Post 16 Therapy Assistant
Posted on Jan 24, 2019 by BLOSSOM HOUSE SCHOOL
Blossom House is an Ofsted-rated "Outstanding" specialist school for children aged 3 - 19 years of age with speech, language and communication difficulties. Although many of the children have some associated difficulties such as fine motor problems or poor organisational skills, they are all within the average range of cognitive abilities.
Post 16 Therapy Assistant
We have an exciting opportunity for a Therapy Assistant to join our Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy Team, supporting students who have speech, language and communication difficulties. The ideal candidate will have excellent English skills (clear written and spoken English) and good reading, writing and numeracy skills, along with the ability to build good working relationships with young people, teachers, parents and carers. Experience of working with young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) is desirable.
We are looking for a confident, enthusiastic Therapy Assistant with a passion for learning and excellent inter-personal skills who enjoys working as part of a team in our independent school. The role involves supporting students in a group and individual setting, assisting therapists to deliver community and class based programmes, helping to maintain the learning environments and assisting with administration. The ideal candidate will have excellent administrative and computer skills as they make up a large part of the role. You will also be required to work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team.
- A supportive working environment in a newly refurbished building.
- Small class sizes and the opportunity to work 1-1 with young people where possible.
- Support from an enthusiastic and dedicated team of Therapy staff and Teachers who will work alongside you in the classroom. Our Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Art Therapists, Music Therapists and Play Therapists aim to maximise each child's potential in a nurturing and supportive environment.
- The opportunity to obtain a City & Guilds accredited qualification in Behaviour Support Management. We also deliver the Elklan course, which is an accredited speech and language training programme aimed at professionals working in schools.
- Continued professional development.
- An opportunity to pursue a career in Teaching or Therapy where applicable.
- Great staff benefits and a friendly nurturing environment.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Confidence, enthusiasm and a passion for learning.
- Excellent English skills (clear written and spoken English) along with good reading, writing and numeracy skills.
- The ability to build good working relationships with young people, teachers, parents and carers.
- Experience of working with young people with Special Education Needs (SEN), particularly young people on the Autism Spectrum.
- The ability to manage a small group of young people with complex social communication needs.
- The ability to promote positive behaviour in a nurturing environment is essential.
The role is a Permanent, Term-Time only role (36 weeks).
You will be required to work Monday to Friday, 08:30 - 17:00.
Annual salary: Salary dependent upon experience
Closing Date: Thursday, 7 th February 2019
Start Date: ASAP
Applicants will need to complete an application form detailing how they meet the requirements of the person specification, along with the recruitment activity detailed below.
If you wish to apply for this post, please download the application form from the school website and email your completed form via the button below.
For further information please contact:
Annerie Shephard, E-mail:
This role is subject to the relevant Safeguarding checks, which will include an Enhanced DBS check and right to work in the UK checks.