Educational Psychologist - Attainment Challenge (Temporary)

North Ayrshire Council
£40,128 - £51,042 per year
07 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Profile




To assess and report on the psychological and educational needs of children, young people and young adults (up to 25 years of age) to provide advice and guidance for them and their carers, teachers and partner agencies.


Corporate Responsibilities

  • To deliver an effective educational psychology service in accordance with the Council's corporate policies and procedures and relevant strategic vision.
  • To understand information management and security issues and work in line with legislation and Council policies and guidelines, ensuring that information is used, shared and managed appropriately.
  • To undertake any other reasonably required duties, consistent with duties detailed in Part 2 Section 2 of the SCNT Handbook of Conditions of Service, as directed by the Executive Director (Education and Youth Employment) or nominee, in addition to the role specific tasks & responsibilities detailed below.

Role Specific Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Assess and report on the psychological and educational needs of children, young people and young adults (up to 25 years of age) to provide advice and guidance for them and their carers, teachers and partner agencies.
  • Undertake work with the client group.
  • Deliver the service to educational establishments (and other agencies where appropriate) by means of practice agreements.
  • Deliver the five strands of service provision from the base of one sector.
  • Work co-operatively with colleagues within and across sectors on specified tasks or projects, ensuring effective integrated and partnership working between the Educational Psychology Service, teaching establishments, Social Services and health professionals, in order to support improved outcomes for children.
  • Provide professional advice in relation to the council's policies.
  • Advise the Council, within the context of legislation, on the assessment of the needs of the client group.






Qualifications & Registration

  • Honours Degree, or equivalent, in Psychology
  • Postgraduate training in Educational Psychology (or in the process of completing post graduate training)
  • Registered with the HCPC (or eligible to commence a probationary period)
  • Required to join the PVG scheme for this type of regulated work
  • Post qualification continuing professional development
  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre-employment Check


  • Awareness of the current issues and opportunities in Scottish Education
  • Experience of working as an Educational Psychologist
  • Experience of the range of service delivery across all five Currie roles
  • Experience of contributing to the positive ethos of a service
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Professional autonomy and accountability

  • Ability to work autonomously and self-manage workload to meet demands
  • Responsibility for completion and recording of personal CPD as per HCPC requirements
  • Understanding of the ethical requirements of practice and the importance of confidentiality
  • Ability to rise to a variety of challenges and to work, at times, under pressure
  • Ability to take initiative within link schools Previous experience of working to practice agreements with schools
  • Knowledge of and commitment to self-evaluation and quality assurance
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Professional relationships

  • Understand the need to build and sustain professional relationships as both an independent practitioner and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Ability to understand the demands faced by carers, young people and other professionals to engage with them successfully as partners
  • Previous experience of multi-agency team working
  • Ability to support others in expressing and reflecting upon their own thinking
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Identification & assessment of educational, health and social care needs

  • Ability to draw together, evaluate and analyse information from different agencies to present to a variety of recipients
  • Ability to select and use appropriate assessment techniques
  • Experience of assessment using a holistic, ecological approach
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Formulation and delivery of plans and strategies

  • Ability to use research, reasoning and problem solving skills to determine appropriate actions
  • Ability to support implementation of agreed plans
  • Awareness of appropriate record keeping
  • Ability to respond flexibly
  • Experience of undertaking research within an educational context
  • Experience of supporting implementation of agreed plans
  • Ability to respond in pressurised situations/ think on feet
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Critical evaluation of impact

  • Research & evaluation skills
  • Awareness & understanding of staged intervention procedures
  • Critical evaluation skills
  • Experience of working within staged intervention systems
  • Ability to demonstrate an evaluative approach to reviewing practice
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview

** Knowledge, understanding and personal skills

  • Ability to demonstrate skills and knowledge relating to educational psychology across all five core functions
  • Knowledge of child & adolescent development relevant to educational psychology
  • Effective written and verbal communication with the ability to listen to, and express, opinions
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and resilient
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge of frameworks for educational psychology practice
  • Application Form
  • References
  • Interview


  • Ability to travel throughout North Ayrshire


  • Application Form
  • Interview
  • Pre/Post-interview Check (if appropriate)

Additional Information

This Post is a fixed term post specifically to support North Ayrshire's implementation of the Scottish Attainment Challenge.  The post holder will have a key role in supporting the nurture and professional learning academy workstreams.  We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative psychologist to help ensure the maximum impact of our work in this area.

** The Standards for Proficiency for Practitioner Psychologists are actively explored as part of North Ayrshire Council's recruitment and Professional Review and Development (PRD) processes. Further information on the Standards can be found on the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) website.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Preferred candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by North Ayrshire Council.  Please note, successful candidates will be expected to meet the cost of the relevant PVG check (£59 or £18), which will be deducted in instalments from your wages following commencement of employment.  For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit For further details on North Ayrshire Council's policy please visit


As part of the selection process we ask that you provide ONE completed reference alongside your application form. References will be read in conjunction with your application form. Therefore, applicants who do not submit references in time will be placed at a disadvantage compared to those who have provided appropriate references, as additional points will be added to your score where the panel are in receipt of a satisfactory reference (i.e  0 points for no reference received, maximum of 6 points for a very strong reference). Your second referee will be contacted by North Ayrshire Council if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

Please note that it is your responsibility to gather a reference, and forward the completed reference to the relevant contact within the School. References should be received before the closing date for the vacancy. References for this vacancy should be emailed to:

Sam March