Occupational Therapist – Ascent Academies’ Trust

Occupational Therapist – Ascent Academies’ Trust

Occupational Therapist - Ascent Academies' Trust
The Ascent Academies' Trust
Closing Date
Friday 8th July 2022 at 12 noon
Contract Term
Hours/ Weeks
37 hours per week/ 40 week per year (TTO plus 2 weeks)
Grade/ Salary
Grade N, PT 39 – PT 41 (Band 7 equivalent)/ £39,124 - £40,995 (actual salary)

A unique opportunity has arisen, through a newly created post, for an experienced and innovative Occupational Therapist to join the Ascent Academies’ Trust’s multidisciplinary team. The Trust is a family of four special academies in the North East of England, over three different local authorities, and the Occupational Therapist will play a critical role within the Trust, co-ordinating OT services across all four academies.

As an experienced clinician the successful candidate will oversee a mixed caseload of primary and secondary school aged children with a range of SEND. They will work with OT Assistants and pupils, whilst also providing support to teaching and learning colleagues and other senior staff. The post holder will lead on policy development and audit in this specialist area. They will be a member of the SCERTS team, therefore experience and training in SCERTS would be beneficial. Training and experience in sensory integration is essential.

The successful candidate will work as part of the SEN team in the academies and also provide staff training and CPD. They will work with individuals to assess sensory, gross motor and independence needs, and support in the delivery of programmes to small groups and individuals.

As the post is to work between the four academies within the Trust, the post holder will require a full clean driving licence and personal transport.

Candidates wishing to work flexible working hours, job share or part time will be considered.

What we need:
• Qualifications equivalent to 5 x GCSE A*-C, to include Maths and English
• Educated to Degree level in a relevant subject or hold a relevant professional qualification
• Significant experience in working with children and young people with SEND
• An enthusiastic and positive approach to working across a family of schools
• Commitment to own professional development and to enhance those of others
• A commitment to fresh and exciting methods of working
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• Complete commitment to the core values of Ascent

We can offer you:
• A competitive salary
• 30 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays
• Membership of the Local Government Tyne and Wear Pension Scheme
• An opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals
• Comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training
• An exciting and extensive commitment to high quality professional development, identified through a strong appraisal process
• A comprehensive wellbeing and support package
• Car mileage expense (at HMRC standard rates)
• Free parking at all academy sites

This is an exceptional opportunity to make a difference within a positive and exciting environment. If you share our community’s ethos of diversity and collaboration, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

For further information about this post please contact Sharon Common, Head of Portland Academy by email: [email protected]

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Closing Date: Friday 8th July 2022 at 12 noon
Interview: Thursday 21st July 2022