The Dragon seeks to appoint a qualified Speech, Language and Communication Therapist to join this well-resourced and dynamic department. The successful candidate will have a qualification in Speech and Language Therapy, be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and have had experience of supporting children with a range of Speech, Language, and Communication needs. This is a part time role working 3 days each week, term time only.
There are opportunities to become involved with and contribute to the wider school community and all that is on offer here at The Dragon. The School is large enough for a great variety of cultural and academic interests, including Sports, to be welcomed. It is also able to provide ample opportunities for further career progress and continuing professional development within the school. Protected time and resources are allocated for Clinical Supervision depending on the needs and wishes of the individual Therapist.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a member of the Speech, Language and Communication Department you will be required:
- To carry out both formal standardised assessments and informal assessment measures to identify the Speech, Language and Communication needs of each child, including observations as necessary.
- To provide a written summary and recommendations following initial assessment, subsequent assessments and reports as necessary and SMART communication targets/therapy programmes for each child based on our packages of care.
- To discuss strategies with Tutors, Subject Teachers, Learning Support and Houseparents, working closely with each child’s key team to support their communication skills, whether within the boarding environment, in the classroom, or more generally around school.
- To attend general staff, department and other meetings as required.
- To offer regular meetings and correspondence with parents to discuss support that is being put in place within the school environment, and offer support/guidance on how to manage and facilitate their child’s communication skills at home.
- To plan, prepare and deliver 1:1 therapy/group therapy as appropriate.
- To provide indirect intervention through a child’s key team where applicable.
- To assess, record and report on the development, progress and attainment of the pupils. Experience in using IT is needed for this.
- To provide whole school INSET and small group training for staff, and to offer support to staff where necessary.
- To liaise with external professionals where necessary - Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, CAMHS etc.
- To recognise the safeguarding implications for children with Speech, Language and Communication needs, and to work closely with our safeguarding leads to ensure that we consider the welfare and safeguarding implications for children with communication difficulties.
- To carry out the administrative tasks and duties outlined in detail in the Speech, Language and Communication Policy.