Assistant Educational Psychologist
Following the successful applications of our current Assistant Educational Psychologists to the Doctorate programme in Educational Psychology, Somerset and North Somerset Educational Psychology Service is seeking to recruit Assistant Educational Psychologists who are planning future careers as Educational Psychologists.
The posts will have a generic job description with opportunities to develop a specialism. These posts are fixed term for two years from 1 September 2021.
A comprehensive programme of induction and training will be provided, offering excellent preparation for applying to professional postgraduate educational psychology training programmes.
There is a current focus on developing a community model of working with our schools and settings alongside a commitment to developing a strong and varied traded offer. We’re excited about the flexibility this offers whilst still being able to work strategically within two local authorities.
All Educational Psychologists have specialist time available to them and we have strong university links with tutors from the Doctorate in Educational Psychology courses at the universities of Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff working within the Somerset team.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
It is an exciting time to be joining Somerset and North Somerset Educational Psychology Service, as we are embedding new systems and processes, and successful candidates will be involved in a range of opportunities to develop and diversify, which include:
- Undertake observations and assessments, deliver interventions, and gather views of children, young people and their families under the guidance of a qualified Educational Psychologist.
- Work jointly with Educational Psychologists and Advisory Teachers, supporting a range of work related to SEND.
- Support Educational Psychologists with contributions towards Education, Health and Care Plans and Annual Reviews as appropriate.
- Deliver small group and individual interventions in schools and settings.
- Develop and deliver training for schools, settings, partner agencies and families.
- Develop project work to carry out small scale research in line with LA priorities or upon request from schools and other commissioners including service evaluation.
- Undertake tasks of increasing complexity, commensurate with more advanced competencies as skill and experience develops within the role.
- Carry out other duties and functions as reasonably requested and related to your role.
- Liaise and co-operate on a multi- agency basis and with voluntary organisations on the needs of individual or groups of children.
- Maintain a high standard of professional expertise through professional training, reading, and the pursuit of specialist topics of interest; to keep colleagues informed of current developments in these areas and, where appropriate, initiate research.
- To support the delivery of traded services arranged through Service Level Agreements with schools and other educational settings.
- Support the development of large commissions, and co-lead on the evaluation of these.
We offer ICT support (laptop and smartphone), supervision and supportive colleagues
A few things about you
If you are a motivated, organised, solution- focused, and committed individual with a good understanding of psychology, do consider applying. You will be working closely with educational psychologists, families, educational settings, and the LA to deliver psychological services.
We welcome applications from individuals with a psychology degree or equivalent which makes you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society and experience and interest in working with children, young people aged 0-25 and their families in educational or community settings.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Ysanne Marville (Senior Educational Psychologist) via YMarville@somerset.gov.uk
All interviews will take place virtually via MS Teams.
Provisional Interview Date: w/c 7th June 2021
Why choose Somerset County Council
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Staff discounts in gyms.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.
If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
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