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Our school-based SLT service is expanding! We are innovative, supportive and outcome-focused, with excellent supervision and CPD opportunities in our large team.
We are introducing new posts for Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Assistants to support the development of the service and to meet the needs of a range of children predominantly, but not exclusively, within mainstream schools.
In this role, you will work under the direction of Speech and Language Therapists in the team but will be expected to spend a large amount of the working week working autonomously within schools. These Specialist Assistants will have a role in the development and support of new or less experienced assistants in the team and take part in service development work.
£25,374 actual salary per annum for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year. You will have a main Surrey base and work in schools.
All therapy staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to allow flexible working, and we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance, considering flexible working and job sharing where possible. You will benefit from a generous Local government salary-related pension offered, discounted child care vouchers, and the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
About the role
About the Service
The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Service is part of Surrey County Council’s local SEND offer, working collaboratively in the Vulnerable Learners team in Surrey Children, Schools and Families Directorate, with other teams like educational psychology, and specialist teachers.
We aim to deliver the right support at the right time, through assessment and intervention, and by equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN. We follow the Balance model to offer universal, targeted and specialist support for children, families, and the school workforce, and work with children and young people with EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.
About the Role
This is a great opportunity to further develop your clinical skills as a non-qualified member of the team and to work in a more autonomous way in order to develop our service to those in schools with speech, language and communication needs.
Your main duties in the role of Specialist Speech and Language Therapy Assistant will include but not be limited to:
- Working individually with a child/ young person within a school, giving feedback on therapy plans and reviewing targets. As a specialist therapy assistant, we would expect you to be able to identify appropriate new targets for the link therapist
- Feedback to parents on their child’s progress
- Modelling strategies to class teachers/ teaching assistants
- Problem solving with the class team around meeting children’s needs, seeking support and guidance from the link therapist where this falls outside your knowledge and experience
- Working with small groups, setting and reviewing group session plans, seeking support and guidance from the link therapist where this falls outside your knowledge and experience
- Offering shadowing opportunities and peer support to less experienced SLTAs
- Leading assistant meetings
- Contributing to project work to develop the team
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Significant experience of working with children and young people as an SLT Assistant, a minimum of 5 years is desirable
- Significant experience of working in mainstream schools as an SLT assistant but additional special schools/ specialist centre experience would also be of benefit
- Ability to work independently and flexibly
- Experience and knowledge of communication strategies and approaches used in Speech and Language Therapy in mainstream schools
For more information please find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification.
For an informal discussion contact Barbara Paulger on 07970 765803 or by e-mail Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this advert is 6th July 2020, although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of closing date. Interview dates to be confirmed.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
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