Communication Support Worker (with British Sign Language)

The King Edmund School, Rochford

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Job Ref No. ECC5421-308S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £20,845 per annum (£15.90 per hour)
Position Start Date: 01/09/2022 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Fixed
Application Close: 18/05/2022 Midday Date of Interviews: Friday 20 May 2022  

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Communication Support Worker (with British Sign Language)

01 SEPTEMBER 2022 TO 31 AUGUST 2024

30 hours per week - 43.7 weeks (term time + 1 week Inset days + annual leave)

07:45am -2:15pm daily (with half hour unpaid break)

£20,845 per annum (£15.90 per hour)

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Communicator who has knowledge of and the ability to use British Sign Language to support a new student with a hearing impairment. The postholder will be required to:

  • Support the student in and out of lessons using British Sign Language to communicate
  • Provide Deaf Awareness training to relevant staff
  • Liaise with subject teachers to adapt their planning for lessons and resources e.g. ensure videos have subtitles
  • Support the hearing impaired student's learning and wellbeing in lessons and school trips
  • Ensure relevant equipment and resources are available as appropriate e.g. audiological equipment, hearing aids, radio aid, passaround microphone
  • Scribe during lessons as appropriate

The successful candidate will have:

  • Successful experience working with children in a school environment, specifically those with a hearing impairment
  • Educated to Level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent qualification /experience
  • British Sign Language (BSL) Level 1 & 2 and Level 3 (or willingness to gain Level 3)
  • Sound deaf awareness to support student(s) and staff
  • Good ICT skills and an ability to learn new technology
  • Ability to establish rapport and to maintain respectful and trusting relationships
  • The ability to overcome barriers to learning with children by implementing school policies, procedures and identified support mechanisms
  • Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
  • A passion to improve learning and work collaboratively with teaching staff to aid the progress of all students and develop their confidence
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and meet deadlines
  • A good understanding of Health and Safety, safeguarding and child protection
  • A commitment to equality and diversity and inclusion

In return the successful candidate can expect:

  • A tailored induction programme
  • A mentor / 'buddy' scheme
  • An extensive support programme, including a system of twilights
  • Commitment to continuing professional development

Closing Date: Midday on Wednesday 18 May 2022

Interviews: Friday 20 May 2022

To find out more about our school please visit our website. To apply, please complete the Quick Apply Form on the school website and upload a CV and forward a covering letter to

We look forward to hearing from you.

The King Edmund School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment and undergo an enhanced DBS check as part of our Safer Recruitment & Selection Procedures.

Information about the School

The King Edmund School is a high performing school with specialist status for Business, Enterprise and Applied Learning. The school has 1600 students, including over 200 in the Sixth Form.

The school prides itself on its excellent facilities, state of the art technology and innovative and progressive curriculum at all levels and across all key stages.

Students are well cared for and given every opportunity to shine. Extra curricular opportunities are varied and numerous.

The King Edmund School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment and undergo an enhanced DBS check as part of our Safer Recruitment Procedures.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Jonathan Osborn
Vaughan Close, Rochford
Essex, SS4 1TL
Telephone: 01702 545771