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Educating young people who are blind or vision impaired

Mobility and Orientation Officer

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Title:                MOBILITY and ORIENTATION OFFICER  (Ref:                                     AS167/0421)

Salary:                   Scale 6:  SCP 18 – 22;  £24,982 – £27,041.
                                £20,910 – £22,633 for term time only

Hours:                   Full Time – 37 hours or – open to Job share

Closing Date:      Friday 23 April 2021

If you would an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact [email protected]

INTERVIEWS WILL TAKE PLACE ON:           

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Purpose of the Job:

We are seeking an experienced and inspirational person to deliver Mobility and Orientation instruction to our students.

The successful candidate will have a track record of engaging with young people, colleagues, parents and other professionals to create a caring and supportive environment in which young people with a vision impairment can develop their independent travel skills and participate in their communities.

Main Tasks:

  1. To ensure that all aspects of the mobility curriculum are appropriately planned for and that students leave NCW with a range of transferable skills which they can use to live as independently as possible.
  2. To work in a number of environments, including the College campus, local residential areas, city centre travel and the use of public transport when and where appropriate.
  3. To evaluate and monitor the progress of students and to keep accurate up-to-date records, setting and reviewing half termly targets.
  4. To produce auditory and tactile diagrams, maps and plans as required.
  5. To provide informative progress reports as required for parents, local authorities and for the EHCP annual review.
  6. To provide guidance and advice to College staff, parents/carers and any other professionals involved in the mobility needs of vision impaired pupils.
  7. To attend College staff meetings, departmental meetings and other meetings as requested.
  8. To maintain personal and professional development by keeping abreast of developments in Orientation and Mobility including assistive technology.
  9. To assist in the development of appropriate syllabuses, fully accessible resources, schemes of work, tracking policies and teaching strategies in the Mobility department.
  10. To contribute to whole College CPD in the sharing of good practice relating specifically to Mobility and Orientation.
  11. To contribute to Outreach relating to the specialist teaching of Mobility and Orientation to children and young people with a vision impairment.
  12. To communicate regularly with parents and Care staff, particularly relating to the Waking Day Curriculum where Care staff are to be supported in practising mobility skills with students.
  13. Undertake appropriate, personal professional development within the framework of College policies and current practice.
  14. Such other duties as from time to time are reasonably assigned by the Principal.

Equal Opportunities Statement:

NCW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is conditional on an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.

Safeguarding Children:

NCW is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students at the College.  You are responsible for adhering to the College’s policies on Child Protection and for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people you come into contact with.

Annual review:

This job description will be reviewed annually and may be subject to amendment or modification at any time after consultation with the post holder.  It is not a comprehensive statement of procedures and tasks but sets out the main expectations of NCW in relation to the post holder’s professional responsibilities and duties.

This document is to be read in the context of NCW Statement of Purpose, NCW Equal Opportunities Statement, and agreed policies of the NCW and the Conditions of Service as outlined in the individual employee’s contract.

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