SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPIST (Grade G, equivalent to band 6)
The Learn to Live Federation comprises of two Special Schools, Ellen Tinkham in Exeter and Bidwell Brook in Dartington. Both schools cater for children and young people aged 3 – 19 with severe, profound and multiple difficulties.
The Federation is looking to appoint a fully qualified Speech & Language Therapist to lead the provision of Speech & Language therapy across the Federation (3 sites) – initial assessment, diagnosis, advice and therapy programmes as well as staff training.
Some of the main responsibilities would be:
• The provision of a Speech & Language therapy service to learners across the Federation with developmental and acquired disorders of speech, language, voice and fluency.
• To create and deliver training across the Federation in Total Communication – PECs, Intensive Interaction, core vocabulary etc.
• To write and update the Communication Curriculum and related policies.
• To identify students who require an assessment for a high-tech communication aid, and make the initial referral to AAC West for these students. Support the assessment procedure and then support class teams to put in place recommendations made by AAC West and to support them to monitor the individual students progress.
• To manage and review caseloads across the Federation
• To make referrals to the NHS Speech & Language Therapy service for a more detailed assessment of the learners communication strengths and needs.
• Create resources to support learners at all levels of the Communication Curriculum.
• Quality assure the Communication profiles for all new learners.
• Liaise with outside agencies, teachers and families.
You will be part of our Communication and Decision-Making Team and will supervise other members of staff within that team. It is not a requirement of the Federation’s Speech & Language Therapist to fulfil specified SALT provision written into EHCPs above and beyond responsibilities listed above.
You must be a qualified speech and language therapist and HPC Registration (Health Profession’s Council).
Students across the Federation have a wide range of needs which include developmental and acquired disorders of speech, language and social communication disorders, all requiring a range of assessment tools and support for children who present with difficult or challenging behaviour.
We can offer you a comprehensive induction programme, skilled supportive staff, CPD, staff wellbeing support and the opportunity to work across the Learn to Live Federation.
Working Hours: 5 days per week (36 hours per week), term time only (39 weeks).
Starting Salary: £27,180 per annum.
Please return completed application forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Friday 18th February 2022
Interview date: Wednesday 9th March 2022
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A current Safeguarding policy is in place. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.