• Swalcliffe Park School
  • Oxfordshire, UK
  • 21 Jun, 2022
Permanent Education Mainstream and specialist schools Paediatric

Job Description

Are you an experienced NHS Band 7 (or equivalent) Lead Speech & Language Therapist looking to progress in your career in Leadership & Management and develop further your clinical specialism working with autistic and neurodiverse young people? And do you have a passion to empower and support then quality of life of autistic and neurodiverse young people? If so, Swalcliffe Park School wants to hear from you.

Swalcliffe Park School is a specialist day and residential school for autistic young people aged 10- 19 years old with cooccurring conditions such as language disorder associated with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and mental health conditions. The Speech and Language Therapy team is fully integrated within the school and offers therapeutic provision to our young people through whole school and environmental support as well as direct specialist support. We are committed to providing outstanding and individualised care which promotes and develops the quality of life of our young people and their families.

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, creative and forward-thinking leader of Speech and Language provision to temporarily lead our friendly, innovative team of three Speech and Language Therapists, be a member of the School’s Senior Leadership Team and have lead responsibility for our Communication strand of the School Improvement Plan.

This role, depending upon the Band/Grade appointed to, includes:
• Work collaboratively with SLT and Management team colleagues to help ensure that the school maintains an “Outstanding” OFSTED judgement for the quality of education and care provided for all students;
• Lead and manage the Communication strand of the School Improvement Plan (SIP);
• Act as joint Strategic and Policy Lead for Therapy with the Assistant Principal: Self Management;
Lead and manage MDT working;
• Contribute and support the effective Referrals, Admissions and Transitions processes of the school;
• Lead and manage the school’s Provision Mapping and the school’s Literacy and Dyslexia intervention plan;
• Contribute to the school’s self-evaluation processes and culture of reflective practice;
• Lead and manage the work of the Quality of Life Manager, Assistant and the Integrated Speech and Language Therapy team within SPS;
• Responsibility for a manageable caseload completing assessment and delivering individual, small group and/or class-based interventions using evidence-based approaches;
• Supporting both the education and residential aspects of the school to create a therapy informed environment; and
• Strong MDT working including planning and delivery of joint assessments and joint therapy sessions with Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology teams.

As part of the Quality of Life (QoL) research that Swalcliffe Park School is leading, the role also includes promoting and developing language, social and communication skills within independence activities and functional life situations. This includes planning and delivering independence lessons and opportunities to support our young people within their immediate and wider communities.

The candidate must be registered with HCPC and RCSLT.

What can Swalcliffe Park school offer you?
• For employed staff - Outstanding benefits package including 13 weeks paid school holidays and pension scheme (LGPS)
• Beautiful countryside setting
• Ample and free onsite parking
• Working in an ‘Outstanding’ (2019 & 2022 Residential) Ofsted rated school with Advanced Autism accreditation
• Comprehensive induction and ongoing training opportunities
• Development of clinical specialism in working with neurodiverse young people with a range of mental health conditions
• Access to a wide range of assessment and resources to support clinical work
• Regular CPD, onsite clinical supervision and access to relevant CENs
• Weekly team meetings for peer supervision and support
• Career development opportunities
• Supportive and friendly multi-disciplinary team
• MDT working
• Fully integrated working within the school in a well established therapy service

Closing Date: Open until post appointed to. Applications will be assessed for suitability upon receipt; an
early application is advised.

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact Rob Leigh, Vice Principal, by telephoning 0777 2319091 or the school on 01295 780302 or by emailing rleigh@swalcliffepark.co.uk .
To apply for this role, please send your CV to Jenny Rigby, HR & Compliance Manager by emailing jrigby@swalcliffepark.co.uk . Candidates will then be asked to complete our Application Form, when being considered for interview.

For further information about the school, please see our website: www.swalcliffepark.co.uk

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an enhanced disclosure. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Start Date

Negotiable, ideal start date - beginning of 2022-23 academic year, 2nd September 2022

Salary Band

Band 7, Band 8


Full time

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