Senior Educational Psychologist

Priory Green
£52,440 - £57,544
29 Jul 2022
11 Sep 2022
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Full time permanent
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Senior Educational Psychologist with responsibility for support for vulnerable children and young people

Salary: Soulbury B Scale: pts 3-6 (plus up to 3 SPA points)

£52,440 - £57,544 (up to £60,690 including possible SPA points)


We have a vacancy and are recruiting a Senior Educational Psychologists to join our creative and ambitious team. Whilst an area of responsibility is outlined below, there is some scope for flexibility in this so anyone interested in a Senior EP post is encouraged to contact us for a discussion.

It is expected that the post holder will have responsibility for developing our offer for supporting vulnerable children and young people.  Specifically this will involve:

  • Leading on the development of a strategic approach to promoting trauma informed and attachment aware practice across schools and settings
  • Leading on the development of a workforce development plan for promoting trauma informed and attachment aware practice
  • Working in partnership with a range of services across education, health and social care and the voluntary and community sector to take a joined up approach to ensuring that the local area provides timely and evidenced based support to vulnerable children and young people
  • Oversight of the Educational Psychology Service offer to the Youth Offending, Virtual School and Power 2 teams
  • Applying psychology creatively and strategically to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people


The successful applicant will be joining an experienced and supportive leadership team. Applications from experienced and aspiring Senior EPs are encouraged and a planned induction period and comprehensive CPD offer will be available and tailored to the needs of the individual who is appointed.



We believe that Wolverhampton is a great place to work. These are some of the reasons why:

  • EPs are part of the Inclusion & Empowerment Service, which also includes SEN Early Identification and Support (including Special Needs Early Years Service, Outreach, Specialist Teachers and Sensory Support Service), Inclusion and Attendance Service (including Attendance service, Inclusion team, CME and Elective Home Education) and SENSTART (EHC statutory assessment and annual review team). There are established links and effective joint working between these services and also our partners in social care and health services.
  • The EP service has grown significantly over recent years, and includes EPs, trainee EPs, assistant psychologists and dedicated admin staff.
  • Our services are highly valued by schools and demand for our traded offer continues to grow.
  • We are involved in a range of exciting work commissioned by the Council and other services, including work with Youth Offending, Virtual School, Power 2, the local Mental Health Support Team and multi-agency Autism pathway.
  • We have a strong commitment to supervision and continued professional development. EPs access regular peer supervision, line management supervision, whole service CPD days, twilight sessions, and have opportunities to access external training.
  • As a Council we are embedding Restorative Practice as a way of working with children, young people, families, and with each other.
  • We value research, development and innovation. All EPs contribute to service development and have time dedicated to focused project work.
  • We have good links with universities in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
  • We are identified as 'field' workers and are able to work flexibly across locations, including from home, whilst retaining a main office base.
  • City of Wolverhampton Council is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and the EP service contributes to strategic development work in this area.


For further information / informal discussion about this role please contact Emma Thornbery (Principal Educational Psychologist) on




City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria.  The council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.

Our application system is anonymous, this means recruitment interview panel members will not receive details of your name or date of birth unless you are invited to attend an interview. We are not able to hide personal information from any attachments that you upload so we request that you remove your name, date of birth and any personal information from any supporting documentation. The shortlisting panel will receive your candidate pack in full (including any attachments) showing your candidate number. If you are invited to attend an interview, panel members will be provided with your name.



We are committed to building a workforce that is reflective of the diverse community we serve. We want to attract the best applications from people of all backgrounds and underrepresented groups because we strongly believe in adding value through diversity, inclusion, and equality. Our employees enable us to deliver services that are accessible, inclusive, and reflective of Wolverhampton residents.

We encourage, inspire and value an inclusive culture here at the council where employees can flourish, thrive and be themselves. We have four staff equality forums for employees to join. These help to ensure our workforce has a voice, employees feel empowered to speak up and where everyone is treated with respect - Learn more here

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