Speech and Language Therapy Assistant – Surrey

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Surrey County Council



The starting salary for this position is £21,626 per annum based on a 36 hour working week, across 42 weeks per year (term time plus 15 working days in the school holidays), pro-rata to £23,243.

We have a brilliant opportunity for a full time Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to join our friendly team of Therapists and Assistants in southwest Surrey, covering the areas of Guildford and Waverley. We are a large and supportive team and can offer you strong line management, peer observations, joint working and a thorough induction and in-house training programme.

Your office base will be in Woking although as a team we promote agile and flexible working. You will work in a patch of mainstream schools in the southwest Surrey area and also work in specialist centres or special schools.

All our therapy staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to allow for agile working, and we are committed to providing you with a healthy work life balance, considering flexible working and job sharing where possible. You will benefit from a generous Local government salary-related pension, discounted child care vouchers, and the option to join the car lease scheme.

Our Service

The School-Aged Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of Surrey County Council's local SEND offer, working collaboratively in the Inclusion and Additional Needs team in Surrey Children, Schools and Families Directorate, with other teams like educational psychology, and specialist teachers.

We aim to deliver the right support at the right time, through assessment and intervention, and equipping families and professionals with the skills and resources to work together to help and support children with SLCN. We follow the Balance model to offer universal, targeted and specialist support for children, families, and the school workforce, and work with children and young people with Education, Health & Care Plans and those at Special Education Needs support.

In your role as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, you will play a pivotal part in supporting children to achieve the outcomes agreed by a Speech and Language Therapist in conjunction with the school and family through a range of activities including:

Working individually with a child / young person within the school

Modelling strategies to class teachers / teaching assistants

Working with a small group

Creating resources for the therapy team

To be considered for shortlisting for this position your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

Experience of working with children and young people, either within mainstream or specialist schools and centres

Experience of working on communication and interaction targets in conjunction with a therapy team

Ability to adapt your approach and communication style to help children communicate

Ability to work flexibly and independently

A full and valid driving licence with access to a vehicle

The closing date for this advert is 23:59 on 26th March 2023. Interviews will follow and take place via Microsoft Teams.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.


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