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Communication Support Worker
  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: SCH/20/127387
  • Published: Wed 03/06/2020, 13:50 PM
  • Closing on: Mon 22/06/2020, 9:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Term Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week, 1 FTE TTO - 45.6 weeks
  • Salary: £23,812 - £25,121 p/y pending on experience
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Heathcote School & Science College, Normanton Park, Chingford, London, , Waltham Forest

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Communication Support Worker

Communication Support Worker (for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils)

Scale 6 pt 18 to 21 (Actual salary for Term Time only £23,812 to £25,121)

36 hours per week, term time only

Commencing September 2020


Heathcote School is an 11 – 18 school on a rapid journey of improvement. The Headteacher joined the school in 2017 and is working with all stakeholders to ensure we provide the best education and life chances we can to the young people of our community. In September 2018 we had a full Ofsted inspection where we were graded as good in all areas. This is an exciting time to be at a school in an unparalleled setting with unlimited potential in a high challenge, low threat environment.


The School Improvement Plan (2019-21) focuses on six key areas:


  • Pupils are proud of Heathcote and self-regulate their behaviour both in and out of school creating a calm and orderly environment. These high standards are supported by robust structures, staff and pupil leadership and increased parental support to ensure exceptional behaviour, high levels of understanding and respect for all and highly positive attitudes
  • High quality CPD and line management enables Middle Leaders to be highly visible, develop a coherent vision and challenge and support staff to meet the highest possible standards in all areas
  • The broad and balanced curriculum is reviewed and developed to ensure we have the right intent, impact and implementation for our Heathcote learners at all levels; it is understood by all and ambitiously delivered to ensure all pupils achieve highly
  • Both in and out of class, tutoring, learning and teaching, work-related learning and other opportunities - including the pupil passport  - are exciting, engaging and allow unique opportunities for all learners ensuring Heathcote provides extensive cultural capital
  • Robust monitoring and leadership of attendance enable pupils and their families to take responsibility for school attendance leading to attendance levels above the national average for all groups of pupils.
  • The financial deficit is reduced in line with robust targets by ensuring the best deployment of physical and human resources


We are looking to recruit a Communication Support Worker to work alongside our Teacher of the Deaf and our mainstream teachers to provide communication and learning support to deaf pupils at Heathcote secondary school in classes and other school activities e.g. school trips, assemblies, productions, parents’ evenings, meetings etc.


Heathcote Deaf Support Department (DSD) is a specialist department in the school that has space for up to 13 deaf learners. At Heathcote deaf students spend most of their time in mainstream lessons with their hearing peers. Our students receive an individual package of in-class support from specialist staff and can use up to date technologies in order to access their lessons. Our students are also able to have specialist small group or one-one teaching in the department. We aim to create a ‘family’, friendly environment in the department and the deaf students know that this is their quiet, safe space that they can come to whenever they need help or support. In a large mainstream school this can be very important for some learners. The students come before school to collect radio aids and to get support with their hearing aids or cochlear implants. Students can come to lunchtime friendship clubs and after school to homework club.


The school puts well-being and development at the heart of its work and we have very talented staff who are encouraged to grow, develop and work collaboratively, within school and with local schools, and to be the best they can be.  We are working to ensure school improvement in a high challenge, low threat way and enable robust systems and structures to ensure consistency in all areas, encouraging the growth and development of all.  The school has excellent resources and a stunning site close to the forest.


We aim to ensure our staff body reflects the diversity of our community and use blind-recruitment processes in our short-listing. We employ staff with diverse skills and backgrounds and this ensures that our policies and systems are always inclusive of all our stakeholders. We value and respect everyone’s identity and our Equality Information and Objectives Policy confirms our commitment to the 2010 Equalities Act.



Completed application forms should be emailed to


Closing date for receipt of applications:  Monday 15th June 2020

Indicative date for interviews: TBC


Please note: applications will be considered as they are received and we reserve the right to close this position before the date specified above.  We therefore urge candidates to submit an application as soon as possible. 


Heathcote School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure.