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Peripatetic Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Speech, Language and Communication Needs - LBHF166530

Hammersmith & Fulham CouncilHammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never stop moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people, and families to sustain positive change. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision.

Hammersmith & Fulham INSPIRE is looking to recruit term-time Higher Level Teaching Assistants to join INSPIRE, our successful and highly regarded Specialist Outreach Service.

Are you passionate about supporting and developing children and young people’s communication skills? Does your experience show your understanding of children & young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and how their difficulties impact their achievements, interactions and relationships with others? 

We are currently seeking experienced educational professionals who will thrive working as part of our newly established Joint Communication Team. Working in partnership with NHS Speech and Language Therapists, you will be involved in working with mainstream settings/schools, external agencies and parents/carers to support pupils with SLCN. 

We are looking for candidates who have strong experience of delivering a range of specific interventions to support the learning and development of pupils with Speech, Language & Communication difficulties and a good knowledge and understanding of education issues and of how to work across a range of settings/schools.

You will be a highly skilled with exceptional communication skills who can demonstrate an ability to engage children and build strong working relationships with your team and with other professionals to achieve the best outcomes for children. The successful post holder will work under the guidance of INSPIRE Specialist Teachers.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.      

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To support Specialist Teachers and classroom based staff in the monitoring of pupil progress through a range of assessment activities and, where appropriate, modify methods to meet individual and/or group needs.
  • Under the guidance of Specialist Teachers and Speech Therapists to deliver interventions and activities to targeted children with Speech, language and communication difficulties that involve modelling and using a coaching model with classroom teachers and additional adults across a range of settings/schools.
  • Under the guidance of Specialist Teachers and Speech Therapists within the Joint Communication Team, to work collaboratively to devise, deliver, monitor and evaluate bespoke intervention programmes for children with Speech, language and communication difficulties referred to INSPIRE.
  • To contribute to the statutory assessment process of specific children through, observation, evidence gathering and report writing.

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes: 

Complex problem-solving 

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 

Critical thinking 

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources. 


You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes. 

People management 

You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals. 

Coordinating with others 

You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration. 

Emotional intelligence 

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 

Judgement and decision making 

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement. 


You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level. 

Service orientation 

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. 

Cognitive flexibility 

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:

  • Grade C or 5 (or equivalent) or above in GCSE English - Essential
  • Grade C or 5 (or equivalent) or above in GCSE Maths - Essential
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification (or studying for qualification) - Desirable
  • Accredited training in supporting pupils with SCLN - Desirable

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham Council
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