Speech & Language Therapist Lead

  • Unlocking Potential
  • London, UK
  • 06 May, 2022
Education Mainstream and specialist schools Paediatric

Job Description

Speech & Language Therapist Lead

  • Hours: There is flexibility in working patterns including: full-time, part-time and term-time working (minimum 43 weeks per year)
  • Pay: £40k-£43k per annum (depending on skills and experience)
  • Location: Central London Head Office with travel across London based schools


About the Role:


This is a fantastic opportunity for a Speech and Language Therapist (SALT) who is passionate about transforming children’s life chances and is keen to take on additional responsibility to shape a Speech and Language Therapy service in the field of Social Emotional Mental Health needs.  


In this role, you will oversee and develop Unlocking Potential’s SaLT service, ensuring that high quality Speech and Language Therapy is delivered across our two programmes, both of which provide high-quality support to children and families affected by social, emotional and mental health needs.


  • School’s Programme: Our school-based therapeutic service which benefits the whole school community. We currently work across primary schools in 6 London boroughs providing Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.


  • The Corner School (Wembley, Brent): Unlocking Potential’s own special independent primary school for children with complex SEMH needs, we were graded Good by Ofsted in 2022. SaLT is currently offered one day per week by our qualified part-time therapist.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to continue to develop your clinical skills, as you will be responsible for your own clinical caseload within the School’s Programme, as well as to take on additional responsibilities developing a growing service.

Drawing on your experience as a SALT, alongside your excellent communication and mentoring skills, you will: liaise with Universities and Colleges to provide us with SaLT trainees on block placements that you will provide placement support for; oversee a qualified SaLT; develop training and resources for schools and other professionals; contribute to the development of the charity at a management level.

There is real opportunity for you to make this role your own. We are looking for someone who is interested in working in an innovative, self-directed and flexible way, and who recognises the value of the therapeutic relationship and the power of direct therapy, as well as the need to empower those working around the children we support.

What we can offer you:

  • A defined and manageable caseload
  • Autonomy and flexibility to bring new ideas and contribute to service development
  • Access to clinical supervision
  • Opportunities for professional development and access to training
  • A competitive salary and range of employee benefits
  • A supportive team within a growing charity!

The full job description can be found here: https://up.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us-2/


How to apply:

Please apply for this role via our recruitment portal: https://up.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us-2/ by submitting a:


  • CV
  • Supporting statement (max 2 A4 pages). This should clearly demonstrate your suitability for the role, and how you meet the key criteria that has been set out within the person specification (we will be shortlisting candidates closely against the person specification).

Closing date: 31st May 2022 at 10.00am

Interview dates: Interviews will be arranged as applications are received and shortlisted, please don’t hesitate to make your application


Other Information:

  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It's a criminal offence for a person to work with a group from which they have been barred from working. All roles are subject to safer recruitment practices, and this position will require an Enhanced Disclosure with Barred list check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
  • Our children and families and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and we value the unique contribution that each individual can bring to UP. We strongly believe that a diverse and inclusive team is vital to our work, and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We are especially interested in hearing from individuals who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background
  • For an informal discussion, for further information, or if you require any reasonable adjustments at any stage of the application process, please contact: hr@up.org.uk
  • Candidate data is processed in line with UP’s privacy notice and Data Protection Policy.


About Unlocking Potential:

Unlocking Potential deliver high performing therapeutic programmes and education provision for children and young people with SEMH needs. We work in collaboration with families, communities, and other partners to ensure that children and young people access the interventions they need in order to thrive.

Our Mission

We work collaboratively with communities to enable children and young people with social, emotional, and mental health needs to unlock their full potential.


Our Programmes

Our services combine best practice from the fields of education, clinical excellence, career development and community organising to ensure that every child and young person can excel:

The Corner School

A special independent primary school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs. We work closely with local authorities to ensure that we can provide exceptional provision to children who require intensive, high quality specialist support to make excellent progress. It is our belief and mission that every child can learn and enjoy a fulfilling school life, regardless of their social, emotional and mental health needs.

The School’s Programme

A school based therapeutic service which benefits the whole school community. The programme provides high-quality support to children and families affected by social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). The programme currently works in primary schools across London boroughs, and we have a multi-disciplinary team including: Psychotherapists; Creative Arts Therapists; Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists, who provide flexible, timely and targeted interventions to improve emotional wellbeing in order to enhance children’s experience and progress at school and help children to thrive



We build trust by being honest, transparent, and accountable in the way we work with children and young people, staff, and partners and by providing services and programmes whose outcomes are measurable and evidenced based.


Relationships are at the heart of our work. We prioritise communication and collaboration with partners, families, and communities, believing that by working together we create more effective and holistic outcomes for children and young people.


We co-create opportunities for our children, young people, parents/carers and staff to actively participate in decision-making that influences change. We promote the voices of children and young people in our organisation and the wider community.


We provide a nurturing approach based on safety and space for creativity, exploration, and growth. We support and care for our children, young people, and staff to realise their potential.


We are committed to measuring our impact through a data driven method to develop our programmes and make a greater difference to the lives of children, young people, and their parents and carers.

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