Speech and Language Therapist

  • The Springfields Academy
  • Wiltshire, UK
  • 04 May, 2022
Permanent Education Mainstream and specialist schools Paediatric

Job Description

Name of School/Academy The Springfields Academy
Full Job vacancy title Speech and Language Therapist
Address Curzon Street, Calne Wiltshire SN11 0DS
Salary range Grade J Grade J - points 21-23, Full time = £30,451 - £32,234 - Actual Salary £26,981 - £ 28,562 (Pro-rata – 39 weeks)

Springfields Academy builds safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement from the ages of 5-19. We have 170 pupils attending our Calne site and 40 pupils at our Satellite provision in Salisbury. The post of Speech and Language Therapist has arisen due to the growth of our in house Therapy team in response in an increase in the complexity of pupil need.

The role of Speech and Language Therapist is an exciting role working within our multi-disclipnary Therapy Team in close collabouration with our existing SALT. The core purpose of the role is to provide expertise, advice and intervention for a varied communication caseload, working both discreetly and embedded within the educational environment across the academy.

It is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to work with a range of pupils with varied communication profiles alongside education, therapy and care staff to embed communication interventions in the daily pupil experience. This holistic therapeutic approach will ensure opportunities to help pupils develop the communication skills for a ‘safe, independent life’.

The role requires the successful candidate to have an understanding/commitment to understanding the theories of autism and their impact on communication for our pupils. They will have knowledge of how communication interventions can be applied in practice to meet individual need; in addition to creativity, flexibility, resilience and a commitment to meeting the communication needs of our pupils through innovative provision.

Part of the excitement of working at Springfields is the broad range of individuals that you will work with. Our young people with autism may have sensory needs, speech and language difficulties, or other conditions such as social, emotional and mental health needs. A key aspect of working at Springfields is taking the time to get to know pupils and their individual needs, and given their complexity, being able to create a safe, stimulating and supportive communication environment is crucial.

You will be joining a happy, hardworking and well-established multi-disciplinary Therapy Team. A key strength of the Therapy Team is their forward thinking, innovative approaches to ensure the best outcomes for pupils.

What we can offer you:

  • The opportunity to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable young people with autism.
  • The chance to build good working relationships with pupils and staff through consistent working patterns.
  • The opportunity to innovate communication strategies and interventions to meet varied communication needs.
  • A close-knit team of professionals who work in a supportive and inspirational environment.
  • An outstanding learning and therapuetic community.
  • The opportunity to be involved in wider-school life.
  • On-going, specialist professional development including clinical supervision. ∙ A comprehensive CPD package with opportunities for individual development. ∙ A commitment to ‘Healthy Working Lives’ through a comprehensive trust Employee Assistance programme
  • A work laptop
  • Therapuetic working space within our dedicated Therapy House.

What we are looking for:

  • Someone with a passion for making communication accessible for the autistic learner
  • A child-centred practitioner who responds to the individual needs of each child. ∙
  • A Speech and Language Therapist with good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate communication strategies to support pupils with this need.
  • A creative and flexible therapeutic approach that builds success through challenge, personalisation and innovation.
  • The confidence and skills to build positive relationships that help to break down barriers and build self-esteem.
  • A commitment to enabling all our pupils to overcome their challenges and achieve their potential.
  • Applications from newly qualified therapists will be considered.

Hours of work: 35 hours per week Full time. 39 weeks per annum - term time only.

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Full time