Occupational Therapist

TimePlan Education Group Ltd
Bexley, UK
10 Oct 2019
23 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Core Responsibilities and Tasks:
  • In addition to the core and general responsibilities, this role includes the following responsibilities:
  • To plan, resource & prepare effective and engaging therapy programmes for children (supported by the teacher and leaders).
  • To liaise professionally with colleagues as appropriate.
  • To build positive working relationships with children's families.
  • To ensure children responsible for are supervised and safe at all times .
  • To plan, lead and deliver whole-staff therapeutic training.
  • To ensure that therapy is facilitated ethically, safely and with consent from all parents/carers/children.
  • To support the assessment of pupils to determine those in need of particular help and support and to conduct a range of formal and informal assessments in order to suit a range of purposes.
  • To continue to obtain key information on pupils, through parent/carer communication, to keep up-to-date with any changes in the pupils' lives and inform the rest of the therapy/teaching team of relevant information
  • To complete termly therapy reports on pupils' progress in individual and group therapy sessions and collate information in an annual report of the overall impact of the intervention on learning and progress.
  • To support and facilitate smooth and effective transitions where needed
  • To provide appropriate support to ensure pupils are able to access their learning, identifying their individual needs and tailoring their therapeutic programme in line with these needs
  • To work closely with the Head of School and teaching team and other therapy team members with the development and implementation of therapy progress plans and reports to parents and carers.
  • To attend all therapy and staff meetings.
  • To attend, participate in and lead regular meetings, training and other learning activities as required, contributing to the overall ethos and aims of the school
  • To attend relevant meetings with fellow professionals, parents and pupils including contributing to communication with families at parent/carer open days
  • To organise and attend individual external supervision, that will support the therapist with any therapeutic work carried out in the schools, in line with the therapist's accrediting body
  • To support pupils' reintegration back into learning following exclusions, reduced programmes or extended absence
  • To maintain total confidentiality with regard to pupils, staff and other information related to the school as stipulated in the school's Safeguarding Policy and and staff handbook
  • To be aware of, and comply with, policies and procedures relating to safeguarding, child protection; health and safety; bullying; confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to a senior leader or nominated officer as per the Staff Handbook and policies around safeguarding and behaviour.
  • To be aware of and support differences and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

Person Specification:

Outstanding communication skills (with children, families & professionals)

Strong ability to work constructively and collaboratively at all times as part of a unified team

Strong ability to work successfully with children with extremely challenging behaviour

Reflective & eager to progress professionally

Attention to detail, including in terms of presentation, punctuality and supporting the maintenance of an attractive environment for therapy & learning

Outstanding knowledge and understanding of therapy (in own specialised field) as well as wider therapies and their applications

Understanding of mental health in children, ACEs, trauma and the impact of abuse and mental health difficulties on child development, attachment and behaviour

Understanding of child development, learning and children with SEMH and associated SEN

Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation

General understanding of the national curriculum and school provision generally

At least current degree level, fully qualified therapist in own specialised field & associated registration with appropriate body (i.e. HCPC; BACP) (essential)

Experience of working with children & young people in challenging contexts (essential)

A range of experience in own specialised therapeutic field (essential)

High level of competence in English and mathematics (essential)

An appropriate level of experience of operating in the classroom (or similar) environment with children with SEN who present challenging behaviour (essential)

Further training or qualifications related to therapy, children & young people, special educational needs and/or leadership & management (desirable)

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