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Educational Psychologist
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Educational Psychologist
Salary - NJC Spinal Column Points 39 – 42 (£44,790 - £47,841) / 45 – 48 (£50,826 - £53,928) per annum | Based in Kingston or Twickenham | Permanent | Full-time / Part-time

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further, we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
Following a growing demand from our schools and commissioners to increase their psychological input beyond our initial projections we are seeking to appoint enthusiastic, creative and innovative Educational Psychologists (EPs).

As an Educational Psychologist for Achieving for Children you will be joining:

An EP team which is highly regarded by schools and other services/organisations across Kingston and Richmond.

A service which successfully commissions and trades with a wide range of stakeholders, allowing for creative and interesting systemic and early intervention opportunities.

A service which keeps psychological theory and research at the forefront of all our practice and work, and is committed to providing a high-quality evidence-based psychological service to children and young people in our communities.

A service which highly values professional development and service development. As such, we ensure there is protected time for all EPs to work collectively and systemically. Our safeguarded time, enables us to focus on training, service development, project work and early intervention.

We are a large team with a range of professional interests and experience (including a number of EPs linked to the professional training courses, and recently the Anna Freud Link Programme for Schools). We have a number of specialisms and opportunities for all EPs to pursue individual areas of interest; we are always looking for ways to expand our systemic involvement.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a warm, welcoming and supportive psychological team.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.

About you
To be an Educational Psychologist for AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:

Committed to operating within a consultative framework, can demonstrate awareness of how to make an impact in applying psychology to affect change, and view team work and peer support as key factors in a successful service.

Ability to use, describe and explain psychological concepts, theories, research and practice in a way which enthuses others and adds to their understanding.

Interested in working systemically across two boroughs and committed to early intervention.

About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective psychological supervision
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation.
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here.

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
Applicants must be professionally qualified and registered with the HCPC or be in their final year of training on a professional Educational Psychology Doctoral programme. If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile.

Please apply online including a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria for this post detailing what skills, knowledge, experience and abilities you can bring to the role, as outlined in the role profile.

NB Applicants to note that this post is not paid on Soulbury terms and conditions.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Sarah Lambe (Principal Educational Psychologist) or one of our Senior Educational Psychologists on 020 8547 6698 for an informal discussion. Alternatively, emails can be sent to our Educational Psychology email address - A member of the EPS Leadership Team would also be more than happy to facilitate discussion via remote means (e.g. Google Meet) ahead of any application.

Closing Date: 23rd May 2021

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer, this extends to welcoming candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. 

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
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