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Primary Play Therapist – Job Description* N.B. We aim to advertise vacancies that meet BAPT’s  recommended pay scales, however unfortunately not all posts advertised here will be so. 

Alec Reed Academy


2 days per week term-time, Salary: £31.5k-£35k per annum FTE

Local Government Pension, free parking, gym, family friendly benefits

The Alec Reed Academy is an Ofsted ‘Good’ school and an exciting place to work. In July 2018 it received praise from Ofsted who described it as ‘at the heart of its community, an inclusive school with leadership providing excellent role models and maintaining the good quality of education since the last inspection in 2015’. Early Years and Primary Phase were highlighted as a particular strength.

We recognise the crucial role that individual well-being plays in allowing our pupils to thrive and succeed and therefore we seek to appoint an experienced and successful Play Therapist to this newly created position in our Primary Phase. You will join our current Academy Counsellor (who supports Primary and Secondary Phase students) in order to meet the increasing need of therapy for our pupils. The role involves working with Primary pupils through Play Therapy to explore, in a confidential and safe environment, difficulties, feelings of distress, dissatisfaction or a loss of purpose. You will also work to understand pupil’ perceptions and behaviour, and to help them to identify changes they wish to make, guide them towards this end and to encourage pupils to make positive decisions.

It is essential that applicants hold a Diploma (or equivalent) in Play Therapy (or similar), are accredited by BAPT or BACP, have experience of successful working in a school or similar institution and managing a caseload of young people. Applications from graduates in a relevant field would be desirable.

The role is to work 2 days per week from 8.30am to 4pm on a term-time only plus PD day basis. The salary for this role is £31.5 – £35k per annum FTE dependant on experience and qualifications. This equates to between £10,317 – £11,464 per annum.

Come and visit us for a personal tour if you like, or you could visit the ‘Quicklinks – Vacancies’ section of our website for more information and an application form:  If you prefer to talk, our HR department would love to chat: 0208 8414511.

Closing date for completed applications: Monday 20th April 2020 at 4p.m.

 ARA is committed to the protection and safety of our learners. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service prior to commencing the role.

Counsellor / Play Therapist / Creative Arts Therapist

 We have an exciting opportunity for you to join ConnectEd, one of the largest providers of therapy services to schools in London. We are currently looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated Counsellors, Play Therapists or Creative Arts Therapists to fill the below vacancies.  Please note where days are not specified the schools can be flexible about which day(s) of the week the service is delivered.

  • One day per week at a primary school in North Kensington (W10) – Monday
  • Two days per week at a primary school in North Kensington (W10)
  • One day per week at a primary school in North Hillingdon (HA4)
  • One day per week at a primary school in Hounslow (TW5)
  • One day per week at a primary school in Barnet (NW9) – Monday or Tuesday
  • One day per week at a primary school in Tower Hamlets (E2) – Monday
  • One day per week split across two primary schools in Lewisham (SE6) – Monday
  • Two days per week at a secondary school in Harrow (HA3) – Tues, Wed or Thurs
  • Three days per week at a secondary school in Harrow (HA2)
  • Two days per week at an Alternative Provision School in Hammersmith and Fulham for pupils in Years 7-11 with social, emotional and behavioural issues (W6)*
  • Two hours per week (3-5pm) at a secondary school in North Kensington (W10) – Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday**

*Candidates applying to work at the Alternative Provision must have direct experience of working with this client group, or clearly evidence how they have the skills and experience to provide effective support for students in this setting.

**As this post is just two hours per week we will pay £50 per hour (for all other vacancies the below salary details apply).

We offer an excellent package including an 11% employer pension contribution, access to an employee assistance scheme, external clinical supervision, regular line-management and continuing professional development opportunities.

The successful applicants will:

  • Possess a qualification in Counselling, Play Therapy or a Creative Arts Therapy (We require at least a Level 5 qualification or above)
  • Have at least one year’s post qualifying experience of working with children and young people in a therapeutic capacity
  • Have worked a minimum of 150 clinical hours
  • Have experience of working with primary and/or secondary aged young people, whichever is relevant to the post being applied for
  • Have a good understanding of educational settings
  • If applying to work in a primary school, be willing to deliver both individual and group work
  • Hold membership of an appropriate professional body (BACP, BAPT, BADth, BAAT, BAMT etc.)
  • Where applicable to your qualification/training, be HCPC registered or professionally accredited (or actively working towards accreditation).

Salary: £26,911 to £29,873 based on working five days (35 hours) per week.  This is a term-time role (the Full Time Equivalent is £31,455 to £34,917).  The salary will be paid pro rata in line with the number of days per week you are contracted to work.

For each one day per week post an additional two days must to be worked annually during the school holidays.

 A full job description and application form can be found here:

Completed applications can be emailed to:

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 24th March, 9am

INTERVIEW DATES: Tuesday 31st March and Friday 3rd April 2020

Please be aware that due to the high volume of applications feedback will not be provided for candidates who are not shortlisted.  Any candidates who have unsuccessfully applied to work for ConnectEd within the last 12 months need not apply.

ConnectEd is the delivery arm for the mental health services provided by the Catholic Children’s Society, a registered charity that supports disadvantaged children and families.  Currently we deliver counselling and therapy on-site in over 80 schools (both Catholic and non-Catholic).  We are an inclusive employer and there is no requirement for applicants to be Catholic.  For more information about our mental health services please visit

CCS is committed to safe recruitment and the post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Charity No. 210920


BAPT is now seeking to appoint Lay Members to join its Professional Conduct Panel in the management of complaints. To act as ‘critical friend’ to BAPT and to play a key role in maintaining standards and procedures in the processing of complaints received by BAPT. 

You will have a child centred approach to your thinking, experience of collective decision making, the ability to develop strong relationships and be able to uphold the principles of transparency and accountability in all of BAPT’s activities.

We are looking to recruit people from diverse backgrounds and therefore we and encourage applications from everyone irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability and sexual orientation. Information about the Lay Member and Person Specification is available here Lay Member JD 2019 .

Travel and other approved expenses are paid in relation to meeting the requirements of this role.

The application form is available to download  Lay Member application form 2019 Please submit a full CV with the completed application form.

Alternately you can request a hard copy of the application pack by contacting:

Janet Steel, BAPT 1 Beacon Mews South Road Weybridge KT13 8Ew or by email at

The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020


Place2Be is the leading provider of integrated therapeutic and emotional support in schools, reaching children aged 4 -14.

Place2Be champion early intervention and offers swift access to counselling and other services which tackle the complex social issues that result in educational disadvantage and unhealthy life choices. We passionately believe in helping children cope, so that they can begin to thrive and achieve at school and enter adulthood with a sense of hope.

 Making a lifetime of difference to children in Schools.

Place2Be Volunteer Counsellors

Nationwide – UK

If you are a qualified or trainee counsellor, or clinical psychologist and would like to work therapeutically with children, this is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills in a primary

or secondary school setting, with on-site supervision. Placements are generally half or one day per week, for one academic year, term time only.

To apply, visit or contact the Volunteer Recruitment Team on 020 7923 5533 or

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community. All successful applicants will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS.