Lead – Disability & Learning Difficulties
Quality and Learning Services
Temporary 3 months initially full time
Hourly rate equivalent to £28,280 – £32,649
South London/Surrey area
Maze8 DBS or on the update service essential
As Lead on Disabilities and Learning Difficulties, you will be required to develop and manage the delivery of a high quality, cost effective support service to learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, sensory impairments, mental health issues, learning difficulties and other support needs to meet the College’s Strategic and Operational objectives.
Responsible to: Deputy Head of Learning Support
The main purpose of the role is to:
• Leads on the development and delivery of the support service to learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental health issues, sensory impairments, learning difficulties and other support needs to provide a rich and stretching learning experience for learners and initiate improvements in learner recruitment, retention, achievement and progression.
• Leads, manages and reviews support provision to ensure that future support is consistent with College objectives, funding, learner recruitment targets and measures for success.
• Acts as the nominated person for referrals from academic and support staff and assesses the support needs, including risk assessments of learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental health issues, sensory impairments and other support needs, and disseminates information as appropriate.
• Takes responsibility for the effective and efficient management of staffing resources allocated to the service.
• Acts as a Lead Professional for an agreed case load of learners including assessing support needs, requesting high needs support funding, co-ordinating support packages that meet EHCP outcomes and chairing EHCP annual reviews
• Manages a team of Learning Support Workers, to ensure learners receive high quality support to enable them to access the college curriculum, facilities and services and improve achievement rates
• Continually updates and improves professional knowledge.
• Develops links with relevant national and local external agencies such as CMHTs, social services and voluntary sector organisations to develop and promote the service and where relevant to access funding.
• Leads on providing staff development on the support needs of learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, sensory impairments and other support needs.
• Develops and maintains accurate and timely records in accordance with the college quality standards, support funding requirements, self-assessment, inspections, lesson observations and skills audit in order to ensure a consistent high-quality service for learners.
• Ensures the collection, accurate inputting and analysis of learning support data, undertaking rigorous activity to ensure it is properly reflected on the college’s support data base.
Person Specification – Essential
• A successful and proven track record in managing support provision in a post 16 educational setting for learners with mental health issues, physical disabilities, medical conditions, sensory impairments, learning difficulties and other support needs to enhance achievement rates
• Identifiable personal achievements in learning support and the disability field
• A successful and proven track record in delivering staff development training
• A successful and proven track record of coordinating and supervising a team
• Experience of implementing and developing quality systems
• Relevant qualifications at Level 3 or above e.g. Social Work Diploma, Advice and Guidance.
• Educated to GCSE/ level 2 or equivalent with grades A*-C in English and Mathematics
• Ability to carry out and record assessments including risk assessments of learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental health issues, sensory impairments and other support needs
• Ability to act as Lead Professional for learners including chairing EHCP Annual Reviews and contributing to Needs Assessments
• Good working knowledge of the SEND Reforms, equality & safeguarding legislation and its implications for the Learning Support Service
• Good working knowledge of how to support learners with physical disabilities, medical conditions, sensory impairments, mental health issues and other support needs effectively in an educational context
• Good working knowledge of the support funding including high needs support and how to use resources effectively
• High level of computer literacy
Please email CV to Suzanne@maze8.co.uk
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