Contract Permanent, 37 Hours per week (Term Time – 45.8 working weeks).
Salary: FTE £19,400-£26,000 (Pro Rata Actual Salary: £17,087 to £22,900) (NAS Grade 3, SP 3-8)
Help make an Everyday Breakthrough happen by joining our team. A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By becoming an Assistant Psychologist at Church Lawton School you’ll help make Every Day Breakthroughs happen more often.
Who we are looking for
We are a forward thinking Autism Specific Specialist Free School seeking an Assistant Psychologist to work with our Transdisciplinary Team to support our students within the school. We were inspected in November 2017. The School was rated as Good overall, with outstanding in personal development, behaviour and welfare. The school was also Autism Accredited in January 2019.
Supported by the National Autistic Society Academies Trust and National Autistic Society, we cater for up to 64 students aged 4-19 with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. As a part of the NAS Academies Trust, we have developed significant professional and working partnerships with the already established Independent NAS schools and other NASAT Free School drawing on knowledge and expertise through professional working relationships to ensure best practise is shared.
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the school’s continuing development where you will be working closely with our Transdisciplinary Team (TDT) and classroom based Staff. As a transdisciplinary team we strive to deliver best practice at all times to our students and are passionate about continued service and professional development. We aim to deliver the highest level of education and experiences to ensure the best life chances become a sustainable reality for every young person (on an individual needs led basis). Together, we will create a safe, positive and structured environment in which every young person is respected and encouraged to achieve independence (through academic, employment and personal skills development).
To be considered for this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for supporting pupils with a diagnosis of Autism and have excellent verbal, and written communication skills, as collaborative working within the Transdisciplinary team is essential. You will be flexible in your working practice and a good team player. We are looking to appoint a confident and skilled professional who is committed to developing expertise and specialism within the field. You will be actively involved in staff training and there will also be the opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills through participation in team and wider NAS continuing professional development programmes.
You must hold a Degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) with graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society. We would welcome applications from newly qualified candidates. Being an Assistant Psychologist requires enthusiasm, patience and commitment. But working with autistic people gives so much more in return. We need you to be resilient, supportive and sensitive towards the needs of autistic people. Along with a host of benefits – from shopping discounts to flexible working and a competitiv pension scheme - we’ll make sure you get excellent autism-specific training to help further your career. You will be supported by a Practitioner HCPC Registered Psychologist and will receive weekly supervisions.
You may have a personal connection, a desire to work with or real life experiences working with autistic people. If you share our Values and are willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic people, we’d love to hear from you.
Applications must be completed in full. Only complete applications will be considered. Should you experience any issues with the electronic application form, please contact the school. CVs will not be accepted under any circumstances.
Closing date: Monday, 20th April 2020 at 12 Noon
Interview date: Week commencing 11th May 2020
Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion. We will not be accepting applications from previous applicants on this occasion. The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, challenges perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people. Visit our website to find out more about who we are and what we do. Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.
We are an equal opportunities employer.
NASAT Church Lawton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.