BELFAST EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARD
The Belfast Education and Library Board under the provisions of the Education and Libraries
(Northern Ireland) Orders, is responsible for providing an education and library service, including
a youth service, in the Belfast area. The provision of public library services transferred to Libraries
NI on 1 April 2009. The area has a population of approximately 268,000. The number of pupils
in attendance at school in the board’s area is approximately 57,000.
The board is the body charged with responsibility for ensuring the provision of appropriate
education for children with special needs. The board supports the policy of inclusion as laid down
in legislation and has set up a range of specialist support services, one of which is the peripatetic
support service for the hearing impaired.
JOB TITLE: Peripatetic Teacher of Hearing Impaired Children
LOCATION: Peripatetic Support Service
Ulidia Teachers Centre
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (028) 90690358
SALARY: Teachers’ Main Pay Scale
A maximum of the second special needs allowance is payable for this post.
Applicants must hold a teaching qualification as approved by the Department of Education (NI).
Please note where teaching experience is required only experience gained post qualification
will be considered.
Applicants must at the closing date be qualified to teach children who have a hearing impairment
or have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience and must be prepared to undertake a course of
study leading to a recognised qualification to teach pupils with a hearing impairment. Applicants
must also have qualifications and/or training in British Sign Language (BSL).
Preference may be given to those applicants who at the closing date:
(i) have experience within the last 5 years of teaching children who have a hearing
(ii) have experience of working with pre-school children who have a hearing impairment;
(iii) hold an educational audiology qualification.
The panel reserves the right to enhance these criteria.
On taking up this post the successful applicant must be a registered teacher with the General
Teaching Council for Northern Ireland.
Posts involving work in educational institutions are subject to the provisions of the
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007. The successful applicant will require an
enhanced disclosure check which at present costs £30. Further details regarding the payment
of this check will be issued with the contract of employment.
The peripatetic teacher will work as part of a specialist support team within the board’s area that
offers training, advice and support to teachers as well as working directly with children from birth
to nineteen who have a hearing impairment. The peripatetic teacher will also provide support,
advice and guidance to parents.
As detailed on the Teachers’ (Terms and Conditions of Service) Regulations (NI) 1987.
In addition to teaching duties the successful candidate will be expected to:
(a) Teach pre-school hearing impaired children and give advice and support to their
(b) Teach and support children who have a hearing impairment in mainstream, hearing
impaired units and special schools and promote inclusion through training, advice
and liaison with school staff.
(c) Maintain reports of involvement, assessment and progress for each child receiving
teaching, advice and support i.e. record keeping, report writing, preparing support
plans and contributing to education plans.
(d) Assess the hearing of children who have been referred to the peripatetic support
service for the hearing impaired.
(e) Liaise and work in cooperation with other professionals e.g.
Clinical Medical Officers, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language
Therapists in different settings such as Community Audiology Clinics, Cochlear
Implant Centre and hospitals.
(f) Provide written educational advice in respect of pupils with special educational
needs under the terms of the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986. Contribute,
as required, to annual reviews of statements of special educational needs.
(g) Be involved with continuing professional development. Keep informed of current
technology and approaches, relevant to teaching and supporting pupils with a
hearing impairment so that appropriate interventions can be applied in the learning
environment. This will include courses organised by BATOD and other relevant
bodies; and may involve attendance out of school hours.
Additional duties may include:
• assisting at Community Audiology Clinics;
• assisting at Diagnostic Paediatric Audiology Clinics at the Royal Victoria Hospital and
Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.
The peripatetic support service is an amalgamation of specialist teachers of the sensory impaired
and teachers of children with specific learning difficulties, and has been part of the outreach
services of the Belfast Education and Library Board for more than 30 years.
The service currently includes 22 members of staff and is based in the Ulidia Resource Centre,
Somerset Street, Belfast, BT7 2GS. The staff within the service has gained additional
qualifications within their own particular area of expertise.
The closing date for receipt of applications is
12.00 NOON ON TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2011.
CANVASSING WILL DISQUALIFY
NB. Notes of guidance are attached.
Post Peripatetic Teacher of Hearing Impaired Children
Location Ulidia Centre
Hold a teaching Have experience within the
qualification as approved by last 5 years of teaching
the Department of children who have a
Education (NI) hearing impairment
Have qualifications and/or Have experience of working
training in British Sign with pre-school children
Language (BSL) who have a hearing
Qualifications/ Be qualified to teach
Experience children who have a Hold an educational
hearing impairment OR audiology qualification
have a minimum of 5 years
teaching experience and
must be prepared to
undertake a course of study
leading to a recognised
qualification to teach pupils
with a hearing impairment
Good communication Up to date knowledge of
skills, ability to work with a audiological development
wide range of professionals and the ability to carry out
and parents a range of hearing
Competency in IT for
purposes of administration
Personal Qualities Empathy with pupils,
parents and teachers
Work as part of a team