Are you interested in training to become a QTOD?

If so, we have the unique opportunity to appoint two trainee teachers for hearing impairment to join the . The Hearing Impaired (HI) team consists of Qualified Teachers of the Deaf (QToD) and Early Years Deaf Instructors. The team works with children, their families, early year’s settings, schools (mainstream and special) and college. As HI specialists we are part of the wider Sensory Team including VI and MSI.

The team provides advice and support to hearing impaired children and young people aged 0 – 25 to promote their communication development, inclusion, empowerment, progress and raising of achievement.
In addition to being an aspiring trainee ToD, you will be expected to have extensive classroom experience as well as wider knowledge of special educational needs and hold the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators. You will be committed to inclusion and making a difference to pupil outcomes. You will also appreciate the importance of teamwork within a peripatetic service and be able to show evidence of supporting colleagues.

On joining the team as a trainee, you will need to successfully complete a two year Post Graduate Diploma in hearing impairment after which you would become a Qualified Teacher of the Deaf (QTOD). The university fees would be fully funded by Hampshire County Council and a half day for study would be allocated to you each week for the duration of the course. This is a distance learning course but would involve some meetings and residential weekends. It also involves learning BSL sign language. Please note that you would be expected to pay back the university fees if you left the service within 2 years of qualifying. When you obtain your mandatory QTOD qualification, you will receive a higher SEN allowance.

Initially, both these posts are for 0.2FTE but it is anticipated that the roles will quickly grow and will potentially encompass work in our Resource Provisions for Hearing Impairment (primary or secondary).
This role will involve a significant amount of travel, for which a mileage allowance is made, and you must be able to fulfil this requirement.

To find out more about the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to theon our website.

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. As such, and as per safer recruitment requirements for Children’s Services,  references will be requested prior to interview. 

Hampshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

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