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**Braille Support Officer **
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham.
  • Reference: 34
  • Published: Tue 13/10/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 22/10/2020, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Term Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £20,000 - £24,999
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

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**Braille Support Officer **

Braille Support Officer (Level 2)
£22,377-£23,607 - Term Time


At the London Borough of Newham’s Sensory Service, we pride ourselves on being an innovative organisation with a commitment to the needs of vision impaired children and young people in the borough. With a firm focus on achieving positive outcomes through advice, adaptations, training and direct support, we work closely with partner organisations, children, young people and their families to maximise opportunities for vision impaired children and young people.


We are looking for someone who has had recent experience of working with children, including those with visual impairment, for at least 2 years in an educational or similar setting. Ideally you will have supported children as teaching assistant or as a nursery nurse and have Braille qualification .

Require person to start as soon as possible or January 2021

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting a team of peripatetic teachers and support staff working in the London Borough of Newham. The team have the responsibility for supporting and providing advice for vision impaired pupils in early years, nursery and school settings.


You will have experience and relevant qualifications to support and adapt materials for pupils requiring Braille. You will  :

1         plan, deliver and update programmes under the supervision of the QTVI or Line Manager.

2          participate in the planning and delivery of training, including specialised programmes for visually impaired pupils.

3         work closely with parents/carers and staff in a way that demonstrates effective partnership working.

4          attend meetings including multi- disciplinary assessments, case conferences and reviews and  actively contribute to the  partnership work that arises to ensure approaches within the team support effective multi- agency working.

5         write support notes and maintain records (including day to day, mid term as well as end of term/ year).

6         adapt class material and employ techniques appropriate for visually impaired children.

7         attend school planning meetings with the class teacher.

8         supervise lunch and break times as required.

9                         work closely with parents/carers and staff in a way that demonstrates effective partnership working.

You will need to have excellent oral and written communication skills and understand the barriers to learning that children and young people with a vision impairment face and how these barriers may be overcome. Specialist knowledge and experience with SEND and vision is essential.

An ability to work successfully with associated local and external teams such as early years, multi-sensory impairment, hearing impairment and health is essential. A commitment to Newham’s inclusive education policy and furthering equal opportunities for people disadvantaged in terms of race, gender and disability are essential. Good knowledge and experience of working with vision impaired children with additional and complex needs or multi-sensory impairment would be an advantage.

Please view Braille Support Officer Job Description

Closing Date: 22nd October 2020

Additional Information

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).

Please attach your supporting statement, explaining in no more than x2 A4 sides why and how you meet the criteria for this role.