Educational Psychologist - Working for Essex
Salary: Soulbury Pay Scale A 2-7 plus up to 3 SPA points
Closing date: 24 Apr 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16331
Role: Education
About the role

Educational Psychologist

Permanent, Full Time

Soulbury Pay Scale A 2-7 plus up to 3 SPA points

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 24th April 2024 

Please note salary will pay based on the Soulbury Pay Scale + SPA and your entry level to the role would determine salary.

The Role

Essex County Council is seeking Main Grade Educational Psychologists who are passionate about applying psychology to join our dynamic Educational Psychology Service (EPS). We welcome applications from all including Trainee Educational Psychologists in their second or third year of training.

Essex Educational Psychology Service

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

Our offer:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a large, progressive and highly regarded EPS. As an Essex EP you will be supported via a comprehensive induction process and an exemplary programme of ongoing clinical supervision. You will also benefit from an excellent continuing professional development programme which includes eight whole-service 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. Essex EPS also has excellent links with doctoral training programmes and a number of EPs within the service are also academic and professional tutors. As a maingrade EP, you will have the chance to develop your practice with support and guidance from our team of senior specialist colleagues, who are passionate about sharing their knowledge, applying evidence-based approaches, and developing psychologically based interventions. Ongoing projects also include VIG, ELSA, Critical Incident support (Psychological First Aid) and delivering the DfE Senior Mental Health Lead training in schools. In addition, you may have opportunities to develop your own special interests by working alongside Essex’s strategic leads relating to specific areas of SEND. 

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 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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