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Senior Educational Psychologist

Employer
Leicestershire County Council
Location
Leicestershire
Salary
Soulbury Scale B 5-8
Closing date
7 Jun 2022

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Sector
Education
Job role
Manager
Contract Type
Full time
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Leicestershire EPS (LEPS) is a high quality and growing service. We are seeking applications from Senior Educational Psychologists (SEPs) who wish to broaden their experience or Educational Psychologists (EPs) who want to take the next step in their career development. This post offers opportunities to increase the variety of your work, lead on service developments and work collaboratively with settings, schools and colleges, as well as families and other education, health and care services at a strategic level.

We are a friendly team of EPs with a good balance of experienced and newly qualified EPs. As SEP you will manage one of two virtual but co-located teams covering North or South Leicestershire.  There are opportunities to lead on developing initiatives within the SEND Children and Family Service and to work collaboratively with other team leaders.

We use an allocation system for statutory work that supports EPs to manage their workload, as well as provide as much consistency for children, young people and schools as possible.

We are a partially traded service and are well regarded, with demand for our wider role and commissioned work growing year on year. This workcurrently includes:

  • Service level agreements with individual schools, academies and multi-academy trusts
  • Specialist commissioned work with services such as Leicestershire Virtual School and Barnardo’s
  • Consultation as an approach, along with EP participation in locality-based multi-agency (inclusion)forums to build capacity in schools
  • Centrally delivered training and capacity-building work, including ELSA and our bi-annual SEND CPD days for schools and other educational settings
  • A team of educational psychologists working together to create and deliver engaging and evidence-informed training days. We have explored a range of topics including executive functioning, understanding emotions through Emotion Coaching, and the impact of anxiety on learning and school attendance. Our CPD days are very popular, with over 150 delegates attending in 2021!

We aim to apply psychology creatively and collaboratively to empower and inspire others to promote inclusion and learning, wellbeing, and positive futures for all. As our service continues to grow, so do opportunities to engage in other work to support inclusion in Leicestershire.

LEPS have an integral role in Leicestershire County Council’s delivery of the DfE’s Wellbeing for Education Recovery programme. Leicestershire County Council has the vision of becoming a trauma informed and responsive organisation. Now is an exciting time to join our Service!

We are committed to supporting the development of the profession and enjoy strong links to the training programmes with opportunities to become Trainee EP supervisors.  A member of our team currently holds a secondment post as Professional Practice Tutor at the University of Nottingham.

Leicestershire EPs have access to:

  • Excellent whole Service and individual CPD opportunities
  • Fortnightly whole Service meetings
  • Service Development Days twice a year
  • Collaborative work and participation in Task and Finish groups to develop new areas for applying psychology and strengthening current EP practice 
  • Regular and high-quality individual supervision sessions which include conversations about Emotional Health and Wellbeing and any support which may be required  
  • Opportunities for high-quality peer supervision as well as informal supervision sessions
  • A well-appointed central office base and first-class facilities within County Hall, Glenfield
  • Local ‘touchdown’ bases across the county to reduce travel time
  • Up-to-date ICT equipment for mobile / agile working
  • Effective Business Support
  • Flexible, family friendly working arrangements are supported
  • Social events organised by team members to meet and keep connected.

We place a high value on EPs having a good work life balance.

Since 2020 we have adapted our work practice to enable children and young people, their parents/carers, teachers and early years practitioners to access our services remotely when required.

Informal enquiries are welcome. Please telephone to speak with George Pasternicki, acting Principal Educational Psychologist Tel: 0116 305 5100 or via email on Email: george.pasternicki@leics.gov.uk

If you would like an informal chat with a member of the team please contact Louise Sawyerr or Rebecca Kirkbride, Senior Educational Psychologists 0116 305 5100.

This post is available as a combination of office and home working (1 day in the office and 4 days working from home per week). It is offered on a full-time basis - if you are interested in working part-time hours, compressed hours or having flexible start and finish times, please contact George Pasternicki, acting Principal Educational Psychologist (contact information above) to discuss this further.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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