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Principal Educational Psychologist

About the role

I am delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to join us as a Principal Educational Psychologist, to lead and manage the Educational Psychology Team, ensuring that services are of the highest quality and that the local authority fulfils its statutory duties for the timely identification, assessment and review of children and young people with SEND.  The successful candidate will play an active role in Senior Management Teams, working collaboratively to enable the SEND Service to provide the highest possible support to its clients and have budget management experience as this role is responsible for the Service budgets.

Applications are invited from candidates with the relevant qualifications and post-qualifying experience, along with an excellent knowledge of current Educational Psychology Team practice and the role of the service in a local authority with a shared approach to improvement. 

What will you be doing?

The role will provide professional leadership and management for the Senior Educational Psychologists and ensure the continued development of the Educational Psychology Team as part of the wider Education Directorate.  You will work sensitively and pro-actively with schools, families, children and young people to maximise levels of education attainment, achievement and personal development, supporting the most vulnerable learners to thrive.  This role is full of exciting opportunities beyond the realm of statutory obligations.  As an integral part of the role you will have the chance to delve into innovative projects and collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams and pioneer new evidence informed approaches to enhance educational experiences

About you

If you are passionate about applying psychology to make a meaningful difference in education and eager to explore fresh avenues of professional growth, this role is tailor made for you. 

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure with Adult and Child Barred List checks obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and candidates expressing an interest in this opportunity must understand and demonstrate this commitment. 

The job description for this role is attached and if you wish to discuss this opportunity or would like more information please contact .

Please use your supporting statement (no more than two sides of A4) to summarise how you meet the criteria set out in the attached job description. 

The closing date for applications is 21st July and interviews are planned to take place week commencing 29th July 2024.

Our benefits

We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits in addition to the basics like annual leave, sick pay, pension and mileage…

  • A comprehensive wellbeing package to cover all aspects of wellbeing, both in and out of work, which can also be accessed by your family
  • Buy up to 4 weeks additional annual leave (pro-rata) through our salary sacrifice scheme
  • Take your bank holidays flexibly to better suit your personal circumstances
  • Make Additional Voluntary Contributions (Shared AVCs) to your pension with tax and National Insurance savings
  • Access to development opportunities, apprenticeships and qualified coaches to support your personal and professional growth
  • Paid volunteering hours each year so you can make a positive impact on our community during your normal working day
  • Access to Peer Support Groups through our IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Opportunities to nominate and receive Employee Recognition Awards
  • An Our Cambs Rewards account, giving you access to in-store and online discounts as well as our Car Lease and Cycle to Work schemes

About us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Our four values are central to our culture, driving everything we do.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we firmly believe benefits our colleagues, the organisation and our communities. If you don’t meet every single requirement in the job role but think this could be you, please don’t be put off.   We are committed to building a workplace that is compassionate and inclusive as well as diverse, so if you think you could be a good candidate for this role please consider applying and speak to the recruiting manager if you have any questions.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, along with our employee network 'IDEAL' and self-organised peer support groups help us to foster an inclusive, supportive and safe working environment where people feel valued, respected, and empowered.  We collect relevant diversity data for monitoring as part of the recruitment process to understand the diversity of our applicants and monitor any trends throughout the recruitment processes so that we can take meaningful action.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We fully support providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, as well as when you join us, and we encourage candidates to contact the Hiring Manager, whose details can be found in the advert, to discuss any adjustment needs. Some examples of adjustments could include additional time to complete an assessment or printing a document on pastel coloured paper with larger font size and line spacing. We would value talking about what might be possible to enable you to join us and thrive, so if there is something that would help you to do your best during your journey with us, please get in touch.

Visit our jobs and careers section to find out more about our wide range of learning and development opportunities; apprenticeships; our wellbeing package; staff benefits; our commitment to equality, diversity and Inclusion.


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