for the SENSS Hearing Resource Bases in Oxford
Role Responsibilities:


Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People

  • In consultation with the SENSS Senior Leadership Team (SLT), to agree appropriate outcome measures (both quantitative and qualitative) to reflect improved outcomes and life chances for C&YP with Hearing Impairment, and to ensure effective systems are in place to reliably collect this data
  • Prepare regular reports to the SENSS SLT on outcomes of C&YP supported by the Hearing Impairment area team and identify what might be done to further improve them
  • Ensure the effective support of C&YP with additional vulnerabilities and those moving through transitions
  • Practically plan how to keep abreast of current research evidence and good practice and how to translate this into successful interventions and outcomes
  • Ensure compliance with statutory responsibilities for C&YP (0 – 25) with Special and Additional Educational Needs, and with all SENSS protocols and OCC policies
  • Establish responsive and effective systems for ensuring staff are enabled to manage complex cases as they arise, and services can still be delivered when there are staff absences, to ensure C&YP’s needs are met within county as far as possible and appropriate, making efficient use of resources
  • To fulfil as required (pro rata, as defined by the number of staff managed and time allocated for additional development projects) the role of a Teacher of the Deaf with the Hearing Impairment Team, in line with the SENSS Job Description for this role


Leadership and Management

  • In consultation with the SENSS SLT, establish appropriate systems for the deployment and monitoring of staff and other resources to ensure consistent levels of service delivery across the area and countywide
  • In consultation with the Specialist Manager (SPCN) and taking account of the countywide service imperatives alongside area needs, to take responsibility for the effective deployment of the staff team
  • Promote a clear sense of purpose within the area team, consistent with the overall aims and vision of the Hearing Impairment Team and of SENSS
  • To provide high quality professional support, supervision and guidance (including direct advice, information, professional guidance, best practice and training) to staff in the team managed, and to other area team managers on agreed aspects of specialist practice
  • To support Teachers of the Deaf in the planning and implementation of personal education plans to ensure appropriate access to the National Curriculum for C&YP with Hearing Impairment
  • To monitor and quality assure staff reports, including those relating to statutory processes
  • To convene Hearing Impairment Team meetings as required and ensure appropriate action notes are maintained
  • To lead the recruitment, selection and induction of staff in consultation with the Specialist Manager, SPCN
  • Conduct performance management/appraisal and supervision in line with Teachers’ Pay and Conditions, OCC HR guidance and SENSS protocols
  • To manage any budget in compliance with the Directorate and Corporate financial management requirements

Service Development

  • To work closely with the Specialist Manager, SPCN and the other Area Managers (HI) to produce annual and medium-term service development plans and to monitor and review progress against service objectives and targets
  • To work closely with the Specialist Manager, SPCN and the other Area Managers (HI) to ensure consistent standards and levels of service delivery across all areas of the local authority
  • Advise SLT on strategic management and on the development needs of the service in the designated area
  • At the request of the Specialist Manager, SPCN / SENSS Manager, to undertake any specific development projects or activities, in line with service development priorities
  • To contribute to the development of a Hearing Impairment Team CPD plan, taking account of current specialist skills and knowledge in the workforce and information from smart scrutiny of data, to inform the strategy of how to invest in CPD


Communication and Liaison 

  • To work with the SLT to provide and update high quality information materials, in a variety of media, about the services provided by SENSS in the designated area
  • Establish effective links with schools and key partners across other agencies in the area and more widely across the county
  • To collate area pupil numbers, changes to building requirements and staff support information for the ‘Access to Buildings’ meetings held by the LA
  • Work closely with the Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) managers to ensure SENSS makes an effective and complimentary contribution to outcomes with an emphasis on empowering the early intervention work force
  • Work with SLT to ensure that parents and C&YP will be involved in all aspects of service development ensuring parental confidence in all services
  • Attend and review the placements of children in non-maintained special schools and independent schools as agreed with the Specialist Manager, SPCN and in line with LA policy


A lead for the SENSS Hearing Resource Bases based in Oxford

  • To work with the lead resource base teachers, in partnership with the host schools, to promote the full inclusion, attainment and achievement of the pupils in the resource bases


Administrative Focus

  • Plan and provide weekly plans of your time allocation and activities using internal diary systems, ensuring regular office time


To undertake other such appropriate tasks as may be requested by the Head of SEND, Director of Children’s Services or his/her representative.

Essential Criteria:


Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge

  • Degree or equivalent
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Mandatory Teacher of the Deaf Qualification
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation, guidance and policy relating to Hearing Impairment, SEN and the wider agenda
  • Knowledge of monitoring, tracking and target setting for pupils with Hearing Impairment to improve outcomes
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation, guidance and policy relating to SEN, Disability and wider LDD agendas



  • Experience as a Teacher of the Deaf
  • Successful experience of managing staff, including an ability to facilitate harmonious working relationships
  • Extensive relevant experience of working in mainstream and/or special schools and settings
  • Experience of highly effective working with a range of different agencies both within and outside the LA
  • Successful experience of performance management
  • Up-to-date experience of preparing and effective delivery of training to a variety of audiences
  • Experience of effective family focused working (Early Support//TAF) and co-production


Job related aptitude and skills

  • Proven ability to develop and enable very effective partnerships and external relationships
  • Outstanding communication skills and evidence of using these to inspire, motivate, lead and influence colleagues, students, parents and other professionals within a team
  • Ability to lead, motivate and challenge a team and a sound understanding of best management practice
  • Ability to analyse and formatively use assessment data to drive improvement in outcomes for children and young people with hearing impairment
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise a range of functions and work efficiently under pressure
  • High level ICT skills


Personal Qualities

  • Determined, resilient, reflective, creative and solution focussed, able to remain positive in the face of professional challenges and to motivate and inspire staff
  • Enthusiastic and innovative with a ‘can do’ attitude


Special Requirements

  • Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel for work purposes to attend meetings and reviews as required
  • Commitment to and understanding of, the principles of Equal Opportunities for all, in employment and the delivery of services
  • Willingness to attend evening meetings, regional and national events


Desirable Criteria:


Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Additional training in an area relevant to the post, for example, post graduate training in Educational Audiology / Early Years and Deafness / Signing qualifications
  • Knowledge of research methods and understanding of statistical methods



  • Substantial experience as a Teacher of the Deaf
  • Substantive and successful experience of leading teams at a senior management level
  • Implementation of successful strategies to meet the needs of the most vulnerable students
  • Accountability for delivering outcomes
  • Involvement in local or national SEN initiatives relating to Hearing Impairment


Personal Qualities

  • Evidence of effective communication in a multi-agency context


Vetting Requirements:


This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note, references will be sought prior to interview.



Please contact Tonia Harris on 07584909522 or for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, before applying.



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