Speech and Language Therapy Assistant

£20,202 - £20,505 FTE (£10.50 - £10.66 per hour) depending on experience
Role type:
Full Time, Part Time, Term-Time Only
44 hours / 39 weeks
Contract type:
Term-time only
Closing Date:
Job Details:

Speech and Language Therapy Assistant (term-time)

The Speech and Language Therapy team at National Star has a key role in ensuring that students gain the skills and confidence to communicate effectively as part of their journey towards living as independently as possible.

How satisfying would it be to think that you had played a part in helping a young person with a disability to find their voice?

Find out more about our Speech and Language Therapy team and how we support our students.

We’re looking to recruit a new Speech and Language Therapy Assistant to work alongside our experienced Speech and Language Therapists, supporting students to develop their skills so that they can express their opinions, make choices and communicate with family and friends.  This is a full time role working 44 hours a week over 39 weeks (term time only), however part time hours may be considered. Please talk to us about your availability. 

We’re expecting you will have an interest in working with people with a broad range of physical and learning disabilities, including Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and Acquired Brain Injury. It may be that you already have experience of providing direct and indirect speech and language therapy support.

A knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Makaton and/or Intensive Interaction would help you to hit the ground running in this role. It goes without saying that you will also have excellent observational and communications skills and a creative and flexible approach to work.

Multi-disciplinary working is key to the success of our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ college so being a team player is a must-have attribute as you will find yourself working alongside our occupational therapy, physiotherapy, education, nursing and residential teams.

Your creativity will come to the fore as you support the Speech and Language Therapy team in producing personalised resources to support students’ progression and achievement, including programming AAC devices.

Working as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant will give you an invaluable insight into the importance of Speech and Language Therapy, especially if you are considering a long-term career in this allied healthcare profession. Some of our current Speech and Language Therapy Assistants joined the team having worked as care and support workers. Others have worked in learning support roles or had a desire to gain clinical experience before deciding whether speech and language therapy was the right long-term career choice for them.

Whatever your motivation to join National Star’s SLT team you will be supported to develop in your role, learning from some of the UK’s leading speech and language therapy professionals.


About us

National Star is a growing charity with more than 1,200 staff based in England and Wales. Established more than 50 years ago, we’ve supported hundreds of young people with disabilities to achieve their potential.


How we will reward you


Our Golden Hello

It’s motivating to feel valued at work. That’s why all new staff will receive a ‘Golden Hello’ up to the value of £250 for full-time staff (pro-rata for part-time employees) upon successful completion of their probation.


Staff benefits

Fantastic career development opportunities and comprehensive induction programme - theory and practical

Free staff mini-bus from Cheltenham and Gloucester to Ullenwood, Monday to Friday. This service operates from 6am - midnight.

Award-winning training

Use of fitness suite and swimming pool and staff clubs such as badminton, arts & crafts and Zumba (subject to COVID restrictions)

Health Shield medical cover

Life insurance cover

Employee helpline

Contributory pension scheme

Opportunity to purchase a TOTUM discount card

Employee discounts at attractions, high street retailers, supermarkets, utilities and motoring, plus much more

How to apply

At National Star, we know the value of a diverse workforce, and welcome applications from all areas of the community. This includes those with disabilities, and we are a proud Disability Confident employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities. In 2018 National Star received an 'Outstanding' from Ofsted.


Please note that all applicants will be expected to undertake a DBS Disclosure, and undergo the necessary employer checks. The level of disclosure to be applied for will be dependent on your job role and will be discussed with you during the recruitment process but is usually an enhanced level. Where appropriate, the adult and child barred lists will be checked and we will not employ anyone who appears on either of those registers.


We prefer people to submit an online application as this helps support the charity in saving money.  Alternatively please send your cv to recruitment@nationalstar.org or call our recruitment department 01242 527631 for further information or an application form. If you have a disability and need to apply using an alternative format, or if you have any technical problems with our recruitment system please let us know.


All future correspondence with you will be via email (application acknowledgement, invitation to interview etc). Please check your email regularly.

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