About The Service
Cardiff’s Learning Support Team is looking to appoint an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic teacher to this well-established support service.
Working as part of Cardiff Education's Inclusion Service, the Learning Support Team (LST) supports learners who struggle to access learning, including those who have been identified as having specific learning difficulties or severe and complex learning needs. The team offers a wide range of advice, support and training to learners, parents/carers, schools and other professionals, and works closely with colleagues from across our schools, the Inclusion Service, Health and Children’s Services. We work in a wide range of settings with learners from Reception to Year 14 to support inclusion and ensure our learners achieve their full potential.
About the job
The successful applicant will join a team of experienced and enthusiastic LST Specialist Teachers. The role involves a wide range of different experiences - working across the age range and across all settings; supporting learners with a range of learning needs including specific learning difficulties, severe and complex learning needs and comorbidity of needs. Through the role you will contribute to raising awareness, increasing expertise and knowledge across our schools, and model and support excellent inclusive practice in the field of learning support. Although there is some direct teaching, a large part of the role involves working with organisations to create change.
The successful candidate will receive MPS/UPS+1 or 2 SEN points (pro rata) depending on their specific qualification(s) in the area of ALN.
What We Are Looking For From You
We are looking for a teacher with a sound understanding of the range of needs of pupils who struggle to learn (including dyslexia/dyscalculia) and extensive experience supporting learners with severe and complex learning needs. In addition, this post requires a person with excellent interpersonal and organisation skills.
The successful candidate would need to be flexible, empathetic, with a strong understanding of what good quality teaching and learning looks like. They would need to be able to adapt their teaching and interactive style to suit a range of ages, settings and situations, and be able to build strong professional relationships that help to drive change constructively.
A strong understanding of ICT with an emphasis on access technology, its strengths and limitations, would be an advantage, as would a good understanding of the way in which Additional Learning Needs strategies work within the wider educational structure.
The world of education is a fast-changing one, and the successful candidate would need to be able to take a positive approach to working in such an environment of change.
We are looking for someone who has:
• A sound understanding of the range of learning needs and their implications for teaching, learning and self-esteem.
• Evidence ongoing CPD within the field of ALN including specific learning needs.
• A thorough knowledge of strategies that impact on learners with learning difficulties.
• Additional qualifications in the field of ALN/ SEN, or a clear commitment to obtain this qualification
• Significant proven teaching experience of working with learners with ALN and leading school-based improvement projects in this area.
• Secure knowledge and evidence of understanding both local and national initiatives and developments in relation to ALN including excellent time management and organisational skills
• Experience of multi-agency working including parents/carers.
• Experience of applying person centred planning approaches
• Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders
• The ability to manage change, problem solve, use high levels of initiative and manage own workload effectively
This post is suitable for a post share.
This post has a requirement for registration with the Education Workforce Council.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Safeguarding and Child Protection are key priorities for the Council. We aim to support children and vulnerable adults to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be. Our services and schools are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults, and will take action to safeguard their well-being, and acknowledge that children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection. This is supported in the general ethos of the Council and all schools.
Due to the current COVID -19 circumstances the interview process for this role will be held on a virtual basis using an appropriate online platform. If you have any concerns around your ability to participate in a virtual interview process please contact Jan Frost.
We welcome applications in both English and Welsh. Applications received in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than English applications.