The starting salary for this position is £22,957.94 per annum for 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year, pro-rata to £24,780. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year.
Do you have a passion for supporting children with communication difficulties at school? Have you been working on Speech and Language Therapy targets in the classroom? Do you know your Colourful Semantics from your Zones of Regulation?!
Our innovative and supportive school-based Speech and Language Therapy service is looking for a Senior Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to work in schools in South West Surrey. As well as working with children and young people under the direction of a Speech and Language Therapist, you will join a supportive network of Speech and Language Therapy Assistants who meet regularly for learning and peer support.
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 Inclusion and Additional Needs team in Surrey's Children, Families and Learning 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.
This is a great opportunity to work across schools in Surrey. The post is predominantly mainstream based, with the potential for working in a special school or specialist centre for 1 or 2 days per week depending on service needs and your experience.
Your main duties in the role of Senior Speech and Language Therapy Assistant will include (but not be limited to):
- Working individually with a child/ young person within the school or with small groups
- Modelling strategies to class teachers/ teaching assistants
- Making resources for the therapy team
- Offering shadowing opportunities and peer support to less experienced SLTAs
- Contributing to project work
In the current situation we are working remotely and delivering therapy via teletherapy methods
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- 2 years’ experience of working with children and young people as an SLT Assistant as part of a Speech and Language Therapy Team either within mainstream or specialist schools and centres
- Ability to work independently and flexibly
- Knowledge of communication strategies and approaches used in Speech and Language Therapy
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The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on Sunday 17th October although we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of the closing date. Interviews will be held on the week commencing 1st November (via Microsoft Teams).
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.
For an informal discussion please contact Peter Berrill (South West Area Lead, SLT) via email at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application.
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 and the option to join the car lease scheme. For more information, please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
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.