Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment (HIVI) Services

Closing date:Expiring tomorrow

Ministry of Defence (Mod)

Date posted:
Start date: -
Contract type: Part Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Fixed Term

We are particularly interested if you are a Local Authority that can offer Traded Services or are a Specialist Educational Service which could meet our requirements. Please provide your Expression of Interest by midnight on Friday the 13th December.

Services of interest will be contacted week beginning: 6th January 2020

Contract Length: 2 Years with a possible one year extension, to provide services for a maximum of 30 Days per annum.

To provide qualified specialist educational professional service up to a maximum of 30 days per academic year, involving visits to schools during normal school hours depending on geographical locations. However, where staff training is required the day may be extended by mutual agreement.
Visit timetables, including dates and programmes of work to be negotiated with DCYP on a termly basis.

Support from an experienced, qualified specialist education professional of the Visually Impaired to provide:

Directly to pupils/schools:

  • Informal and formal assessments of visual loss
  • Guidance on the implications of this visual difficulty on access to the curriculum and on general daily life
  • Information, advice and support to pupils and parents
  • Practical advice to classroom teachers
  • Advice on the school environment
  • Advice and support on the use of low vision aids and other equipment
  • Training in schools/settings for members of the school/setting staff as required. There may be a need for training delivered after school hours
  • Attendance at Multi-Agency/Service Children’ Assessment of Need meeting as required
  • Support for transition when children/young people return to the UK


Indirectly:

  • Production of reports in electronic and hard copy containing strategies and advice. Reports must be available to parents, school and the DCYP responsible person within 10 working days of the visit
  • Attendance at Multi-agency/Service Children’s Assessment of Need meetings as required 
  • Liaison with health professionals as appropriate
  • Maintain relevant record-keeping documents. 
  • Access to email advice and guidance to Headteachers, SENDCOs and parents


Support from an experienced qualified education professional for the Deaf to provide:

Directly to pupils/schools:

  • Informal and formal assessment of hearing loss and how it is affecting pupils’ daily functioning. 
  • Assessment of language and communication skills
  • Advice and support to pupils and parents
  • Practical advice to SENDCOs and classroom teachers on teaching methods and ensuring access to the curriculum.
  • Advice to schools on listening conditions and acoustics
  • Check hearing equipment and provide support to ensure hearing aids are well maintained and appropriately used
  • Identification of other appropriate technical aids for pupils, such as radio aids and sound field systems; advice and support
  • Training for school and 0-3 settings staff regarding hearing impairment.  There may be a need for training to be delivered after school hours
  • Support for transition when children/young people return to the UK


Indirectly

  • Production of reports in electronic and hard copy containing strategies and advice. Reports must be made available to parents, schools and the DCYP responsible person within 10 working days of the visit
  • Production of letters to parents and other professionals as required
  • Liaison with health professionals e.g. Audiology departments, Speech and Language Therapists
  • Maintaining relevant record-keeping systems
  • Access to email advice and guidance to Headteachers, SENDCOS and parents


During school visits DCYP and school staff will ensure the visiting specialist education staff have opportunity to:

  • Meet and work with individual children and young people within a class/group setting and individually
  • Meet with parents in a confidential setting
  • Meet with school and setting staff working with child/young person in a confidential setting
  • Attend and contribute in Multi-agency/Service Children’s Assessment of Need meetings as required
  • Access to facilities as required (i.e. telephone and photocopying facilities etc)


Staff Qualifications
Each staff member will be expected to have as a minimum:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • At least 2 years teaching experience and in addition
  •  A further specialist qualification e.g. a Diploma/Certificate in: Teaching deaf children / Teaching visually impaired children
  • Safeguarding (Level 2) or proof of a Local Authority’s (or similar organisation e.g. RNIB) Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training (Level 3) 
  • Equality and diversity training


All of which must be kept current throughout the period of Contract.

Security
Each member of the Contractor’s staff must have enhanced DBS checks.

Travel and Subsistence
The Contractor staff will be expected to book and pay for their own transport, accommodation, meals and subsistence, the costs for which are reimbursed within the terms of MoD policy. 

Closing Date: 13th December 2019

For more information regarding this advert please contact

Rachel.cole105@mod.gov.uk or Anna.vrahimi@modschools.org



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