STEP schools. Educational Psychologist 36.5 hours per week Term Time only Salary - 40,000-45,000 (dependent upon experience)

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STEP schools

Educational Psychologist

36.5 hours per week – Term Time only

Salary - £40,000 - £45,000 (dependent upon experience)

We are a cross-phase partnership of 7 schools in Kings Heath and Moseley strongly committed to improving outcomes for children and their families. We are looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Educational Psychologist to support across the schools in our group.

Working across the schools on a pro-rata basis you will carry out initial assessments, ongoing casework and contribute to meeting the statutory requirements of an Educational Psychologist as laid out in the Code of Practice. In addition, you will provide an intensive level of support to staff across the schools to develop their own practice in relation to meeting the learning and emotional needs of children with SEND and their families.

All schools offer a friendly and welcoming environment with committed and supportive leadership and staff.

Applicants must have appropriate qualifications to work as an Educational Psychologist. They must be eligible for registration with the Health Care Professions Council. An enhanced DBS check will be required.

The position is a one year fixed term contract in the first instance. This is a new role with the potential to be developed further. The longer term vision is to create a pro-active approach to supporting SEND, rooted in early and effective intervention.

Interviews will be held on Monday 13th July 2015

Informal enquiries to Margaret McCarthy, Queensbridge Secondary School, or Shirley Hanson, Kings Heath Primary School

Closing date: 29.06.2015 at 12pm

A Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check will be undertaken.



Job Description

Post: Educational Psychologist Salary: £ 40 000 - £ 45 000

1. Job Purpose

1.1 To provide a psychological service to the children, young people and families served by the schools in STEP

2. Duties & Responsibilities

2.1 To ensure early identification of SEND to minimize impact on educational achievement

2.2 To provide and co-ordinate recommendations for appropriate interventions for children with SEND

2.3 To support schools to evaluate and improve their own practice in relation to provision for SEND

2.4 To provide Statutory Psychological Advice to the Local Authority as part of the EHCP process and to contribute where necessary to the Annual Reviews of children.

2.6 To work in partnership with other agencies to ensure effective provision for all children

2.7 To comply with legal, regulatory, ethical requirements (including the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics).

2.8 To maintain up-to-date knowledge of the field of psychology in compliance with the requirements of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

2.9 To engage with regular evidence based supervision and performance review.

Performance Measures

2.9 All schools meeting statutory requirements with regard to provision for SEND

2.10 Improved academic achievement for SEND pupils across the school

2.11 Compliance with the requirements of the Health & Care Professions Council for practicing Educational Psychologists


2.11 To provide a regular service to all schools in STEP according to the time allocations Agreed between the schools

2.12 To provide regular and timely reports of assessments and other work carried out to School SENCos and Head Teachers

2.13 To meet regularly with SENCos / HTs of the schools in order to agree priorities


Your Own Responsibilities

2.16 To uphold the values, ethos and behavior policies of all schools in STEP

2.17 Develop your own personal networks.

2.18 Engage in appropriate and timely professional development.

2.19 Develop productive working relationships with staff in all schools.

3. Supervision Received

3.1 Supervising Officer Job Title

To be allocated by each school

3.2 Level of Supervision

Left to work within established guidelines subject to scrutiny by supervisor.

4. Supervision Given (excludes those who are indirectly supervised i.e. through others).

Professional supervision will be sourced in negotiation with the successful candidate.

5. Special Conditions

This post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which will be reviewed every three years.

Possesses an honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent qualification which is acceptable to the British Psychological Society as the graduate basis for registration as a chartered psychologist.

Possesses a post graduate qualification in Educational Psychology or an equivalent qualification recognised by the British Psychological Society.

Is eligible for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council – evidence will be required prior to commencing the post.

You will receive supervision and you will be required to contribute to your own Personal Development Review which takes place annually with a mid-year review.

This vacancy is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be undertaken.


Person Specification

Job Title: Educational Psychologist Salary: £ 40 000

Method of Assessment (M.O.A.) A.F. = Application Form; I = Interview; T. = Test or Exercise; C. = Certificate; P. = Presentation.



(Relevant work and other experience)

Experience and a proven track record working as a fully qualified Educational Psychologist within educational settings

Experience of supporting teaching and support staff to design successful catch-up interventions


Professional values Excellent attendance and punctuality record within current setting

Ability to meet deadlines

Acts with integrity and provides a role model

Safeguarding Children

Knowledge of current safeguarding legislation and practice

Proactively seeks to safeguard children, drawing on own knowledge and engaging in effective supervision to ensure that timely action is taken when necessary.

Works collaboratively with colleagues and other agencies to achieve this aim.


Leadership and Management

Ability to use range of techniques to achieve acceptable solutions and compromises

Effective negotiation skills

Excellent listening skills

Contributes to the creation of a positive environment which encourages open discussion and innovation.


Relationship Building

Successfully builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues and external agencies to achieve the best outcomes for pupils.

Successfully builds relationships with children and their families and carers’ demonstrating effective interpersonal skills in dealing with people at all levels and from a wide range of backgrounds.


High Level Written and Verbal Communication Skills

Communicates effectively across a range of contexts including the ability to create and deliver concise, and accurate information to a range of audiences

Ability to adapt style and content of written and verbal communication to the needs of the audience


Organisation and Planning Effectively plans and prioritises managing own work to ensure deadlines are met.

Maintains accurate up-to-date and accessible records.


Valuing Diversity Shows respect and understanding of diversity and values individual difference. Treats all people fairly and

appropriately regardless of race, religious belief, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, appearance or



Education/Qualifications NB: Full regard must be paid to overseas qualification

1. Has completed a post graduate qualification in educational psychology.

2. Is eligible for registration as an Educational Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council.

3. CPD record indicates a commitment to maintaining up-to-date skills and knowledge as required by the Health & Care Professions Council.




CPD record indicates a commitment to maintaining up-to- date skills and knowledge as required by the Health & Care Professions Council.



The ability to apply models and concepts from psychology to problems presented.

Desirable : Hold a full drivers licence





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