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Communications Assistant

Type of Position:Communication Assistant
Subject:Speech and Language
Salary:Bexley 6 (£11.92 per hour)
Start Date:ASAP
Closing Date: 09/01/2020

Permanent Communication Assistant based at Shenstone School Crayford / Sidcup to start ASAP

30 hours (9.00am-3.45pm - 39 weeks per year on a permanent basis)

Grade Bexley 6 (£11.92 per hour)

For an informal discussion please email your contact details to Georgia Bissett, Business Manager:

Closing Date for Applications: 12.00am on Thursday 9 January 2020

Interviews: Monday 20 January 2020 at Shenstone Crayford site (Times TBC)

Are you an experienced SaLT assistant looking for a new challenge, or do you have what it takes to fulfil this amazing job opportunity? Are you able to support/encourage our amazing pupils with SEND to achieve their full potential in our specialist primary school setting? You will work under the guidance of Senior Leadership Team and Speech and Language Therapist within an agreed system of supervision, to implement agreed work programmes with individuals/groups, in or out of the classroom. This could include those requiring detailed and specialist knowledge in particular areas and will involve assisting the Speech and Language Therapist in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources.

Our school needs caring, resilient and enthusiastic staff to support the children alongside our innovative, vibrant and dedicated team. 



In return we offer comprehensive and continued training; including Manual Handling, and Team-Teach training, as well as other relevant professional development. We are working towards an accreditation in Well-Being and are proud of our excellent induction processes, rewards and pension scheme. The Shenstone team are strong, supportive, and creative; we are looking for keen candidates to join us on our journey to ensure the best outcomes for all of our pupils. 


The achievements of our pupils are extraordinary and will give you a sense of achievement when they make progress, however small. In-house training will be given on all aspects of the job, although a level of knowledge or understanding is an advantage. Communication Assistants support pupils aged from nursery through to Year 6. Behavioural needs vary from child to child so you will need to be both confident and resilient in working with challenging behaviour. 


Shenstone School is a primary aged special school for pupils with severe, and/ or profound and multiple learning difficulties. Shenstone School is one school based across two sites which are 5 miles apart - the Sidcup site age ranges are from nursery to Year 2 and the Crayford site is Year 2 – Year 6. They are supported by a dedicated staff team and we stand by our motto of “together we engage, thrive and achieve”.

Shenstone School was inspected in October 2019 and the outcome is that we continue to be a ‘good’ school, where the children are happy is learning is made fun. We have been part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) since 2017. TKAT is one of the largest Multi-Academy Trusts in the South of England with over 42 Primary and Secondary Academies in the TKAT Family.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure and other employment checks. This post is considered to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers.  The school therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the person specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages. References will be requested for those short listed ONLY and prior to interview.  Only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


To apply for this vacancy please download and complete the attached application form which you may either return directly to the school or email to 

Details are on our school web site You may also contact the school office to request an application pack.


Please be aware that the school office will be closed from 1.30pm on Friday 20 December 2019 until Monday 6 January 2020 at 8.30am.


Please note that we are now part of The Kemnal Academies Trust and you need to apply using the TKAT application form.