The starting salary for this position is £29,087 per annum based on a 36 hours per week, across 42 weeks of the year. The full-time equivalent salary is £31,262 per annnum. The role is term time, plus an additional 15 days per year. You will have a Surrey base and work in schools.
This position is offered as a 12 month fixed-term contract or secondment opportunity.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new initiative designed to support children with a range of additional needs in their reception year. Through working with key school staff, you will support children with speech and language development and social communication needs so that they can learn and thrive in their local school.
You will be part of a team of four dedicated Support Workers, supported by a Senior Support Worker and led jointly by a Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist. Training and ongoing professional development will be provided to ensure that you can confidently support settings and make a real difference to children's lives.
What do we do?
Some children may present with additional needs on school entry which may be of short or longer-term duration. Improved understanding together with the implementation of whole class approaches can make a real difference to both staff and children's experiences.
Sometimes it can be tricky to understand the child's additional needs, and this can make it difficult for staff to be confident about the most effective approaches and interventions to take.
Working with key staff to understand children's individual needs and to model and trial strategies will also make a positive difference to both staff and children. It is expected that ALL children in Reception will benefit from a language rich environment and the enhanced offer.
The Support Team you will be joining will have expertise in whole class approaches, modelling strategies and understanding individual needs and interventions. Team members will be deployed in line with their expertise in relation to the support needs identified with the school. The support team will additionally signpost to additional support and advice in line with the Inclusion and Additional Needs and wider early help offer.
This is a great opportunity to further develop your skills as a member of the team and to work in a more autonomous way to develop our service to those in schools with speech, language and communication needs.
Your main duties as a Language and Communication Support Worker will include:
- Delivery and implementation of support for whole school approaches for children with language and communication needs
- Supporting key school staff to triage, assess and agree individual/group interventions for children in line with the Inclusion and Additional Needs Service Offer
- Modelling strategies to school staff and problem solving with the class team around meeting children's needs
- Supporting with target setting, monitoring and review
- Contributing to evaluation data for this pilot and contributing to project work to develop the team
- Active engagement with supervision and a commitment to continuous professional development
To be considered for shortlisting for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- A minimum of three years paid experience of working with children and young people with additional/special educational needs
- Experience of working within mainstream education settings
- Ability to work independently and flexibly
- A passion and enthusiasm for working with children with additional needs and disabilities
- Experience and knowledge of evidence based language and communication strategies and approaches
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 28th September with interviews taking place week commencing 2nd October 2023.
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.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.