Educational Psychologist

Portsmouth City Council

Reference: SEP20212181

Job details


Civic Offices Guildhall Walk Portsmouth

Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£40,136 - £49,714 Per Annum

Closing date

23 September 2021

Educational Psychologist

Band: Soulbury 2-7 (plus access to 3 SPA Points for this post and previously awarded SPA points will be honoured)

Salary: £40,136 to £49,714 p.a, (Soulbury A 2 – 7)

2 x 37 hours per week permanent posts available:

These new posts are being funded in recognition of the role that Educational Psychologists can make in terms of early intervention and support for children and young people at an individual or system-wide level.


Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work.  It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of having beautiful countryside on its doorstep.  With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries, and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future whilst proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and historic dockyard.  With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.

At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so.

With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

Portsmouth Educational Psychology team

Our team tell us that we are:

‘A good place to work and a good team to work with. Amazing opportunities as a newly qualified EP. Professional views are valued from day one’.

We are team of 12 EPs, each with a number of schools to work with, a responsibility for statutory assessments, some pre-school work and project work.  Current projects include Attachment Aware schools, Adoption support, ELSA and the Staying Close project with young people in Care. We contribute to strategic developments in the city such as promoting inclusion through relationship-based and restorative approaches, SEMH Partnership working and the Neurodiversity strategy.

Links with Southampton EP training course are strong; each year we have at least one trainee EP on placement, recognising the importance of bringing new research and ideas in to the team and our responsibility to support the future of our profession.  We are a forward-looking team, always striving to grow and develop.

The EP team is part of the Inclusion Service which covers a broad portfolio of work that extends well beyond SEND and includes a range of statutory and traded services ( the EP team is partially traded) that aim to remove the barriers to achievement for all Portsmouth children and young people, in particular those with special educational needs or those from vulnerable groups.

We benefit from strong partnership working and close collaboration with all our partners involved in supporting children and young people including the well-established Portsmouth Education Partnership and the Outreach Team.

We benefit from very effective governance and joint working arrangements in terms of our work in special educational needs and disabilities, overseen by the multi-agency SEND Board.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly motivated EP who can contribute to the team’s already well established and positive reputation

If you have a proactive approach, the ability to work flexibly and are committed to working in co-production with families and stakeholders, we would love to hear from you.

Portsmouth Educational Psychology Team is, moreover, a friendly team; you will be certain of a warm welcome, a thorough induction and a varied and interesting role in our team.

As well as the above we offer:

  • 6 sessions of whole service CPD a year, protected personal CPD time and access to CPD budget
  • Regular supervision and peer support
  • Agile working arrangements
  • Excellent Business Support Team, IT and  support
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee benefits including staff discounts 

Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), or, in the case of trainee EP’s, expecting to have their registration confirmed following the completion of their recognised training course.

Portsmouth City Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. It is also committed to promoting quality childcare across the City that works to improve outcomes for children.

DBS Disclosure at Enhanced level will be required prior to any offer of employment and this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Every post is subject to PCC and Portsmouth Safeguarding Children’s Board safer recruitment procedures.

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