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									INFORMATION SHEET



POST TITLE:                 LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICER

REF NO:                     01153/12

LOCATION:                   Strand Road Campus

SALARY SCALE:               Band 4 - £17,163 - £21,519 per annum

CRITERIA

Applicants must have at least:

Essential

1      2 GCE ‘A’ level grades A-E or an equivalent level 3 qualification;
       OR
2      two years’ experience in providing additional support to learners with learning difficulties
       and disabilities.
AND
3   a current driving licence and access to a car (applicants with a disability who have been
    prevented from obtaining a driving licence due to their disability are eligible to apply).

If, as a direct result of a disability you can not fully meet the essential experience requirement of
the criteria for this post the College will waive this requirement.
Applicants should note that the above criteria are the minimum requirements only and
may be enhanced at the discretion of the short-listing panel.

Under the provision of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 this post is
deemed to be a regulated position
The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

There is a possibility that a reserve list will be retained if more applicants are deemed suitable
than posts exist. In the event the successful candidate fails to take up the post or if the post is
vacated within 6 months of the appointment date, the post may be offered to the next person on
the reserve list. This excludes posts where waiting lists will be created and maintained for a
specified period.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS TO BE RETURNED NOT LATER THAN
NOON ON FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2012



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NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE


JOB DESCRIPTION


POST TITLE:                LEARNING SUPPORT OFFICER

RESPONSIBLE TO:            Principal and Chief Executive

REPORTING TO:              Director of Learner Services through Principal Lecturer – Student
                           Support & Inclusive Learning

LOCATION:                  The postholder may be required to work at any of the College’s
                           buildings as necessary. The initial location will be Strand Road
                           Campus.
PURPOSE OF THE             The Learning Support Officer will assist in the provision of support
JOB:                       for all students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, ensuring
                           compliance with College policies and SENDO legislation. The post
                           holder will be required to assist the Learning Support Co-ordinator in
                           monitoring the quality of Learning Support provision across the
                           College, ensuring that set targets are achieved.

The Postholder will:

1    contribute to the interview, enrolment and induction process to identify students with
     learning needs and specific learning difficulties and/or disabilities;

2    carry out assessment of needs including screening test, initial assessments and special
     requirements in consultation with specialists, where appropriate;

3    devise individual programmes of learning and support for students with learning difficulties
     and/or disabilities;

4    organise, co-ordinate and review individual learning plans and supplementary individual
     learning agreements to address students’ learning and support needs;

5    monitor the provision of support being provided via external contracts;

6    act as one of the College’s designated persons in relation to Safeguarding;

7    liaise with SEN co-ordinators in feeder schools and other external support agencies such
     as Action on Hearing Loss, RNIB, CEDAR etc;

8    represent the College on committees and working groups as directed;

9    identify and source appropriate equipment for the effective support of students;

10   raise awareness and market the learning support services to both staff and students;

11   maintain student records in a systematic way and ensure all required information is
     appropriately recorded on the College MIS in a timely fashion;

12   prepare reports for senior management as directed;

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13   participate in curriculum and staff development;

14   contribute to the College Development Plan;

15   comply with and actively promote College policies and procedures on all aspects of
     equality;

16   undertake any other duties as required by the College’s Principal and Chief Executive or
     persons carrying his delegated authority.

The list of duties is not exhaustive. The postholder will be expected to undertake other relevant
duties in order to meet any changing operational requirements.


PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION


CRITERIA
Applicants must have at least:

Essential:

1      2 GCE ‘A’ level grades A-E or an equivalent level 3 qualification;
       OR
2      two years’ experience in co-ordinating and providing additional support to learners with
       learning difficulties and disabilities;
AND
3   a current driving licence and access to a car (applicants with a disability who have been
    prevented from obtaining a driving licence due to their disability are eligible to apply).

Desirable:

4      OCR/RSA Diploma for Teachers of Learners with specific learning difficulties or
       equivalent qualification.

If, as a direct result of a disability you can not fully meet the essential experience requirement of
the criteria for this post the College will waive this requirement.

KNOWLEDGE
Essential:
SENDO
Safeguarding
SPECIAL APTITUDES
Essential:
Communication Skills (tested via a psychometric test)
Interpersonal Skills
Understanding the needs of those who have learning difficulties/disabilities
Organisational Skills
Teamworking Skills




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In addition to assessing the applicant’s ability to perform the duties of the post the interview will
explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and
vulnerable adults.
Prior to interview all shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a
pre-employment assessment in relation to communication skills and those who are
successful in this process will proceed to interview.

Applicants should note that the above criteria are the minimum requirements only and
may be enhanced at the discretion of the short-listing panel.

Applicants should include on their application ALL the information they wish to have considered,
as information not on the application form cannot be taken into account. Please note that the
application form should be completed in full.

Each aspect of the criteria indicated in the job description should be addressed in full on
your application form at Part B. Your application will be shortlisted solely on the basis of
the information provided by you in this section of the form.

ATTACHED CVS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

TERMS AND CONDITIONS


Terms and conditions of employment are those as laid down by the
Non-Teaching Negotiating Committee for Further Education in Northern Ireland and will include
locally agreed terms and conditions.

Salary Scale
Band 4, Scale Column Point 18, £17,163 rising by annual increments to Point 25, £21,519
per annum.

Hours of Work
The hours of work will not normally be less than 36 per week. The hours of duty which may be
on any of the College sites will be such as laid down to meet the needs of the College and may
include periods of duty after, as well as before 5.00 pm on any Monday to Friday.

Annual Leave Entitlement
Entitlement to annual leave is 21 days in a full holiday year in addition to 12 public and extra
statutory holidays. Entitlement to leave in the first year of employment is pro-rata to the number
of months completed.

Pension Scheme
There is an Occupational Pension Scheme relating to employment with the College i.e. the
Local Government Pension Scheme (Northern Ireland). However if you have a contract of less
than 3 months or you are employed in a casual nature you will be ineligible to join the scheme.

Other Employment
No other employment should be entered into during the period of employment with the North
West Regional College. No employment by or in the service of another person or body should
be undertaken except with express approval of the Principal and Chief Executive.




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EQUALITY


All staff have an obligation to comply with the statutory duties relating to Section 75 of the
Northern Ireland Act 1998 and will be required to contribute to the implementation of the
College’s Equality Scheme drawn up in accordance with this legislation.
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CANVASSING AND REFEREES


Canvassing directly or indirectly will lead to disqualification.

The North West Regional College as a public authority is committed to the promotion of Equality
of Opportunity in accordance with the Northern Ireland Act 1998 Section 75.
Under the provision of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups (NI) Order 2007 this post is
deemed to be a regulated position.
The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
KD/lmc
Sept 12




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