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Communication Support Worker (SENSS) OCC106051

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Salary range: £20,493 - £27,741 pro-rata, per annum (G6/G8)
Work location: SENSS Hearing Resource Base, The Cherwell School, Oxford
Hours per week: 30 hours per week (to start as soon as possible’)
Contract type: Temporary for 1 year, part-time and term-time only
Closing date: Sunday 26th September 2021

Interview date: Thursday 7th October 2021
Vetting requirements: This role requires a Criminal Records Check



About us


A skilled Teaching Assistant or Communication Support Worker with a calm, encouraging and positive manner is required to work with children and young people with a hearing impairment attending a resource base in Oxford. The ability to work positively as part of a team and to communicate sensitively and appropriately with children, young people and colleagues is essential.



About the role


Working closely with specialist teachers of the deaf and school staff to improve outcomes, your aim will be to enable access to the curriculum and to facilitate full inclusion for the children and young people with hearing impairment you work with.

The age of the children and young people you work with may change depending upon the needs of the children and young people supported by the Hearing Impairment Team over time. The 30 hours post starts as soon as possible and is based at The Cherwell School in north Oxford where there are SEN Support Services (SENSS) Hearing Resource Bases. The role is on 12 months fixed term contract in the first instance.


About you


You must have experience of working with children and hold GCSE Maths and English grade A* to C (or equivalent). Ideally, you’ll have a qualification in communicating with deaf people (at least Level 3 CACDP or a comparable level of fluency in BSL) but we would also invite you to apply if you have an interest in supporting children and young people with hearing impairment as a specialist Teaching Assistant or are committed to learning sign language and train as a Communication Support Worker.

Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development. 


You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering. 



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact the Resource Base Lead Teacher, Liano Brown on liano.brown@oxfordshire.gov.uk or 07917 534266.



Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the selection criteria, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form.



Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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