Educational Psychologist opportunities

We are recruiting for Educational Psychologist to transform our Educational Psychology Service.

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Welcome and thank you for your interest.

We are looking for strong and transformative leaders and innovative Educational Psychologists to develop our service and support the development of our SEND hubs and targeted provisions.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are ambitious to drive the transformation and expansion of the service, contribute to the strategic direction of the inclusion service and ensure the best outcomes for the children and young people of North Yorkshire.

We embrace individual specialist interests and value the additional skills and knowledge these areas of interest bring to the team. You will have diverse and varied work, professional development and the opportunity to shape innovative practice. We will invest in your training from day one, which includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to enable you to work in an innovative and inclusive way. You will have clear line management and professional supervision throughout your journey.

You will have the opportunity to have a very visible career; building your professional network with work that is recognised both regionally and nationally. North Yorkshire is renowned for being a forward-thinking, dynamic and creative authority, that listens to stakeholders; including schools, families and young people to continually improve our offer.

Here's what some of our colleagues said about the service: 

"Our teams are highly dedicated and actively engaged in shaping and leading transformation and innovation, whilst ensuring families remain at the centre of our decisions."

“I would have to say that the North Yorkshire County Council Educational Psychology team is a very supportive and encouraging team who have helped me to develop professionally.” 

Our vision for education provision for children and young people with SEND builds on both the  SEND Strategic Plan for Educational Provision (pdf / 3 MB) and the Young and Yorkshire 2 plan. The SEND Strategic Plan for Educational Provision is an ambitious five-year plan, which describes how we intend to transform services and educational provision for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire.

We make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in North Yorkshire. If you share our passion to deliver improved outcomes for children, we would really like to hear from you.

We are looking for Educational Psychologist professionals at every stage of their career; from those newly qualified to those who can use their well-developed skills to lead and nurture others in the profession. 

We have the following vacancies available:

Role: Educational Psychologist 
Salary: Up to £55,921 per annum pro rata, plus 3% recruitment payment + relocation support up to £8,000.
Contract: Full-time and Part-time / permanent 
Location: Harrogate or Selby. The service very much promotes flexible working with the ability to work remotely from other bases, 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 is an exciting time within North Yorkshire Educational Psychology service - we are embarking on an episode of considerable change. In March 2023, we are moving to a single new council for North Yorkshire to replace the current two-tier structure of local government. Presently, within the County Council we are a small EP team, however we are expanding, and we would like innovative, and solution focussed psychologists to join us. You will have the opportunity to support in shaping the direction of the educational psychology service into the future.

We want to develop an educational psychology service that will be high performing, customer focused, committed to inclusive and person-centred practices. Successful applicants will have a strong commitment to inclusion and serving the needs of vulnerable children, young people, and their families within this beautiful county. North Yorkshire has recognised sites of outstanding natural beauty and stunning coastlines. North Yorkshire is an idyllic environment in which to work and reside.

We are specifically looking to recruit main grade educational psychologists – at this time. There will be an opportunity to develop specialist areas of responsibilities and interests. In addition, there will be flexibility in terms of the location of these posts.

The Role

The successful applicants would join our small central Educational Psychology team, and work within a multi-agency team. It really is a superb time to be joining our service to contribute to positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire.  Our SEND services are based within four localities across North Yorkshire and include SEN caseworkers, educational psychologists, specialist teachers and practitioners together with speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. Personnel within four locality hubs are responsible for working closely with schools and settings to identify children early and to ensure they receive appropriate support and interventions to meet their special educational needs.

As an Educational Psychologist – main grade – you will be able to make a valued, contribution to developments within the EP team, and wider hub team. You will work directly with our inclusive, additionally resourced, settings that are an integral part of identified mainstream schools to embed consistent, inclusive practices. These settings are currently referred to as Targeted Mainstream Provision, TMPs. Support to these settings will be mainly systemic, although casework will also be provided. You will take part in monthly hub allocation panels to support colleagues with the early identification of children and young people with additional needs and advising regarding support or training that may be required by schools or settings.

There are opportunities to work therapeutically within our TMP provisions and a PRS setting. Educational psychologists within the team have been trained in CBT approaches. Consideration is also being given to training educational psychologists in other therapies such as ACT. Knowledge and skills gained from this training can then be used when supporting young people within our TMPs.
There will be an expectation that you engage in an allocated amount of statutory work. Over time educational psychologists will also have the opportunity to be involved in projects in each of the hub areas which will further inform practice and strategy across SEND.

To be successful you must have a masters or doctorate level qualification in Educational Psychology and be registered with the HCPC; have experience of varied and relevant work with children, young people, and their families in a number of education and other settings; be creative and forward thinking with the knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and willingness to use psychological frameworks to facilitate positive change.

These posts are suitable for educational psychologists at any stage in their career, including those due to qualify in September 2023.

We can offer you a range of employee benefits, including a competitive salary, plus 3 % recruitment payment, generous leave entitlement, a government pension scheme and access to our ‘Everybody Benefits’ package, which includes a variety of retail discounts.

You will be fully enabled through mobile kit to work in a highly agile way at locations across the local authority and including working from home options.

Therefore, we can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • A generous relocation scheme - up to £8,000
  • Modern flexible working practices and hours
  • A local government pension scheme
  • Family friendly leave and generous annual leave offer
  • Salary sacrifice, employee cash backs and discounts schemes
  • Learning, development, and career advancement opportunities.

Do join us in North Yorkshire and have the chance to work at different levels. Seize the opportunity to create an amazing, supportive team dedicated to championing the use of psychology to improve and transform the lives of children and young people living within our local community.

Key Dates

Closing Date: Sunday 22nd January
Shortlisting Date: Tuesday 23rd January
Interview Date: TBC

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For an informal discussion, please contact Sharon Merle Lourd-Moyo (Acting Principal Educational Psychologist) at

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

NYCC 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. 

Working for the council and the benefits we offer

If you are considering relocating to North Yorkshire we provide a  comprehensive relocation benefits package (pdf / 180 KB)

This features up to £8,000 to cover reasonable costs such as:

  • removal expenses
  • storage costs
  • legal and estate agent fees
  • travelling expenses

You will receive the very best support, working alongside talented and inspirational people.

We will provide you with training and learning in areas such as CBT and other therapeutic approaches and the opportunity to be involved in projects in each of the hub areas which will further inform practice and strategy across SEND. Investment in your continuous professional development continues throughout your career. A number of heads of service across North Yorkshire have used their experience to transition into senior regional and national roles. 

The role has a flexible base; as a council, we are very much committed to encouraging flexible working for our employees, arranged around the demands of the role. You can work from bases across the county as well as working from home. Our head office is in Northallerton, therefore visibility here and throughout the county is required.

You will have the opportunity to join a learning organisation to develop your skills and career alongside having North Yorkshire County Council on your CV, which has one of the best reputations... a career-enhancing opportunity!

North Yorkshire County Council prides itself on being the biggest employer in North Yorkshire leading from the front and constantly seeking to innovate and finely tune the system with an unwavering desire to continually improve.

We welcome and celebrate diversity and inclusion and the strengths this brings to our communities and workforce, we aim to provide excellent and efficient local services enabling everyone to fulfil their potential, to do this we give everyone equal access to services and job opportunities. 

We can offer you a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • A local government pension scheme;
  • Family friendly leave;
  • Salary sacrifice schemes;
  • Modern flexible working practices;
  • Learning and development packages;
  • Career advancement opportunities; and
  • Employee discount benefits.

You can find out more about working for the council and the benefits we offer here.

Work with children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire.

Work in a stunning family-friendly location, with safe communities and great education... 

North Yorkshire is a thriving county that adapts to a changing world and remains a special place to live and work.

North Yorkshire's natural beauty is captured in its three areas of Outstanding Natural Parks, National Nature Reserves, stunning coastlines, scenic rural villages, vibrant cities and market towns. North Yorkshire is a beautiful, thriving and special place to live and work, rich in heritage and culture.

North Yorkshire features significantly in the ten best places to live in the UK in Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2019. The Quality of Life index aims to quantify where living standards are highest in the UK by ranking local performance across a range of indicators.

Richmondshire was placed second in the list, a position boosted by excellent personal wellbeing factors (life satisfaction, happiness). Hambleton was placed fourth and Ryedale was placed eighth, a truly commendable achievement and another incredible accolade for North Yorkshire. 

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) March 2019 bulletin positions North Yorkshire as the safest place in England with extremely low crime rates.

In addition, the county benefits from excellent road and rail links, with easy access via the east coast mainline, the A1(M) and A19. Leeds, York, Newcastle, Durham and Teesside are all easily commutable, and London/ Edinburgh is just two hours away by train.

From its lively cities to pretty villages, rolling countryside and grand coastline, Yorkshire has so much to offer.

As a whole, North Yorkshire offers a high standard of living working in a stunning location.

Great employment opportunities for your family members along with a higher proportion of schools, which are good or outstanding compared to national figures. 

We look forward to receiving your application, thank you for your interest.