Principal Educational Psychologist
  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE02973
  • Published: Wed 17/02/2021, 3:47 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 03/03/2021, 3:47 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £59646 - £63323 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Chichester

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Principal Educational Psychologist

For more information, please visit our dedicated Educational Psychology website

Salary: £59,646 - £63,323 per annum
Working Pattern: 37 hours per week (full time)
Contract: Permanent
Location: County Hall, Chichester
Interview Date: 09 March 2021(Interviews will take place via MS Teams, Skype or equivalent)

As a Principal Educational Psychologist, you will be a significant part of our Senior Leadership Team for SEND and Inclusion. You will work in partnership with the Assistant Director, Principal Lead, SENAT (Special Educational Needs Assessment Team), and our Specialist Teaching Service across the Education and Skills Directorate and colleagues across the wider Children's Services, as well as key external partners.

This role provides professional leadership of the service area (approximately 70 staff) and is responsible for providing statutory work of EHC (Education and Health Care) plans whilst offering a traded service to pre-school settings, schools, and colleges.

As a Principal Educational Psychologist, you will advise and support decision makers and ensure the developmental needs and learning needs of the children and young people are accurately assessed and responded to. You will be responsible for managing a high number of assessments and associated resources, playing a strategic role in driving the cultural change needed to embed inclusive practice and build parental confidence in our educational settings across the County.

As part of the strategic drive, you will develop a clear vision and lead with direction, championing new initiatives, negotiating, and implementing change successfully. You will be responsible for managing budgets in your service area, ensuring value for money and efficient use of resources.

We are looking for someone with extensive experience of working with children with specialist evidenced knowledge in psychology practice. You will have a passion for providing positive and visionary leadership with a strong work ethic and team ethos. If you feel this role is for you, we would love to hear from you. Find out more below!

Key Skills:

  1. Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills using excellent communication and interpersonal skills across the widest variety of media.
  2. Developed prioritisation and workload management skills.
  3. Strong strategic development skills.
  4. Ability to apply educational psychology in practice and understanding its role in supporting Local Authority priorities in helping vulnerable children and young people.
  5. Developed ability to overcome resistance and build effective relationships with children, young people, parents and carers and other professionals.
  6. Ability to maintain professional boundaries in complex and emotionally challenging situations.
  7. Ability to manage stressful and complex situations within the boundaries of LA policy and statutory expectations.
  8. Evidenced collaborative, partnership and networking skills with internal and external partners.
  9. Coaching and challenging skills.
  10. Effective analysis reflection and judgement skills.
  11. Ability to represent the LA in a variety of contexts.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • An Honours degree in Psychology or recognised equivalent qualification;
  • Successfully followed a course of specific post graduate professional training as an educational psychologist.
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Postgraduate qualification/CPD in management.
  • Substantial relevant experience working with children in education or children's services or both.
  • Successful experience as an educational psychologist in at least one Local Authority.
  • Experience of management and supervision of educational psychologists, other education staff or multi-agency teams.
  • Understanding of best practice in relation to dispute and mediation practice.
  • Developed understanding of educational organisation in schools, colleges, and other settings.
  • A good understanding of school improvement and the role of support services in this area.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of appropriate legal and policy frameworks and case law as applied to SEND legislation and awareness of changing contexts at local, organisational and national level, and the implications for practice.

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.

The reference number for this role is CAFHE02973.

For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Natalie Greene (Resourcing Advisor) at

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

This post is subject to HCPC registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and an occupational health check.

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