This is an exciting time in North Yorkshire Council's Educational Psychology Service. We are in a time of considerable change, with the Educational Psychology team recently doubling in size. We have ambitious growth plans and are repositioning the service to be at the heart of the Inclusion service and integrated across the Children and Young People service. This will enable our colleagues in Educational Psychology to shape and influence approaches across children's service as highly valued professionals. Our Children and Young People's Service was recently graded Outstanding by Ofsted. We are looking for innovative and solution-orientated professionals to join us in shaping the future direction of our Educational Psychology Service and realising our ambitious plans.
As an educational psychologist, you will join our growing central Educational Psychology team, and work within and make valued contributions to developments within a wider multi-agency team. You will work directly with our inclusive additionally resourced settings which are an integral part of identified mainstream schools, to embed consistent and inclusive practices. These settings are currently referred to as Targeted Mainstream Provision, or TMP. Support to these settings will be mainly systemic, although casework will also be provided.
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.
North Yorkshire recognises the value of educational psychology and is increasingly offering diverse and varied working opportunities. We are keen to develop these further. We are also looking to further develop a solution focussed practice framework across the whole of the Inclusion Service and all colleagues will support this development.
We are a small but quickly expanding educational psychology team with a strong growth plan in place to develop our service and support our special educational needs and disabilities hubs and targeted provisions.
This is an exciting opportunity for educational psychologists who want to join a team committed to ensuring the best opportunities for the children and young people of North Yorkshire. You will be joining a team that is united and enthusiastic about our and our children's future.
We embrace individual special interests and value the additional skills and knowledge these areas of interest bring to the team. You will have diverse work, professional development and the opportunity to shape innovative practice. We will invest in your training, including training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, from day one to enable you to work in an innovative and inclusive way. You will have clear line management and professional supervision throughout your journey.
Like other local authorities, North Yorkshire Council has seen an increase in the need for statutory assessments. As such, we have a dedicated support programme in place. This ensures our educational psychologists are able to carry out fulfilling and diverse work in specialist areas.
You will have the opportunity to have a very visible career, with work that is recognised regionally and nationally. You will also be able to build your professional network.
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.
Our service includes:
- embedded support to our new targeted mainstream provisions, including delivering a therapeutic offer to children and young people when needed - all our Educational Psychologists are cognitive behavioural trained
- working alongside the SEND multi-disciplinary hubs with our hub managers and specialist teams to provide holistic support for children and young people with SEND
- project work within the SEND hubs - ensuring our services become truly cutting edge and evidence-based
- allocation of time to support research and recommendations for the children's workforce development in supporting children with SEND
- oversight and quality assurance of psychological advice as part of the statutory process
Help us realise our ambition to develop a strong educational psychology service with an outstanding reputation for its statutory and traded work, and which is an embedded and integral part of our SEND and inclusion offer. 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. These personnel within the four locality hubs are responsible for working closely with schools and settings to identify children early and to make sure they receive the appropriate support and interventions to meet their special educational needs.