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Speech and Language Therapist Required for September 2021

Greater London
Contract type:
Full time
NHS band:
Band 5, Band 6
Specialist areas:
Education, Paediatric, Mainstream and special schools
Start Date:
September 2021
Riverston School
Job Ref:

Speech and Language Therapist Required for September 2021
Salary range: £28 - £35k, depending on experience.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed full-time Speech and Language Therapist to join our successful therapy team in an Independent inclusive school based in South-East London.

We work with children between 9 months-19 years of age with additional needs including Autism, ADHD, MLD, Downs Syndrome, and social communication and interaction difficulties.

The role includes carrying out SALT assessments/reviews, and providing programmes, advice and intervention to an array of students who require therapy as part of the requirements of their EHCP’s, and to those pupils who have been placed at school specifically because of their language difficulties and are funded privately. The intervention is mostly delivered within the school Therapy Centre in a separate fully resourced SALT room, but observing and monitoring will also take place in a classroom environment.

The School

Our school has a strong inclusive ethos and has received NAS Accreditation for the outstanding support we provide our students who have Autism (2017).

The therapy team currently consists of a Speech and Language Therapist, OT, Literacy and Dyslexia specialists, a Counsellor and a School Nurse who work closely together as an all-round therapeutic team to meet the needs of our students. Class sizes are small, with approximately 6-12 pupils per class, which contributes to an effective learning provision. We feel it is important that our therapists are fully integrated into the school setting and they provide frequent training, weekly updates on students, and participate in weekly multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings with members from the SEND and Middle Leadership Team. There are many opportunities for CPD through internal and external training.

The Role

• Assessment and observation of children with EHCP’s, privately funded pupils or children referred to the service from within the school.
• Planning and writing appropriate child-centred therapy programmes
• Delivering group and individual therapy as required, and integrating therapy into the class rooms and curriculum
• Lead social communication groups under the direction of the SENCO and Director of Studies as part of the curriculum on offer
• Evaluate therapeutic intervention including sending reports on progress to parents, and maintaining a close relationship with external agencies, including local authority personnel
• Providing advice and therapy programmes to teaching staff and LSA’s, parents and other health professionals
• Assessing and evaluating therapy outcomes, and contributing to Annual Review meetings by report writing. Attendance is required
• To ensure standards of Health and Safety requirements are maintained.

Essential criteria

• Band 6 preferable, though we will also consider Band 5 with 2+ years’ experience.
• Recognised SALT degree/qualification
• RCSLT Registered or equivalent. HCPC Licence to Practice
• Evidence of historical CPD
• Previous experience of working with children is absolutely essential
• Received Safeguarding training and understands personal responsibilities with regards to KCSIE
• Knowledge of Health and Education Policies relevant to this setting and their application to practice
• Specialist knowledge of SALT assessments and interventions
• Experience in writing Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) reports/targets.
• Experience in supporting functional life skills, anxiety & emotional regulation difficulties, and perceptual skills.
• Able to deliver and present staff training during INSET

This role requires the successful candidate to be fully immersed in the life of the school. Hours of work are 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. 5 weeks holiday to be taken during school holidays, excluding Bank Holidays and when the school is closed at Christmas and Easter

Candidates are requested to send CV’s and a covering letter for the attention of the Headmistress to:
Mrs M. Aldridge,
PA to the Head
Riverston School,
63/69 Eltham Road,
Lee, London SE12 8UF

For further information, including a Job Description and to receive an Application Form please contact Mrs M. Aldridge, at the following email address or Tel: 0208 318 4327

Closing Date:
Contact Details:
Riverston School
Tel: -
Contact: M Mahoney

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