Congratulations to Rebecca on obtaining her Pitman Office Manager Diploma

Rebecca Kemsley in the office

Congratulations to Rebecca on not only obtaining her Pitman Office Manager Diploma but also achieving a distinction.

Rebecca studied a range of modules including Book Keeping, Leadership, Business Communication and Event Management. She’s already been putting her skills to good use at SBT, and is already looking to further training in leadership as her role expands.

Well done, Rebecca!

Rebecca Kemsley celebrates six years at SBT

Sarah Buckley and Rebecca Kemsley
Sarah Buckley and Rebecca Kemsley

Today is my sixth anniversary of working at Sarah Buckley Therapies!

Sarah took me on as a part-time admin assistant in 2013 when the team was just six speech and language therapists. As the team and company expanded, my role within the practice evolved and developed. Diane, who was accounts manager and admin support at the time, showed me the ropes, supporting me in getting to know the ins and outs of the practice.

Sarah has invested and supported me in my career, challenging me to pursue training and studies such as first aid training, a Diploma in Business Administration and most recently I achieved a distinction in an Office Management Diploma!

Personal and professional development is highly regarded within the practice – so much so that it is reflected in the training opportunities offered by SBT and the commitment to supporting SLT students throughout their studies.

In the six years that I have worked at SBT, I have witnessed the company thrive and flourish, leading the way in many aspects of speech and language therapy; Sarah Buckley and every speech and language therapist who has worked at SBT truly has a passion for the profession.

Though I am not a speech therapist myself, I feel devoted to speech and language therapy, the education system and allied health professionals working together to support children and young people.

Thank you Sarah and the SBT team, past and present, for an exceptional six years!

The SBT Spring 2019 newsletter is now available

In the fourth edition of our newsletter we have all of this in store for you:

  • Meet the team members who have joined us in 2019
  • Find out what our recent clients think about our clinic services
  • Olivia Walker writes about The Zones of Regulation
  • Communication Boosters: feedback and upcoming training opportunities

You can read all of that in the newsletter above or download it as a PDF.

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Welcome back, Rosey!

Rosey

We’re delighted to say that Rosey White has returned to SBT following a six-month trip home to Australia. SBT was able to successfully apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship for Rosey and sponsor her return visa. We are very happy to have her back!

Rosey says: “It’s great to be back! At the time that my visa ran out, SBT didn’t have a sponsorship licence so I had to return to sunny Australia. I was eager to return to the UK and to the SBT team and was delighted that Sarah pursued the gruelling process of application.

“Following several failed attempts, a certificate finally came through and here I am! Despite arriving to the snow, I received a warm welcome from familiar faces at SBT. I invite you to read through the SBT web site to get to know the team and the practice that I am happy to be a part of.”

Join our work experience workshop on 22nd March

Karyn Cecchini and Shivani Lad at the Work Experience workshop

On 22nd March, between 2:00pm-3:30pm, we will be running an interactive workshop for those planning to apply for a speech and language therapy course or are curious about the profession and want to know more.

The workshop will give you an insight into the role of a speech and language therapist, and you will get the opportunity to shadow an SBT therapist in either a school or at our clinic.

The workshop will cover:

  • Misconceptions about speech and language therapy
  • The different layers of language and communication
  • Common strategies and techniques speech therapists use
  • How to apply techniques, using real-life case studies

The workshop will be held at our office in Bromley and will cost only £30 per person:

For more information or to book, email: [email protected]

Thanks to everyone who attended our Communication Booster on Friday

Communication boosters

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Communication Booster training package, which Shivani delivered on vocabulary-building on Friday. It was a great turn-out: we had TAs, LSAs and SENCos from Bromley and south-east London schools, as well as SLT students from City, University of London.

The Communications Booster participants
Shivani Lad with course attendees

The course provided a brief overview of how we acquire language, along with some helpful hints and tips to support SLCN in both primary and secondary schools. It was lovely to hear that our attendees will be looking to come along to our future Communication Boosters.

We hope that with the resources we provided, you can apply your newly learnt skills in the classroom.

Upcoming Boosters

Topic: Narrative
Date: 1pm-3pm, 3rd May

Topic: Non-verbal ASD
Date: 1pm-3pm, 5th July

£25 per person
Whole-school training is also available for a minimum of 20 people. Please contact us to get more information on pricing.

SLT job at SBT for a Band 6 equivalent Speech and Language Therapist

A new SLT job is available at SBT, an FSB Employer of the Year London finalist

SBT has a new SLT job available! We are looking for a speech and language therapist with experience of working in primary schools to join our team from April. There is also an opportunity to work with clients in our on-site clinic.

Check out the listing for more information, as well as our jobs page to find out all the benefits that SBT can offer you. Early applications preferred!

SBT was one of the London finalists in last year’s Federation of Small Business Employer of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Sarah Buckley on passing the first year of her MBA

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Sarah Buckley's MBA certificate

Huge congratulations to our practice manager, Sarah Buckley, who’s just received her Postgraduate Certificate In Business Administration for completing the first year of her MBA.  Sarah not only passed but earned a superior ‘merit’ rating, thanks to her high marks across the year.

Sarah has been studying with the Open University since November 2017, which is ranked:

As well as six distance learning assignments covering everything from HR to finance, Sarah had to attend a residential school and sit a three-hour exam.

Year two has already started, though, so there’s no let up. Best of luck this year, Sarah!