Support young people with communication problems
A Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) provides treatment and support for children, young people and adults who have problems with communication, as well as eating, drinking and swallowing.
SLTs lead a varied working life. In education settings, they will:
Assess children and young people’s communication needs
Prepare and execute tailored treatment programmes
Liaise with other healthcare professionals
Carry out individual or group therapy sessions
Create reports and maintain records
Liaise with families and guardians
This is a mission-critical position for many schools’ SEND support programmes.
To become a Speech and Language Therapist, you will need to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or a degree apprenticeship in Speech and Language Therapy.
SLTs can be found in all types of school settings, from nurseries to sixth form colleges.
Speech and Language Therapists will operate in both mainstream and special schools, as well as Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provision settings.
The first year of your career as an SLT will be spent working towards full certification as a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This initial year will also offer you the chance to specialise in supporting particular disorders.
Working as an SLT in schools will give you the option to move across to roles in the NHS.
Several years of work experience will put you in contention for a role as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist. This will involve greater people management duties.
Eventually, a Senior SLT could achieve the post of head of a Speech and Language Therapy service.