Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist - Working for Essex
Salary: Soulbury Pay Scale B 7-9 plus up to 3 SPA points
Closing date: 02 May 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16315
Role: Education
About the role

Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist

Permanent, Full Time

Soulbury Pay Scale B 7-9 plus up to 3 SPA points

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 2nd May 2024 

We would welcome applications from candidates interested in a part time job share opportunity.

The Role

Essex County Council is seeking two outstanding individuals to join our dynamic Educational Psychology Service (EPS) as Deputy Principal Educational Psychologists (DPEP) West (Harlow and surrounding areas) & South (Basildon and surrounding areas) Quadrants.

Essex Educational Psychology Service

Essex Educational Psychology Service is a dynamic, progressive, research-informed, and solution-oriented team dedicated to applying psychology to improve lives and create positive change. Essex EPS is a highly regarded and reflective service that is committed to continuous professional and practice development. The service works collaboratively with multi-agency partners and professional colleagues in developing innovative approaches to meeting the needs of rapidly growing and diverse school communities across our county. The model of service delivery in Essex reflects a commitment to early-intervention, consultation, training, inclusion, social justice and building strong relationships with our schools/settings. To read more about us please visit: Education

The Opportunity:

As one of four quadrant DPEPs, you will work alongside DPEP colleagues, colleagues from other teams within Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the wider Education Directorate, as well as leading a quadrant team of Education Psychologists (EPs) and assistant EPs. You will be committed to meaningfully applying psychology to enable the systems (schools/settings, families, communities) supporting children and young people. DPEPs are responsible for the direct operational management and professional support of quadrant team members, ensuring that all colleagues are enabled to practise effectively, efficiently, and with professional integrity. DPEPs are also key contributors to the strategic development of the service and wider work in the Local Authority.

The offer in Essex:

EPs in Essex are supported via a comprehensive induction process and regular clinical supervision. There is an excellent continuing professional development programme which includes eight whole-service Continuous Personal Development (CPD) days and four personal CPD days (pro-rata) each year. This includes an annual two-day Projects and Research conference with presentations from innovative national and regional speakers as well as updates on research projects from within the service. The service has excellent links with university training programmes, with a number of EPs in the service also academic and professional tutors.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • are eligible for Graduate membership with the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS);
  • hold a Doctorate or a Masters degree in Professional Educational Psychology;
  • are registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist or will be eligible for registration with the HCPC at the end of their training;
  • have a good understanding of relevant legislation and evidence-based approaches and interventions; and
  • are committed to applying psychology to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Essex.

Additional benefits:

Essex County Council will support you with a competitive benefits package that is underpinned by our ambitious People Plan. Within this plan we set out our commitment to provide an exceptional work/life balance for every Essex County Council employee, including lifestyle-friendly working patterns and generous annual leave.

You will also have access to:

  • A welcome payment of up to £5000 plus a possible relocation package of up to £8000 (terms and conditions for both payments apply).
  • Money-off high street purchases via the Essex Extras Reward Scheme.
  • Flexible benefits such as the option to purchase additional holiday, plus a lease car scheme.
  • Paid HCPC registration.

Please note interviews will be held on 16th May 2024.

To read more about us please visit: Education

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

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Further information:

If you are interested in finding out more about educational psychology in Essex, please contact any of the following:

Jan McBride (DPEP)

Imogen Gorman (DPEP)

Sarah Proffitt (DPEP)

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