Communication Support Worker - DEC

Sedgehill AcademyLewisham

It is with great pleasure and much pride that we welcome you to Sedgehill Academy.

We are a school for 11-18 year olds with high standards and high expectations for all members of our community – students and teachers. At Sedgehill, we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning is of the highest quality so that all students can achieve their potential. We provide an engaging and challenging curriculum designed to stretch and challenge all of our students to achieve their goals – to gain the grades required by top universities, or to win places on high quality apprentice schemes, or whatever other individual goals they may have. Students with additional needs receive specialist support from our experienced inclusion team.

We are fortunate to benefit from state-of-the-art facilities in performing arts and physical education and are committed to broadening the extracurricular experience of our students. Sports, music, drama, art, and Duke of Edinburgh clubs run regularly at lunch and after school. We are particularly proud to be part of the Andrew Lloyd Webber programme, under which all Year 7 students receive a violin and are taught how to play it.

We are part of United Learning – a group of schools that aims to provide excellent education to children and young people across the country.  Sedgehill Academy is a vibrant and inclusive community and the staff and I welcome you.

We have undergone challenge in recent years but are on an exciting journey of school improvement with United Learning and a committed team of staff, students and parents.

We are seeking staff who are driven and ambitious to see Sedgehill Academy become the school it deserves to be.

We want our school to be a place where people want to work.  Working here presents our staff with an opportunity to be part of an environment which:

Is successful and fast paced;

Is exciting and innovative;

Is making a difference;

Has high expectations;

Has strong leadership and management;

Treats all staff as professionals, making a large investment in professional development;

Has a strong and committed team of professionals;

Uses people’s strengths to develop themselves and others;

Has excellent resources;

Lives inclusion.

Sedgehill Academy also gives staff an opportunity of working within United Learning. United Learning is an organisation which has worked in education for over 100 years.  Working together as part of a group and a family of schools brings significant benefits to staff, students and parents.

We take the professional development of our staff seriously. As a new member of staff in the school you will have a full induction programme as a well as access to in-house and external training to support you on your journey to be an exemplary teacher, leader or outstanding member of our support staff.

Clare Cassidy


The Role

As the Communication Support Worker for Sedgehill Academy, the post-holder will be an integral part of the Deaf Education Team. The Communication Support Worker will work alongside the Lead Teacher of the Deaf and other key staff in school to promote and maintain a calm, safe and purposeful learning environment through individuals or groups of deaf students in mainstream lessons and in the DEC.

In particular, the post holder will: clarify, modify and simplify subject material and vocabulary as appropriate, provide communication support in a way which facilitates students’ language development.

About You

With the passion to empower deaf learners along with a BSL level 2 qualification and your proven experience of working successfully with deaf students/adults, you will provide communication support throughout the school day to enable full access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities e.g. lessons, assemblies, parents’ evenings, school visits and other school events.

You will help to promote students’ independence skills in communication, learning and social skills with the school setting.

It is essential that you can demonstrate your previous experience of and understanding schools’ welfare, social and safeguarding needs and schools’ policies on Equal Opportunities, Behaviour, Anti-Bullying, Child Protection and restraint, along with Health and Safety and Security.

United Learning

Sedgehill Academy works closely with United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. United Learning schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Subject specialists, a Group-wide intranet, a custom curriculum and an online learning portal all help share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. It's an ethos called ‘the best in everyone’. By joining Sedgehill School, you will have access to the wealth of knowledge, resources and opportunities available through this partnership.

For more information about this role, to arrange a visit or for an informal chat with the Principal.

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