A bit about us
Somerset & North Somerset – ‘Change is possible’
We have significant increasing investment from the local authority to expand and develop our service to promote positive outcomes for children and young people across the county. We are, therefore, looking to recruit an enthusiastic Educational Psychologist who is professionally qualified, registered with the HCPC, and keen to work through a variety of models of service delivery. We have positions available in North Somerset immediately, and will be looking to recruit in Somerset in the near future.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
It is an exciting time to be joining Somerset and North Somerset EPS, as we embed new ways of applying psychology to best meet the needs of our local areas, and there are a range of opportunities to hone your skills as a psychologist. We believe that ‘change is possible’.
- We have a PEP, Assistant PEPs, Senior EPs and Specialist Senior EPs leading this large service.
- The EPS has been at the frontline of the LAs pandemic support to schools response – with innovative remote support, development of new therapeutic-based models of intervention and leading national training.
- There is a focus on a community model of working with our schools and settings and developing a growing traded service to educational settings and other providers.
- EPs are working in varied and creative ways in mainstream, special, and Partnership Schools (PRUs). Our work includes systemic working, a well-established and highly regarded consultation process, supervision, training, parent drop-ins, ELSA, and support for SENCos.
- We have close links with various agencies and have EPs working with a range of partners: including Health, Children’s Social Care, Virtual School, MAISEY and Portage, and Post 16 (P2i).
- We support schools and settings following a Critical Incident.
- EPs make contributions to Local Area priorities including Preparation for Adulthood, Supporting Inclusive Schools, Early Years, and Participation and Engagement, as well as being an integral part of the SENCo Networks.
- We have a well-developed, positive relationship with local universities. We supervise TEPs, across all three years of the programme, and support the development of the profession
Our EPS benefits from being part of Inclusion Somerset. This enables the service to have a clear framework within which to operate. Our work plan covers statutory work, partnership work (preventative/non-statutory), as well as our traded offer.
A few things about you
You will have experience of working with children and young people, hold a degree in psychology and a have a positive, empathetic approach to the service.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Guy Clayton, Senior Educational Psychologist, on 07811 307321 (email email@example.com).
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 job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the Disclosure procedure.