These ETA posts
will be based within the Additionally Resourced Provision for Visual Impairment
(ARP - VI). We are looking for a candidate with experience of working in
schools and the desire to develop their skills in the field of Special Educational
Needs and Disabilities, specifically Visual Impairment. If needed, all training
would be provided through internal and external specialist training as well as
the opportunity to work alongside experienced ETAs and Qualified Teachers of Visual
Impairment (QTVIs) within the Provision to develop your skills and knowledge of
Moor End Academy hosts the Kirklees Additionally
Resourced Provision for Visual Impairment (Secondary). The Provision has
capacity for 14 places, for those students who have a severe visual impairment
or who are blind. There is a high demand for places and the Provision is
currently oversubscribed. The team also support over 80 students with visual
impairments (VI) in mainstream schools across Kirklees through specialist outreach
Students with VI within the Provision
and from across the Authority are taught and supported by a combination of QTVIs,
specialist VI ETAs, braille and large print technicians, habilitation officers
and family support workers.
Students in the Provision are educated
with a person-centred and proactive approach to inclusion and are part of the
whole Academy community. The Provision offers bespoke curriculum approaches,
individually matched to student needs. Students follow one of two pathways –
mainstream alongside sighted peers or the achieve pathway, where students
follow a primary based curriculum. ETAs are a key part of promoting access for
students on both pathways.
In mainstream the majority of students
with VI typically attend 90% of mainstream lessons, alongside their peers,
being taught by subject specialist teachers from across the Academy. As an ETA,
you would support students in lessons to reduce barriers and promote their
access and independence in learning for example through large print, braille
and specialist technology. Full training in specialist resources and equipment
will be provided.
Alternatively some students
work within the Academy’s Achieve Group. This nurture group follows a Primary
based curriculum to provide an accessible, holistic curriculum for a small
group of students. Students accessing this group require a high level of
differentiation and resourcing to enable them to be successful in their
learning and ETAs are a pivotal part of this provision.
Alongside the mainstream
curriculum, all students with VI learn and develop through the additional
curriculum that gives them skills to compensate for the barriers that their VI
creates. There is a clear focus on
preparation for adulthood and comprehensive support for transition to the next
phase of education and life. This can include: habilitation,
braille, specialist IT skills, independent living, advocacy and curriculum
support in areas of need. Students also have access to adapted
extra-curricular and leisure opportunities.
Moor End Academy is a very exciting school where the
Resourced Provision is embedded into Academy life. If you want to develop your
skills and knowledge of visual impairment and be part of highly rewarding,
vibrant, successful and creative team who are not afraid to take risks, then
we’d love to hear from you!
As an ETA, you would be a
crucial part of our team providing in-class, small group and one to one support
across our curriculum areas and age groups. Within the classroom, ETAs work
alongside subject teachers and the QTVIs to maximise the access, inclusion and
progress of students with VI.
At times, you would support students outside the classroom, within the
VI Provision to consolidate learning, develop skills within the additional
curriculum, social skills and activities for preparation for adulthood and
The successful candidate will join a large team of staff working at this
Outstanding Academy in our Specialist Provision team who provide support for
children and young people with Visual Impairments, their families and
designated local mainstream schools.
always looking to evolve and work in partnership with curriculum areas to share
expertise, skills, experience and instill confidence in all staff across the
Academy. We have an open access policy for parents and careers and encourage
parental engagement for all activities at the Academy; extra-curricular trips,
events and external education experiences such as visits to the Theatre,
Colleges and Universities.
The successful applicants will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check via the DBS. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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