Occupational Therapist

Quorn, Loughborough
05 Jul 2017
02 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

We’re Hiring!

Woodside Lodge Outdoor Learning Centre (WLOLC) is an independent outdoor learning centre, which provides social and academic education to students aged 4-19 years, with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). At WLOLC, where AUTISM is our first language, our mission is simple – to enable each and every student to be all that they can be.

We guarantee that for ALL our students, we will provide ...

  • A creative, inspiring and individualised curriculum, which encourages risk‐taking, promotes independence and provides memorable experiences that truly enrich their lives.
  • A teaching, learning and assessment framework that is profoundly personalised and reflects, measures and celebrates their strengths, achievements and progress over time.
  • A dedicated and highly skilled staff team, who are fully empowered and equipped to ensure that our students have every possible opportunity to be all that they can be.
  • A strong commitment to safeguarding and the welfare of our students.

We expect our whole outdoor learning centre family to be committed to this pledge and to ensure that pupils can reach their full potential, both academically and socially, by receiving the highest possible quality of teaching and learning within a positive, respectful and therapeutic environment. The premise is simple…

  • We assess the anxieties and stresses that form the ’barrier to learning’ Using various therapeutic methods such as OT, SLT and Equine Therapy we reduce those anxieties and stresses. When ready, we introduce a bespoke curriculum tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. We identify a pathway into adult life and we prepare them for every aspect; Educational qualifications, vocational opportunities, essential lifeskills and transition into the ‘next phase.’ The learning should be fun and engaging.

We’re recruiting for an Occupational Therapist to join our therapy team.

The salary for the role is £18,000 pro rata (term time FTE = £29, 692.30)

The role is part time, working Monday – Wednesday 08:30am-16:00pm, term time.

22.5 hours a week with a 30 minute break for lunch.

Role Purpose: To work collaboratively within a range of functional situations so that pupils develop their sensory motor and self-help skills in order that they can access the curriculum, become better regulated and feel confident in a range of social situations.

What we need from you……

Skill Requirements:

Essential Personal Attributes

  • Drive, resilience, confidence, initiative, resourcefulness, calm under pressure, common sense and an ability to manage ambiguity.
  • Ability to build rapport & trust quickly with both students, staff and parents/carers.
  • High level of integrity and ability to handle confidential data sensitively and securely
  • Motivation to work with children and young people
  • Ability to work as part of a team with an understanding of staff roles and responsibilities within the school
  • A flexibility of thought in adapting to new initiatives
  • Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
  • Occupational Therapist registration with HCPC
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Enhanced DBS

Proven technical ability

  • Basic knowledge of the developmental stages of children and young people
  • Proven and relevant OT experience working with children
  • Awareness of the psychological and social factors of dysfunction and disability
  • An ability to use clinical and ethical reasoning skills to analyse and interpret assessment findings, plan and evaluate intervention programme
  • Ability to reflect on clinical practise and experience
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Excellent recording and reporting skills
  • Effective use of ICT to support learning and administration
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently
  • Calm and consistent approach to stressful situations
  • Ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with parents and others using effective listening skills, verbal and non-verbal communication


  • License holder and access to a car
  • Experience of teaching/presenting to professionals, colleagues or carers
  • Experience of working in special or mainstream schools

Here’s what you can expect to be doing……..

Key Responsibilities:

  • Confidently respond to challenges with practical strategies and creative ideas.
  • To provide high quality children and young people’s occupational therapy services to pupils/students with a variety of physical, learning, emotional and social needs
  • To undertake occupational therapy assessments to develop individual/group goal and task orientated treatment plans, programmes and/or advice
  • To develop interventions strategies for pupils presenting difficulties with development in some or all of the areas of self-help skills, motor coordination and sensory processing affecting their participation and occupational performance in class based and school based settings, in order to promote functional independence
  • To design, fabricate and/or monitor the use of mechanical/ technology based devices, and provide advice regarding postural/seating systems and/or develop sensory, perceptual neurodevelopmental, behavioural or neuro-motor treatment plans supporting functional skills
  • To provide underpinning knowledge to the education staff around sensory processing difficulties in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • To embed sensory strategies into the everyday life of the school, both in terms of a whole school approach and with individual pupils.
  • To identify pupil’s sensory regulation challenges and provide some general and specific strategies that could help the pupil to manage this and therefore access their curriculum more effectively.
  • To liaise with and refer to other professionals and organisations as appropriate
  • To provide individual and group interventions/programmes, including one-to-one treatment sessions, joint treatment sessions and consultation advice
  • To contribute to the development of information that enables clients to understand and self-manage their condition whenever possible. Ensure adequate carryover of information to enable ongoing programmes to be completed in the child’s environment (home, school, community)
  • To be responsible for guiding and participating in own supervision and performance management
  • To attend regular meetings with Line Manager and school Therapy Team
  • To attend relevant meetings as appropriate (school staff meetings, Annual Reviews, inter-agency meetings etc)
  • To carry out other reasonable duties as directed by the school’s SLT

Compliance responsibilities

  • Registered member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • A commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Organising and running classes, activities, workshops, presentations etc as part of staff training programmes/parent-coaching sessions.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • To maintain records of specialist support delivered to students
  • To keep student support profiles up to date and distributed to all school bases
  • To contribute to school reports as required. Information may be included within students EHCP’s as part of the annual review process
  • To attend regular meetings with Line Manager and school Therapy Team
  • Planning and preparation of training/coaching resources

Health & Safety Responsibilities

All employees are responsible for ensuring they take every reasonable action to keep themselves and everyone in the school environment safe and well.