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Educational Psychologist

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full and Part Time
Working Pattern:
Full time and Part time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 24/03/2019 23:59
Soulbury Scale A Scale point 2-7 plus SPA points (pro rata to hours worked).
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Employment Location:
Patchway and Kingswood Hub, South Gloucestershire
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Job details 

Closing date:
24 Mar

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Main Scale Educational Psychologists

We are looking to appoint solution focussed and innovative Educational Psychologists to join a professional service in South Gloucestershire.

We have a range of options for potential applicants to work full time or part time
either on a permanent or limited term basis. We are also looking for Educational Psychologists to work with us on an Associate contractual basis.

We are a friendly, supportive team of psychologists who promote inclusion through applying psychology to create change.

The South Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service is well regarded within the authority and is key in achieving better outcomes for children and young people. The Educational Psychology service sits within the Education, Learning and Skills Division of the Department for Children Adults and Health.

The EP Service promotes child development and learning through the application of psychology, by working with individuals and groups of children; teachers and other adults in schools; families and other local authority officers; health social care and other agencies.

Our core values as a service are:

Child centred
Quality and competence
Honesty and Integrity

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 12th April 2019; please advise us at the time of application if you are not available on this date.

The post holder will be based at Patchway or Kingswood Hub, South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work and is very close to the cities of Bristol and Bath.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

To support schools to deliver the graduated approach for children, young people and young adults aged 0-25, who may have Special Educational Needs and others about whom there may be a concern as outlined in the Code of Practice 2015. This will be through systemic work, casework, through delivering training and having a good knowledge of evidence informed interventions.

To carry out psychological assessments as part of the EHC needs assessment process.

To lead on an area of interest within the service and contribute to the development of joined up working with other relevant professionals and agencies and have particular expertise in areas that schools would wish to purchase.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Essential Qualifications:

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council

A fully qualified Educational Psychologist has either: An Honours Degree in Psychology - or equivalent acceptable for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society

A) A recognised teaching qualification, at least two years qualified classroom teaching experience (pre 2006), a Masters qualification in Educational Psychology and current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council


B) An Honours Degree in Psychology (post 2006) - or equivalent acceptable for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society, considerable experience working with children and/or young people and their families, Doctorate in Educational Psychology and current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council

Essential criteria:

Evidence of having developed special interests within the field of Psychology

Knowledge of relevant legislation as it affects schools and early years’ settings in general and EP work in particular

A creative approach to problem-solving with an ability to think and work strategically

Use of initiative to develop and lead project work and develop new areas of the service to sell, showing evidence of innovative practice

Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, both verbally and in writing. Demonstrating an adaptable, positive and co-operative approach to others

Proven ability to adapt quickly and to be responsive to external demands, whilst maintaining a good working relationship with colleagues, other professionals and parents

Ability to prioritise workload, to meet deadlines and to conform to administrative requirements. Proven ability to deliver high quality casework


Experience of working as a main scale Educational Psychologist

Experience of working or delivering a traded Educational Psychology service model

Evidence of further professional development in relevant areas

Please indicate your preference of full-time/part time post and whether you are interested in Associate work.

Additional Information

This post is designed as politically sensitive under the Local Government and Housing Act by virtue of the remuneration level being or exceeding spinal column point 44 or equivalent.

This role requires you to work with a wide range of individuals and agencies, both internally and externally, including voluntary and community groups. The ability to communicate well and manage priorities is essential.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate
spoken English is essential for the post

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD (Email: sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk)

Use of a vehicle: The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For an informal conversation please contact or Simon Jones, Senior Educational Psychologist on 01454 863163 or Carys Bell, Senior Educational Psychologist on 01454 866709.

Salary: Soulbury Scale A Scale point 2-7 plus SPA points (pro rata to hours worked).

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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