the Deaf Academy, 1 Douglas Avenue, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2AU

Employer: the Deaf Academy

Salary: Salary scale between £24,514 to £28,676* (full time equivalent)

Closing: 26th April 2024

BSL Level 3 trained, or working at that level ready to take your BSL Level 3 qualification? We are looking to recruit several CSW’s to support students both on and off site. Your role will be to support students at Further Education provisions to facilitate two-way communication between our deaf students, their mainstream tutors and wider peer group. This will also include taking notes, modifying English and other resources to make them accessible to our students. The role may also be to support students whilst at work placements, providing access to information and communication with others. We’ll also sponsor you through further BSL qualifications through our Signature registered in-house BSL Tutors.

Are you looking for a new challenge? For a rewarding career where you can make a real difference? If so, then we would love to hear from you! Working at the Deaf Academy, you can be certain that you are part of a team that does its utmost to inspire and enable our young people to thrive. Preparing young people for a happy, healthy and fulfilling future is what it’s all about for us. The Deaf Academy operates from a £12m new award-winning campus for day and residential students. This is a unique opportunity to join our fantastic team and directly impact our young people’s experience. And if you’re moving to the area, we’d love to have a chat about our relocation package to see how it might help you to take the next step in your career.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support deaf learners of different ages on a range of courses levels 1 & 2
  • Provide reinforcement of curriculum content for deaf learners at levels 1 & 2
  • Support deaf learners through sign language communication, note-taking, language modification and lip-speaking
  • Support students on pre-supported internships and supported internships
  • Work with the deaf learners to support/promote college life to promote their social/emotional development and independence
  • Be able to work on own initiative, with support of the Learning and Support Manager
  • Accompany students on recreational activities, work experience placements, and educational trips
  • Provide and respond to information from Teachers, Lecturers, and specialist Tutors about the needs of the deaf learner (for assignments, coursework and exams)
  • Maintain current and accurate records of support work at all times
  • Provide communication support in annual reviews, exams and meetings where required

Key Requirements:

  • A minimum of BSL Level 2 qualification is required, with BSL level 3 as desirable
  • Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE C / 4 or above)
  • Experience with supporting deaf learners in a communications context
  • Knowledge of Deaf culture and community
  • Good communication skills, whether written or oral
  • Ability to liaise with curriculum and support staff at colleges
  • Empathetic and very patient with a supportive attitude to support students
  • Reliable and hardworking
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young adults
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours

We will offer:

  • A CPD program geared to your specific training needs.
  • Sponsorship to achieve qualifications in British Sign Language up to Level 3.
  • Group Personal Pension including 8% employer contribution.
  • Life Assurance up x3 of actual salary.
  • On-site parking.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Staff referral scheme totalling up to £500
  • The opportunity to join a committed team of professionals working together to secure high achievement for all our students.
  • Opportunity to work in a brand-new purpose-built campus located within a very close proximity to the beach.
  • Subsidised lunches for £2

To apply to this role: Click here, or for more information about the academy, please visit our website:

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 and 2020).

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults; as such an enhanced DBS disclosure is required.

The Academy is a Disability Committed Employer in promoting diversity and inclusion for all its students and staff. The Academy is also signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in supporting ex-service personnel in recognising their skills and experience.

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