Staffordshire County Council

Principal Educational Psychologist

Stafford, Staffordshire
£60,880- £64,577 per annum
15 Nov 2021
26 Nov 2021
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Job title: Principal Educational Psychologist

Location: Staffordshire

Salary:  Soulbury Scale B10-13 £60,880- £64,577 per annum + essential car user allowance.

Plus up to B16 £68,318 and previously awarded SPAs will be honoured 3 SPAs 

Working Pattern: 37 Hours per week | Full time | Part time | Flexible working – we’re happy to discuss options with you

Staffordshire County Council is looking for an ambitious, creative, and reflective Principal Educational Psychologist to lead our Educational Psychology Service. Staffordshire provides an attractive working environment with mixed urban and rural catchments plus a friendly and supportive team to help you settle in.

Our role

The role of Principal Educational Psychologist sits within our Education Strategy & Improvement function, reporting to the Head of SEND who will take up their post with us in January 2022.

In this role you’ll join the SEND services who work together to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people with additional needs, their families and settings in Staffordshire.

Your colleagues within the SEND service will include Educational Psychologists (EPs), Educational Psychology Assistants, Specialist Teachers, Autism and Sensory Support Interpreters and Advisors, Communication Support Workers, SEND Principal Officers.

As Principal Educational Psychologist you’ll line manage and lead the Educational Psychology Service, delivering and developing high quality evidence based psychological interventions.  We’re proud of our offer, fulfilling both statutory duties and a progressive training and support offer for our education settings.

This role really is an opportunity for professional development in a supportive service. You’ll be taking on the leadership and management responsibilities for the EP service, whilst ensuring we are working together with partners and teams more widely, both within the county council and also within the local area SEND and Inclusion partnership.

Overseeing the timeliness and quality of the Educational Psychology input to the Education, Health and Care assessment and planning process will be a key component of the role, as well as leading the EP offer to schools and settings. Currently this includes a mixed model of traded and centrally commissioned work including collaborative consultation, assessment, training, and development work.

What you’ll bring

You’ll be an Educational Psychologist with significant experience in managing EP teams, leading inter-disciplinary teams, and developing and implementing system wide strategic initiatives that are designed to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.

You’ll need to have:

- A post graduate qualification in Educational Psychology

- Be HCPC registered

But above all, you’ll bring the desire to work with children and families to ensure we do our very best for those we are supporting.

Our benefits & offer to you

We know you’ll want to continually develop in your role and potentially progress your career and that’s why we have great training and development opportunities here at Staffordshire including regular management and peer supervision and opportunities for CPD which includes management training.

Plus, there’s also all these other benefits too:

  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 8 bank holidays and 2 extra statutory days) That’s a minimum of 34 days annual leave.
  • The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave per year
  • A range of flexible working options, which includes flexible and agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • An excellent local government pension scheme



  • Volunteering Scheme
  • Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts

So, how do I apply?

Just click on the ‘Apply’ button

If you do have technical issues please contact and the team will help you.

Closing Date: 26 November 2021
Interview Date: 3 December 2021

For more information please contact Tim Moss (

Assistant Director for Education Strategy and Improvement

Our recruitment process

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities. As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.