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Contract Type:
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Full time
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Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 10/12/2020 00:00
£45434 -50151
Hours per week:
1fte Teachers TCs
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Employment Location:
County Hall
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Closing date:
10 Dec

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Lead Practitioner for ASD

The Council

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across the largest county in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The Service

The NCC Autism Support Service is made up of 5 Specialist Teachers who provide a range of services into schools and settings throughout Northumberland. The Autism Support Team aims to help meet the needs of children and young people with Social communication/ASD needs. The day to day operational management and organisation of the team is the responsibility of the Lead Practitioner who in turn reports to the High Incidence Needs Team Manager. The service operates from a centralised base in Ashington working peripatetically into schools and settings.

For further information about the Northumberland Autism Support Service please click here

The role

The Northumberland Autism Support Service is a peripatetic team working with school staff and multi-disciplinary professionals to assess the needs of learners (predominantly between the ages of 3 and 16 years old) with Social Communication Needs or a diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder and subsequently support the school or setting in the implementation and evaluation of appropriate strategies and approaches. We place a strong emphasis on building capacity within schools through a process of consultation and training.

We are looking for a qualified primary or secondary trained teacher with a significant level of experience working in the field of ASD who can demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of evidence based strategies and approaches to support learners with Social Communication/ASD needs. The successful candidate will also: have previous experience of managing staff; be highly motivated; an effective communicator with excellent report writing, time management and organisational skills; committed to supporting inclusion within mainstream school settings; able to interact with ease with colleagues, staff in schools, pupils and parents demonstrating high standards of spoken English and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of a peripatetic teacher working in a large rural county.

In addition to carrying a caseload the Lead Practitioner will also be responsible for:

acting as the professional lead for ASD within the Autism Support Service and wider Northumberland Inclusive Education services

the strategic leadership of autism within the Autism Support Service under the direction of the High Incidence Needs Manager

ensuring compliance with professional standards as applicable to this professional group from within NCC and beyond

managing designated tasks and functions on behalf of the High Incidence Needs Manager

monitoring, supervising and appraising the professional practice of staff employed within the Autism Support Service and other nominated staff within the High Incidence Needs Teams.

The purpose of the job is:

the day to day operational management of the Autism Support Service under the supervision of the High Incidence Needs Manager

to conduct the performance management of and provide supervision for staff within the Autism Support Service and other nominated staff within the High Incidence Needs Teams as required

to provide specialist support and advice for children and young people with Social Communication/ASD needs within schools/settings across Northumberland.

to be responsible for a personal caseload of pre-school and school age children, including provision of assessment and individually tailored intervention programmes for children with Social Communication/ASD needs.

to enable schools and settings to develop their abilities and skills to meet the Social Communication/ASD needs of their pupils, as identified through targeted work focused on early intervention and prevention.

We are offering:

Leadership Pay Scale L4 to L8

Employment on Teachers Terms and Conditions

A comprehensive induction plan

Generous CPD provision

Travel expenses

Essential Requirements:

Knowledge and Qualifications

Primary or Secondary Teaching qualification with QTS

Honours Degree

Specialist Certificate/Diploma in Autism and Education


The post holder should have experience of:

working with pupils who have a wide range of social communication/ASD needs in mainstream schools/settings

Multi Agency working to meet needs of children, young people and their families using frameworks such as EHA

Organising, planning and delivering training to a wide range of audiences

Motivating and inspiring others to work together towards a shared goal

Conflict resolution

Evaluating the impact of work to improve practice

Listening to and working with children and young people across all phases of education

Contributing to and delivering on service development plans / targets

Listening to and working with school staff and parents/carers

Managing staff

Skills and Competencies

The post holder should be able to:

Implement statutory and mandatory guidance, service and team development plans

Negotiate and problem solve to resolve complex issues

Understand and use I.T. resources

Understand and be able to use spreadsheets and other data management mechanisms

Follow policies and procedures within the employing body to ensure your own and others safety

Manage multiple and sometimes conflicting demands, prioritise time and deliver to tight deadlines

Work independently and as part of a team

Be a self-starter and motivate others

Facilitate innovative practices for the benefit of children, young people and their families

Reflect upon and strive to improve personal practice

Offer and accept constructive criticism to improve outcomes for children and young people

Manage oneself and others through periods of change and uncertainty

work as a team member in partnership with teachers, parents and other professionals

communicate effectively with pupils, colleagues, parents and other professionals, both verbally and in writing

assess a wide range of difficulties associated with ASD

plan and support the implementation of individual education programmes in relation to pupils with ASD taking account of curriculum needs and enabling inclusion

advise and train involved professionals and colleagues

demonstrate effective guidance and management skills

understand and adhere to the need for confidentiality

Physical, Mental and Emotional Demands

The post holder should have the ability to:

work under pressure and respond flexibly to changing situations

meet statutory deadlines

remain calm in response to challenging behaviour

deal effectively with emotionally challenging people and situations

support colleagues experiencing emotionally challenging situations within their professional role


The post holder must:

have an understanding of safeguarding policies and procedures and ability to follow these as required.

maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated guidelines where appropriate.


The closing date is the 9th December 2020 at midnight

Please note that successful applicants must be able to attend an interview at Aesca House, South View, Ashington, NE63 OSF

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Rebecca Harding (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or rebecca.harding@northumberland.gov.uk . We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

For further information or an informal discussion about the post, please contact Fiona Tarn, HINT Manager, Email: Fiona.Tarn@northumberlnd.gov.uk

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please contact Fiona Tarn or email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk.

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