2FTE Educational Psychologist roles in Brighton & Hove
Soulbury A 2-7 plus SPA points 1-3
Are you looking for an educational psychology service that does more than statutory work? Are you interested in working in a service that embraces diversity to deliver our Anti-Racist Strategy? Would you like a role where innovation is valued, and you can feed into service improvements through planning and CPD days?
We are looking for 2 educational psychologists who are passionate about preventative local authority work to join our creative and experienced team. With a focus on early identification and intervention work, innovative service delivery in the face of rising need, and significant opportunities to work with our own multi-disciplinary outreach teams, as well as those from social care and health, we think that Brighton and Hove EPS is a service that can satisfy your professional needs.
Year 3 trainee EPs are very welcome to apply.
Interview date: w/c 11th October 2022
For an informal discussion:
Sarah Ahmed (APEP): 07701283098 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Williams (APEP): 07795335832 email@example.com
Clare Bradley (APEP): 07825113899 firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
Our Educational Psychology Service has strong leadership and is well respected in Brighton and Hove by our partners in education, health and social care, our educational settings and parent-carer forum. Our service is involved in many local strategies. We have significant involvement in the SEND Strategy and the mental health transformation agenda with health colleagues. Brighton and Hove Children’s Services has recognised the importance of supporting disadvantaged areas of the population and has actively acknowledged the work needed in education and social care to eradicate racism and become an anti-racist council through its Anti-Racist Strategy. These strategic links create opportunities for our maingrade EPs to experience systemic practice at the organisational level within the local authority and with health partners.
We like to innovate and have developed supportive tools for our practitioners and settings, such as our Attachment Aware Behaviour Regulation Policy Guidance, our SEND Review toolkit which we support Head Teachers SENCOs with, and our ATTEND form, a robust process for understanding the causes behind emotional school-based non-attendance and discovering the right strategies for each individual child. We have EPs working with early years and health colleagues, in the Virtual School and in our Adolescent Service which includes the Youth Offending Service. Brighton and Hove have innovated a new service that supports children with communication difficulties and their significant difficulties with attending school. This service is led by an Assistant Principal EP, but also provides maingrade EPs with the opportunity to supervise other professionals (teachers) and to support children using direct therapeutic interventions (play-therapy, CBT, VIG).
We offer a large training programme to schools alongside our sister services in Brighton and Hove Inclusion Support Services (BHISS). These sister services include: the Schools Wellbeing Service and Mental Health Support Team, where you will work with Primary Mental Health Workers and Education Mental Health Practitioners, as well as teachers, TAs, and Family Support Workers from our SEMH team, Literacy Support Service, Autism and Language Team, Deafness team and Visual Impairment team, and our Early Years SEN Team.
Our EPS is part of a partial buy-back traded offer to schools along with our colleagues in the Inclusion Support Services. Preventative work is a key part of what we do and we continue to innovate to ensure we are reaching those who need our support most. We listen to our settings and make changes to service delivery where these are needed, for example, our SENCOs asked for recorded training that would help them induct new members of staff or upskill existing ones at any point in the year. From this academic year we will be providing them with a suite of recorded training on the subjects of: How We Learn, Executive Functioning mini-series, Emotion Coaching for Senior Leadership, and many more psychology focused trainings.
Opportunities to develop your own interests in psychology is a key part of our service development. We are expanding our team as a direct response to our strategic leaders understanding the need for psychology to support all areas of SEND and inclusion. Our team are involved in service planning and development, our EPs are asked to give their views and they are listened to. We have whole team CPD days across the year which are a collaboration between all of our EPs and feature items delivered by the PEP, Assistant Principal EPs, maingrade EP and trainee EPs. Everyone’s view is valued in our team. This past year our focus has been on measuring the impact of our prevention work and becoming anti-racist practitioners. Next year we are focusing further on building our early intervention work by developing ELSA training and continue to work on our anti-racist practice and disadvantaged groups practice through dynamic assessment.
We regularly have Trainee EPs working in our service and ensure our qualifying trainees all leave our service confident and ready to take up their qualified status. All maingrade EPs are given the opportunity to supervise a TEP and financially renumerated for this leadership role. We also enjoy supporting our newly qualified EPs by giving them a reduced patch of schools and inducting them with our wider BHISS colleagues.
You will not only have supervision and line-management from one of our highly experienced Assistant PEPs, but also regular peer supervision that is organised by one of our maingrade EPs. Reflective practice is a key service offer to schools and other colleagues in the organisation, but we make sure that we provide time and space for our EP team to reflect on practice issues, wellbeing and where we want to go as a profession and as a service.
On top of all of this we have recently moved to new offices and are now co-located with social care, virtual school, care leavers team and many other colleagues. This is an exciting opportunity to strengthen our relationship even further and we have lovely offices to visit with outside space to meet in, sea views and parking spaces.
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As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).