Speech & Language Therapist - Colchester

Doucecroft School, Colchester
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Job Ref No. ECC0-120 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Competitive (Depending on experience)
Position Start Date: 01/06/2024 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 18/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: As soon as possible  

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Autism Anglia and Doucecroft School, based in Colchester, are seeking a highly motivated Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) following the successful career development of current staff.

The post holder will provide support for pupils' communication ability and participate in the continuing development of these services under the direction of the Therapy Lead for pupils with ASD and associated Mental Health needs. The successful Speech and Language Therapist will also be supporting a like-minded multidisciplinary team consisting of Occupational Therapists, Clinical/Educational Phycologists, and other clinical staff.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity. Autism Anglia and Doucecroft School provide ongoing specialist training including leadership, autism-specific, curriculum and therapeutic training opportunities, supervision, and continuing professional development and support.A thorough and structured induction is also on offer at the commencement of employment.

  • Location: Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester, CO6 3QL
  • Hours: Full time or partime - term time, or full year
  • Salary: £36,545,- £43,742 FTE

The school:

Doucecroft School is a vibrant, dynamic, and highly supportive specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, aged 5 -19 years. Doucecroft has a"Good" Ofsted rating, where we provide a nurturing environment where students can thrive and grow in independence and self-esteem.

We offer bespoke, individualised education with a proven track record of dramatically raising the outcomes for the students who have completed their education with us. Our approach ensures that through our curriculum and delivery, we focus on delivering quality-of-life outcomes, with specialist therapists and professionals providing expertise in addition to the highly skilled education team.

All staff within the school are committed to striving towards outstanding, led by an enthusiastic and dynamic senior leadership team.

The Role

  • Assessing new pupils' and reviewing existing pupils' communication needs within the school
  • Developing communication targets for your allocated pupils (in collaboration with teaching and care staff) and regularly monitoring and reviewing these targets
  • Delivering individual and group therapy, where required
  • Attending Multi-disciplinary team meetings and annual reviews
  • Delivering training to the wider professional team to develop their skills in effective communication with Autistic individuals
  • Supervision of less experienced Speech and Language Therapists, Therapy assistants and therapy students.

Applications are welcome from Speech & Language Therapists with the following:

  • A recognised qualification in Speech and Language Therapy is essential.
  • A member of RCSLT and HCPC essential
  • Previous experience of working with Autistic individuals is essential.
  • Supervision experienced highly advantageous
  • Competent clinical knowledge of communication problems associated with autism.
  • Experience with intervention techniques such as AAC, Intensive Interaction, signing, and visual support systems.
  • Knowledge of special educational needs and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • A confident, caring and proactive attitude
  • Experience in writing annual review reports to contribute towards Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) is highly desirable.
  • Working within a school setting
  • Working within a residential and supported living setting
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary team

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams
  • Free onsite parking
  • Casual dress
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub,which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme
  • By its nature, Doucecroft School offers an excellent work/life balance reflected by the school's ethos,small class sizes, and a senior leadership team who are committed to reducing the administrative tasks of its teachers, to allow teaching staff to focus heavily on direct outcomes for the students.

To apply:

If you have a genuine passion for providing excellent education to all, your outstanding future at Doucecroft School could be moments away.Apply now by clicking on the link below or contact Jenny Walshe on 01206 577 678 OR email Recruitment@autism-anglia.org.uk to arrange a confidential discussion.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who can meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

Information about the School

Doucecroft School is a specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, age 3 –19 years. Established in 1977, we are experienced and successful in meeting the needs of students with wide-ranging strengths and needs, providing a nurturing environment where students are able to thrive and grow in independence and self-esteem.

Students can benefit from our flexible boarding provision or can attend school as day students and come from across the Anglia region and the London boroughs.

Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy are provided on-site by our experienced therapy team.

Doucecroft School is part of Autism Anglia, a regional charity working with children, adults and families affected by Autism.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Natalie Dwan
Abbotts Lane
Eight Ash Green, Colchester
Essex, CO6 3QL
Telephone: 01206 771234
Email: recruitment@autism-anglia.org.uk

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