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Paediatric Occupational Therapist/Clinical Lead - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Life Skills Manor for Autism, Sandwich

  • Ref:KCC886-19087-29S
  • Posted:27/11/2023
  • Pay:NHS Band 6-7 Equivalent (dependent on experience)
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:01/01/2024 at 22:00
  • Interviews:Friday 5th January 2024


Hours: 37.5 per week , term time (39 weeks per year)
Life Skills Manor School are looking to appoint a friendly, enthusiastic, adaptable and inspirational qualified and experienced Occupational Therapist to work as part of our dynamic team. Dependent on experience this post could also provide the opportunity to be our Clinical Lead. 
This is an incredible opportunity to develop your career within a forward thinking school that is on a journey to becoming an outstanding provision for children with Autism.
In return we can offer you:-
  • A positive and supportive  working environment   
  • National terms and conditions   
  • Opportunities for CPD   
  • Opportunities for progression onto our leadership team

Please see attached Job Description. As we look to grow and evolve the Occupational Therapist role will include supporting other Therapists within our team. 

We welcome visits to the school, so please contact us on 01304 747464 to arrange your visit. Early applications are encouraged and we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier if a suitable candidate is found.
Life Skills Manor School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with barred list check is required for all successful applicants.

Information about the school

The journey for Life Skills Manor for Autism started in 2015, proposed as a Special Free School. The original proposer team consisted of parents with children with autism and educational experts that had a range of SEND experience.

During the original proposal, the steering group formulated a Life Skills curriculum based upon the views of parent led groups. Unfortunately, the project was shelved pending political obstacles associated with Free Schools.

In 2020, we were able to proceed with the Life Skills Manor vision as a self-governing provision. We are delighted to report that we are now a registered independent special school with the Department for Education. Furthermore, we are taking strides to be at the forefront of special needs education.

Our school has been in the making for many years and we opened our doors in January 2022 to deliver our curriculum that embeds ‘skills for life’.

Our curriculum intent is to,

•Deliver a double-stranded curriculum at KS3 that is principally skills based with the inclusion of core academic subjects such as Maths, English and Science.

•Ensure every pupil will leave with employer recognised accreditations, certifications, qualifications, and social skills that will provide them with a solid platform to go onto further education or employment.

•Ensure Life Skills lessons will be taught every day to foster independent living, employability, healthy living, and participation in society.

Our pupil cohort will,

•Have a primary diagnosis of autism or in process of receiving a diagnosis.
•Have an EHC Plan.
•Be from the Catchment Districts of Thanet, Dover or Canterbury.
•Have Moderate Learning Difficulties or are High Functioning Autism.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Paul Barrett
  • Address:Life Skills Manor, Baypoint Sports Club , Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9QL
  • Telephone: 01304 747464
  • Email: paul@lifeskillsmanor.co.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.