Occupational Therapist - Ascent Academies' Trust

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time - term time plus specified days
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 06/03/2024 09:00
£41,708 - £43,536 (actual paid salary)
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Employment Location:
Academies across the Ascent Trust
Number of posts:
Closing date:
6 Mar
Further Information
Post: Occupational Therapist
Scale: Grade N, PT 39 – PT 41 (Band 7 equivalent)
Hours: 37hrs/wk
Weeks: 39 weeks/year (Term time only)
Salary: £41,708 - £43,536 (actual paid salary)
Contract term: Permanent

A unique opportunity has arisen 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 plays 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.  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
• 31 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, Executive Head by email: scommon@ascenttrust.org

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Closing Date: Wednesday 6th March 2024 @ 9.00am
Interview: Tuesday 26th March 2024

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people with Special Needs and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note – if you are shortlisted, you will be subject to an online search. This is not part of the shortlisting process and you will have the opportunity to address any issues of concern that come up during the search at interview.
Please note
This job is closed for applications.