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Educational Psychologist

City Of Doncaster Council
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Grade: Soulbury Main Local Scale A – SCP 2 – 7 £39,816 - £49,318 + (3 SPA’s) (Pay award pending)
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

There’s never been a more exciting time to join Doncaster Council.

We are passionate about Doncaster - it’s a great place to live, do business and visit.

We have plenty to shout about – Doncaster is the UK’s best connected location, we have many major developments in the pipeline, a vibrant urban centre with a thriving arts and cultural scene, sport and leisure attractions, wonderful green spaces and a fascinating heritage.  We firmly believe, as do our partners, that Doncaster is the place to be with a bright future and ambitions ahead of it.  But don’t just take our word for it – anyone joining the council, can look forward to expanding their knowledge and skills in a dynamic, creative and nurturing environment while truly making a difference to the communities we serve.

Building on the strengths of being the UK’s best connected location, Doncaster is transforming the way it looks and feels. Anyone joining our council can look forward to working for a confident, ambitious organisation with big plans to develop further and deliver for our residents, workforce and visitors. The Educational Psychology Service at Doncaster Council has its own vision and values that are embedded in everything we do. You will find a team of professionals committed to advocating for children and young people and working closely with families and other agencies.

Educational Psychologists work to support the local authority and schools/settings in meeting the needs of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND as well as supporting the development of inclusive and high quality education for all learners

We are looking for a professionally qualified Educational Psychologist to join our friendly, supportive and well-regarded service.

We work with children, parents, schools, pre-school providers, other education settings and health and care agencies to apply the principles of the SEN Code of Practice to help children and young people to improve their learning and to achieve the best they can in life and promote the inclusion of all children and young people in the life of their school and in the local community. As a service, we have a strong commitment to support educational settings within Doncaster to celebrate diversity and ensure all children and young people fulfil their potential in their education.

Your role

Educational Psychologists working for Doncaster Educational Psychology Service are encouraged to further their development as applied psychologists in their work to support the psychological and educational development and well-being of children and young people across the burrow. The work involves a full range of tasks including consultation, assessment, advice, training, research and development.

There is a strong culture of collaborative working, both within the service and the local area, and we regularly work alongside other services such as the Autism and Social Communication Education and Training Services, Behaviour Outreach Service, CAMHS locality, Visual and Hearing Impairment team and the Special Educational Needs team. There continues to be exciting opportunities to develop the work of the service and innovation and creativity is encouraged.

What we can offer:

Doncaster Educational Psychology Service is an inclusive service where everyone is encouraged and supported to develop their career and follow the professional pathway they feel passionate about. As a service, we are driven by our values: being inclusive, supportive, holistic, consultants, advocates, proactive, assertive and flexible. For us, that means that we continuously seek opportunities to work collaboratively and support each other, we see educational psychology as a role where the individual is part of a collective project, strongly linked with its community and strategic in terms of being innovative and creative.

As an Educational Psychologist in our team, you will be able to work flexibly to complete you admin, at home or in the office, you will be provided with technology devices that will allow you to work remotely. You will work within a large, friendly and supportive team that cherishes diversity and will value your experience and interests.  

As part of your role, you will be offered opportunities to take part in local and regional meetings and projects and will be encouraged and supported to be yourself, share your strengths to enrich the team and your interests to grow and develop our work!

As the service is mainly non-traded, you will have the flexibility to develop your role to meet the local schools’ needs and drive your practice towards preventative work, fostering early intervention and being able to control your own practice based on your professional judgement and the child or young people’s best interests.

You will be provided with regular peer supervision, a regular program of CPD and opportunities for peer support and collaborative working. The local authority provides a flexi work scheme and a full range of employee benefits. The EPS is paperless and EPs are encouraged to work from home when possible to complete admin tasks.

What you'll need

We are looking for an Educational Psychologist who is enthusiastic about the value of applied psychology in promoting positive outcomes for our children and young people and their families. They will also need to be creative and flexible with excellent inter-personal skills; who can also demonstrate a reflective approach to practice and a commitment to furthering their professional development.

To succeed in this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of psychological research and practice relevant to children and young people’s development and experience of a wide range of psychological assessment and intervention approaches and techniques for children and young people.

As a qualified Educational Psychologist working with children and young people and their families as well as other professionals working with them, you will be required to have excellent oral and written communication skills for a wide range of needs and audiences.

You must have a post-graduate training in educational psychology or equivalent and HCPC registration.

Educational Psychologists in Doncaster are currently paid on a Soulbury Local Scale and receive a market supplement that equates to national Soulbury pay

Further details about the responsibilities and requirements of the role are contained in the Job Description and Person Specification.

If you require any further information, please contact Dr Raquel Avila at, Dr Jayne Manning at or Laura de Cabo at 

Job Description.pdf

Person Specification.pdf

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

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