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Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

Closing date
5 Oct 2021

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Salary Band
Annual, £15,000 - £19,999
Contract Type
Full Time
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The starting salary is £16,264 per annum pro-rata to £21,943 for 4 days per week (28.80 hours), across 42 weeks of the year pro-rata to £21,943.

The role is term time, plus an additional 12 days per year. You will work in a patch of mainstream schools, and in a centre for children with Special Educational Needs, attached to a mainstream school. You will be based in Spelthorne, Elmbridge, or the borough of Epsom and Ewell.

Are you interested in speech and language development, familiar with therapy programmes and used to working in schools?

We are looking for a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to join our schools-based team in North East Surrey. We are a large and supportive team who will offer you a thorough induction, ongoing training, and excellent line management, so that you can successfully work in mainstream schools and in specialist centres for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

About the 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, Families and Learning 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 EHCPs (Education, Health & Care Plan) and those at SEN (Special Education Needs) support.

About the Role

Your role will be to 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:
  • 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 shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a school setting
  • Experience of working on communication and interaction targets, and following advice from Speech and Language Therapy
  • Ability to adapt your approach and communication style to help children communicate
  • Ability to work flexibly and independently
  • Possess a full driving licence and have access to vehicle

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

For more information please find the full job description below and refer to this before submitting your application. We also invite you to read our Life at Surrey handbook to see insights of the culture at Surrey and how as a valued employee, you can help shape our Council.

Additional Information

The job advert closes at 23:59 on Monday 4th October 2021, but we will be looking at applications as they come in and may shortlist in advance of the closing date therefore we encourage an early application.

Interviews will take place on Microsoft Teams the week commencing Monday 18th October.

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.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Melissa Sartin by e-mail at We look forward to receiving your application.


From flexible working to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. You will benefit from a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

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 under represented groups.
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