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Speech and Language Therapist (Maternity Cover) - Full or Part Time - Maternity - Special Needs Position

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-466S
  • Posted:02/04/2024
  • Pay:Equal to NHS Agenda for change Band 5/6 dep on exp
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:02/05/2024 at 23:45
  • Interviews:TBC


Ifield School is seeking to appoint a full-time or part-time Speech and Language Therapist to join our friendly and professional therapy team. The post is fixed term until January 2025 to cover the maternity leave of one of our existing Speech and Language Therapists. The successful candidate will be working with pupils aged 4-19 who have speech, language and communication difficulties associated with profound, severe and complex needs, including ASD.

The Speech and Language Therapy team are an integral part of our school and provides the following services:

  • Implementation of speech and language therapy provision for pupils from Reception class to learners in year 14.
  • Upskilling staff to implement strategies and approaches in line with Ifield School’s Total Communication Approach
  • Working with families and professionals to support communication in a range of contexts.


Ifield School is an outstanding school with a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Appointment to this position will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Salary is equivalent to NHS Agenda for change Band 5/6 depending on experience. The successful applicant must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and be a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Please refer to the attached job description for main duties and responsibilities.

If you would like to speak to our Director of Therapy, Kirsty Jewell, for an informal conversation about the role and the context of the school prior to applying, please call the main school number on 01474 365485.


Information about the school

Ifield School is a welcoming and inclusive educational environment catering for pupils aged four to nineteen with profound, severe, and complex learning needs, alongside communication and interaction differences. At Ifield, we pride ourselves on our vibrant community and innovative approach to education, where every pupil has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) tailored to their individual needs, reviewed annually to ensure progress and support.

Our dedicated staff members are the heart of our school, fostering an ethos of care, respect, and achievement. Through our collaborative efforts, we create a nurturing environment where every pupil can thrive and succeed. Inclusion is at the core of our mission and we achieve this through our outreach programmes, specialised resources, and the Ifield SMILE Training Centre.

Ifield School has been recognised as an outstanding provision by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time, which is a testament to our commitment to excellence in education. Furthermore, Ifield School is a proud founding member of KsENT, a cooperative trust for Kent Special Schools, illustrating our dedication to collaboration and collective growth in special education. In September 2015, we federated with King's Farm Primary School, forming the Cedar Federation under a unified governing body, further enhancing our capacity to provide exceptional education and care.

At Ifield School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils are paramount. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, and as such, stringent safeguarding measures are in place. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children. Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Safe in Education legislation.

Join us at Ifield School, where every pupil’s successes are recognised, nurtured, and celebrated along their unique educational journey.

Job Contact Information

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 Education.