Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Virtual School - Hambleton and Richmond

Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Virtual School
Grade: Soulbury (B) 3-6
Salary: From £56,540 up to £61,848 pro rata per annum plus access to up to 3 SPA points, recruitment and retention incentives - plus relocation package
Contract: Permanent

Hours: Various hours available

Location: Across North Yorkshire. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from a range of bases across North Yorkshire, as well as working from home. We provide exceptional technology, providing all the equipment to support home based working to ensure efficient, and effective service delivery.


This continues to be an exciting time within North Yorkshire Council Educational Psychology service - we are embarking on an episode of considerable change. As of April 2023, we moved to a single new council for North Yorkshire to replace the current two-tier structure of local government. Presently, within the Council we are a small Educational Psychology team, however we are expanding, and we would like innovative, and solution-orientated psychologists to join us


We are in the process of expanding and developing our offer in support of our commitment to Inclusion and the rights of children to be positively included in their communities. We are always interested in hearing from talented individuals within this field. The post holder will be committed to the use of inclusive, evidenced-based applications of psychological approaches that promote positive outcomes for young people and reduce barriers to learning. The post holder will have a detailed understanding of the needs of young people who have experienced aspects linked to relational attachment or developmental trauma. They will be committed to the use of relational based approaches to supporting children, such as Emotion Coaching, Trauma-informed, solution orientated.


North Yorkshire Local Educational Authority are looking for a committed and enthusiastic, Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist to join the Inclusion Team and work directly with NYC Virtual School as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The Virtual school works with colleagues to support the education and wellbeing of looked after young people, those young people who are in care - previously looked after children, PLAC, Children in Need, CIN and young people who have a Child Protection, CP plan. There will be collaboration with the Virtual School and nationally recognised ARC, as a vital part of the role. 


The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work at different levels, working systemically with families and settings, being involved with training, engaging with groups and individuals to drive forward the authority Attachment Aware Trauma Informed schools project. This will include development of current networks to support ongoing development and sharing of best practice.



The successful applicant will:


·       Develop and deliver training to settings

·       Develop and deliver training for Virtual School personnel

·       Coach others in psychological approaches linked to the latest research in trauma responsive practice

·       Conduct action research and have the ability to carry out research for the Virtual School in accordance with their strategic objectives

·       Provide regular psychological case situation supervision to the Virtual School

·       Undertake multi-agency consultation work for schools

·       Make use of complex problem-solving approaches such as Circle of Adults.

·       Contribute to the SEMH strategic group and regional and National conferences as required by the Virtual Schools head teacher

·       Work closely with partners such as social work teams, Psychologically Informed Partnership Approach, PIPA psychologists with some joint working / training to support foster carers.

·       Offer support as required by the Virtual Schools head teacher as an integral part of the role


This post may involve a limited amount of selected statutory work or oversight of statutory work for the Virtual School head teacher. Psychological supervision will be available for the post holder from the Educational Psychology service.


Applications are welcomed from candidates who have a masters or doctorate level qualification in Educational Psychology and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC. You should be creative and forward thinking with the knowledge, skills, enthusiasm, and willingness to use psychological frameworks to facilitate positive change.


Please visit our designated campaign site for further information about the service and team on Educational Psychology key opportunities page.


For an informal discussion about  the role then please contact Dr Karen Jessup Principal Educational Psychologist on Karen.Jessup@northyorks.gov.uk


Key dates:


Closing date: Tuesday 28th May 2024 

Interview date: 5th/6th June 


Key documents 

Job Description

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Enhanced Level DBS Disclosure is a required for appointment to this post.


NYC are committed to directly recruiting staff and will not accept applications nor services from agency suppliers in respect of our vacancies.

We are committed to meeting the needs of our diverse community and aim to have a workforce reflecting this diversity. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, Virtual School - Hambleton and Richmond
Location: Hambleton and Richmondshire
Salary: £56,540 - £61,848 pro rata per annum plus access to up to 3 SPA points, recruitment and retention incentives