arrow_leftarrow_rightburgerchevron_downchevron_rightdiscdownloadexternal_linksearchfacebookinstagramtwitteryoutubesquareuser-icon

Key points

  • RCSLT is supporting SLTs to undertake a range of projects to promote diversity and careers in SLT – how can you be involved?
  • You can join in projects (or develop your own) by emailing hubs@rcslt.org to join the careers and diversity network.

Schools outreach

Have you ever considered offering to do a schools careers event?

There are 3,500 secondary schools and approximately 12,000 SLTs in England. If every SLT were to offer a careers talk to a secondary school once every three years we could potentially reach every school in England.

Aims

  • Improved visibility of speech and language therapy as a career choice.

  • Increased interest in speech and language therapy as a profession.

  • Increased diversity of the speech and language therapy student population.

Rationale

The research available suggests that there is a lack of diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status within the speech and language profession. 

Contributing factors for this include, but are not limited to: 

  • A lack of profile of the profession, especially among boys.

  • Misconceptions about what SLTs do.

  • The status of the profession and lack of understanding that it is a degree level profession.   

We hope that a large number of SLTs in the regional Hubs and students in universities will be able to each commit a limited amount of time to help promote their profession. 

Inputs

We can create a shareable spreadsheet for each local area that lists all the secondary schools and their websites and head teacher details (this is available publicly from gov.uk). We recommend that 2-4 SLTs, students or assistants manage the emailing of schools and allocation of events to SLTs. Where schools accept, allocate an SLT, a student SLT or both to attend.

We also need to ensure we try to reach schools in areas with low participation rates for HE and that we are considering a diverse range of schools generally. 

 

We envisage targeting pupils in year 12 as they are considering university choices in the summer/autumn of each year.  

We only need to target schools with sixth forms, and there are some schools where it will not be appropriate, for example, specialist maths or engineering colleges.

A basic toolkit to help prepare for an event is available in the careers guide section.

Gender

We will be starting projects to aimed at improving the gender diversity of the profession towards the end of 2019.  Please consider joining the Basecamp group on Careers and diversity if you are interested in helping out by emailing Hubs@rcslt.org

Ethnicity

We will be starting projects aimed at improving the ethnic diversity of the profession towards the end of 2019.  Please consider joining the Basecamp group on Careers and diversity if you are interested in helping out by emailing Hubs@rcslt.org