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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Arden CollegeSefton

Arden Care & College, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0TZ

Arden College is situated on 2 sites in Southport, a vibrant and cultured town on the west coast of Lancashire. The college makes the most of its position and much of the extended college curriculum is located within the community and vocational settings within the region. Arden is a specialist college for students aged 16-25 with autism, complex learning difficulties and challenging behaviours. Some of the students live in one of our eight residential homes in the local community. Individual College programmes of day or residential  support are available as either 38 of 52 week placements. The college and residential provision work in line with the Preparing for Adulthood Agenda in promoting the health needs, independence skills, employability and community inclusion of the students.

Arden college provides an inclusive and therapeutic environment that supports students with their individualised communication, sensory and behavioural needs.

Arden college is inspected by OFSTED and is graded as Good (2019). Under new leadership, the college is seeking to further develop its specialism in autism and is working towards an outstanding future for its students and staff.

This is an exciting opportunity for promotion within the staff team at Arden college and residential care.  We are offering this opportunity for the right candidate to progress their career in a therapeutic specialism to work alongside our therapy team.  This role will be developed over time to include support for students and staff in both the college and care settings.

Principal duties may include, but may not be limited to those below:

  • Ensuring students can engage in hobbies and activities to meet their needs relevant to age, ability and social desire
  • Supporting the therapist and in collaboration with staff, students and parents to develop effective sensory diets
  • Ensuring individuals have relevant sensory resources to meet their needs and that they are well maintained and available
  • Organising and replenishing sensory session packs for the meeting sensory needs/therapy programme sessions
  • Ensuring pupils have access to resources including ordering chews/fidgets etc
  • Developing and embedding regulation approaches – including Zones of Regulation and The Alert Programme
  • Ensuring resources are available for the Alert Programme approach.  Eg. visuals on keyrings/cupboards/displays/posters of alert programme/ zones in appropriate areas
  • Collaborating with therapists to inform occupational therapy assessments e.g. observations from the sessions/direct work done
  • Modelling the use of activities and resources
  • Developing sensory sessions e.g. group/individualised sessions
  • Developing sensory circuits/obstacle courses for gross motor skills
  • Developing and ordering fine motor resources
  • Implementing fine motor activities for 1:1 work/group activities
  • Developing and implementing tactile sensory/messy activities for pupils who benefit from these
  • Auditing the environment to ensure it meets optimal stimulation and minimal distraction levels
  • Writing reports for a range of purposes.
  • Providing training for staff.
  • Supporting the development of outstanding autism practise throughout the service

This is a full-time , permanent (40 hours per week) post and can be offered as either term time (39 weeks) or a full year contract.

Experience of working with students with complex sensory needs is essential.

The successful candidate must have good written and spoken communication skills, good interpersonal skills and be able to work well within a staff team.

She/he must be aware of her/his own strengths and areas for development and be proactive in filling their own gaps in knowledge.

All relevant training will be provided and the successful candidate must be willing to engage with this.

Should you wish to discuss this opportunity further please contact Siobhan Partington.


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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