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Advisory Teacher for Vision Impairment

Closing date
11 Oct 2021

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Full Time
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The salary for this position is Teachers' Main Pay Scale (fringe): £26,948-£38,174 per annum. If the successful applicant is on the Upper Pay Scale, the salary is £39,864-£42,780. For both, 1 or 2 SEN points are payable dependent on whether you hold the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (MQVI) and/or Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Multisensory Impairment (MQMSI). The role is offered as full time (i.e. 5 days per week/ 32.5 hours).

We, Physical and Sensory Support (PSS) with Surrey County Council, are looking to recruit to the role of full-time Advisory Teacher for Vision Impairment (ATVI).

The Service

We are a body of professionals within Education and Lifelong Learning under the Vulnerable Learners team within the directorate for Children, Families and Lifelong Learning.

We work with children and students from 0-25 (and beyond) with physical disability (PD) and/or sensory impairment (SI) i.e. multisensory impairment (MSI), hearing impairment(HI), vision impairment (VI) who use assistive technology (AT) and devices for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

The Team

We are made up of Specialist Teachers, Specialist Teaching Assistants, a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for AAC, a Deaf Instructor, Student Support Workers, a Specialist HI Technician for Audiology, an Audiologist in education, a Specialist VI Technician, BSL Interpreters and an Administration Team underpinning the work we do.

Our Goal and Purpose:

Our work on behalf of Surrey County Council and directed at children and students with PD and/or SI and/or who use AT/AAC is to facilitate this vulnerable cohort's full inclusion and participation in all learning experiences (evidenced by improved progress and attainment) so that they become socially skilled, emotionally resilient and active members of their communities.

More about the role:

As an ATVI, you will be working as part of PSS (Home and School - 0 to 18 years). You will be a key member of this multi-professional team, delivering a service centred on the Expanded Core Curriculum to children/students with VI from 0 to 18 years, their families and their education settings. A significant number of these children/students are registered sight impaired/severely sight impaired and are (or will) be braillists.

To be considered for short-listing, your application, in the first instance, will need to evidence your recent experience of working as a Teacher in an educational setting or as a centrally employed Teacher for a local authority. In addition you will also:
  • Have QTS (qualified teacher status) or QTLS (qualified teacher learning and skills)
  • Have the Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in teaching children/young people with VI or MSI or willingness to undertake a course of study for the MQVI if in possession of neither
  • Have experience with children/students who have special educational needs and disability
  • Be keen to, or have experience of, working with children/students with VI
  • Be keen to learn braille from the outset in order to teach it or have completed a braille course in order to teach it
  • Enjoy working in and with a team and is open to other people's ideas

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23.59 on Sunday 10th October 2021. Interviews are planned to take place on Tuesday 19th October (but to be confirmed).

Being a peripatetic role, you will be required to hold a valid driving licence and have access to a car, insured for business use.

The start date for this role will be 4th January 2022 (or earlier).

Contact Details

If this is the role for you and you would like to discuss this or have any queries, please contact Peter Abbotts, Professional Lead for Sensory Impairment, on 01483 519215 or via email at

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.


We are committed to providing a healthy work life balance with flexible and remote working options available. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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