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Educational Psychologist

Hackney Education
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Hackney Education provides a range of services to support the education of children, young people and adults in our inner London borough. Hackney is one of the UK's highest performing local authorities, serving one of London's best places to live and work. Within our diverse borough we serve a wide range of children and young people. We have a particular focus on supporting less advantaged families: Hackney figures in the 10% most deprived boroughs in England on a number of measures.

Hackney Education's key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner: making Hackney the most forward looking education system in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone. We see our borough as being one of the best places in the country for young people to grow, learn, develop and achieve - and one of the best places for colleagues to work and thrive in our education system.

Job Title: Main Scale Educational Psychologists

Salary: Soulbury Scale A3-A8 (plus SPA points - previously awarded SPA points will be honoured)

Terms and Conditions: Full time, Fixed term (1 year)

The Educational Psychology Service is seeking to recruit 2 full time Educational Psychologists. Both will temporarily work in either a commissioned role within CAMHS or Social Care.

CAMHS/MHST - the EP will support the training and development of a team of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) and the embedding of their work in education settings in Hackney.

Edge of Care Team - the EP will work alongside a multi-agency team to provide intensive support to families with the aim of keeping children in their homes safely, where appropriate, rather than entering the care system.

Due to the timing of the agreement of these roles, they will be advertised within the team at the end of the Summer Term 2022. The appointed EPs will then have an opportunity to either continue in the agreed role and/or take on a more generic team role working with schools and settings.

We are looking for Educational Psychologists with a clear understanding of psychology's relevance to children's development and who is able to operate with confidence, flexibility and professionalism in a range of contexts.

Hackney's key priority is to improve the life chances of every child, young person and learner in Hackney, making the education system one of the most forward looking in the UK, where schools, settings and partners provide an exciting environment which ensures inclusion and success for everyone.

Hackney Council offers:
  • A comprehensive induction and supervision programme including peer supervision, flexible working hours and an essential car user allowance
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods
  • Excellent IT facilities, including iPads
  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Up to 35 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service, working a 35 hour week
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family
  • Health and leisure discounts and cycle to work scheme
  • The team is based in a modern open plan building with a dedicated work space in the heart of Hackney

Minimum Requirements: Psychology degree (or BPS equivalent); professional qualification in Educational Psychology (doctorate, masters or equivalent); and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (as qualified EPs).

This post requires an enhanced DBS check.

Start date: ASAP


If you have the skills and experience, please click on the link provided and you will be redirected to the company's website to complete your application. No CV's will be accepted.

Closing date: Sunday, 5th December 2021

Interviews: Monday, 13th December 2021

Hackney Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment. As this role involves regulated activity, the successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and additional pre-employment checks in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

We are also working towards our vision, which is to be a place for everyone; where residents and staff can be proud; a place that celebrates diversity and where everyone can feel valued, included and involved. In order to achieve this, we look for people who are: Proud; Ambitious; Pioneering; Open; Proactive; Inclusive.

Hackney Council works to eradicate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy and maternity, age and marital status. We also recognise that people can be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will also work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class. We also welcome those interested in flexible working. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and people from a black and ethnic minority background as these groups are currently under represented in our workforce.
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