NQ Speech and Language Therapist (38wks)

  • The Witherslack Group Ltd
  • Mitcham, UK
  • 09 May, 2023
Permanent Education Mainstream and specialist schools Paediatric

Job Description

Team: Therapeutic Services

Salary: £31,031 - £38,077 + excellent benefits

Interview Date: Thursday, 08 June 2023

Closing date:  Friday, 02 June 2023, 23:59


Those Huge Small Victories

Our clinicians are fulfilled by the idea of affecting even the smallest positive changes in our young people, so we celebrate the little things.

Get out what you put in

Lavender Lodge school resides within an 18th Century building in the heart of Mitcham. Our pupils come from many different boroughs to attend our school and are lucky to experience ‘a life changing love of learning.’ We are proud of our pupils and our dedicated team and pupils leave us with a sense of achievement. We were recently recognised as Good by Ofsted.

Skill set requirements –

  • Must have worked with pupils who are autistic and have previous experience of this
  • Needs to be able to communicate in a variety of ways as 70% of our pupils are non-verbal e.g. can use Makaton, picture display symbols – we use PEC’s and PODD, have experience working with non -verbal pupils
  • Have worked with pupils who display challenging behaviour but would have the will and desire to support pupils to manage their behaviour and also for you to work to understand the  function of the behaviour
  • Be flexible to work with pupils from 4 through to 11 years old
  • Be able to think outside the box in regards to delivering lessons. We have lots of tools to help support this, but our pupils need a bespoke and accessible curriculum

Have an awareness of autism strategies such as TEACCH, attention autism and use of PODD and be able to use these in practise

Our clinicians are a crucial part of the most joined-up model in SEND. Across all of our specialist schools and children’s homes, we provide unrivalled levels of clinical support, both in terms of our expertise and breadth of provision. Our young people present with a complexity of need including developmental trauma, neuro-developmental conditions and special educational needs.

As part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team you will be supporting educational and residential colleagues to provide therapeutic living and learning environments and, based on clinical assessment and formulation, offer individualised interventions and engagement to our young people. Many of our schools have ADHD advanced Practitioners, are working toward Communication Friendly Schools and are Autism Accredited.

Our Speech and Language Therapists work collaboratively within our schools and children’s homes, this ensures that therapeutic support permeates every aspect of the education, care and support we offer. You will provide consultation, workshops, training and guidance to the educational and residential teams around our children.

What we do for you

We know you’re going to do great things. For your hard work and commitment, we reward you with the best salary and benefits package in the sector. With us, you’ll get to make a genuine difference to the lives of our young people – plus you’ll get:

  • Training: A full induction and on the job training
  • Holiday: You’ll work hard at WG, so you’ll be rewarded with full school holidays/35 days holiday including bank holidays
  • Clinical Development: If career growth and professional advancement is your thing, we provide a leading programme of clinical learning and development
  • Flexible benefits: meaning you can increase/decrease benefits such as life insurance – check out our benefits here
  • Wellbeing: a host of wellbeing tools and advice including employee assistance
  • Medical cover so you can claim back the cost of things like an opticians or dentist appointment and a host of high-street discounts
  • A recommend a friend scheme that offers a £2,000 bonus every time

Bring your whole self to work

Our young people come from all walks of life, diverse backgrounds and with different needs – and our workforce reflects that diversity, so that our teams can engage, encourage and inspire our young people to be themselves. The kind of person we’re looking for will:

  • Be a qualified Speech and Language Therapist registered with the HCPC
  • Have proven skills and experience to engage and deliver therapeutic interventions with children and young people with complex needs
  • Have experience of supporting the team around a child or young person to provide clinically informed living and learning environments and experiences
  • Be a confident, engaging and effective, model, guide, leader and trainer.
  • Be highly organised and ready to take the initiative
  • Be committed to ensuring the best outcomes for young people

This is a great opportunity to change young lives and have a positive impact on their future. Embedded within our living and learning environments you will be offered the support, resource and platform for you to do great things. You’ll benefit from supervision, a clinical development programme and access to a 120+ strong team of multi-disciplinary clinical colleagues who will be with you every step of the way.

Interested in joining us?

Our young people deserve the best possible future and we feel the same about our teams. You deserve to have the career you want, with a purpose-led employer, in an environment that allows you to be yourself.

The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check (we will cover the cost) and an online search. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Job Start Date

ASAP or negotiable

Salary Band

Band 6, Band 7


Full time