Careers in educational psychology

Our educational psychologists play a vital role in helping children and young people reach their full potential.

Find out about our excellent career development opportunities and first class training.

We can offer you:

  • relocation packages of up to £8,000
  • first class continuous professional development
  • professional supervision
  • financial support towards your initial Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration
  • excellent administrative support
  • flexible working
  • £2,000 (pro rata) one off golden payment
  • £3,000 (pro rata) annual retention bonus

Please contact Rachel Wilding on 03000 41 51 12 for vacancies.

A great location

Kent has excellent road and rail links to London and the continent, making it the perfect location for work and leisure.

Find out more about living and working in Kent.

Pay

Main Grade Educational Psychologist: £40,146 to £49,175 (Scale A – pay point 3 – 8) plus structured professional assessments. Starting salary will be on pay point 5.

As a newly appointed Educational Psychologist you would benefit from a one off ‘golden hello’ payment of £2,000 (pro rata).

Find out more about the one off 'golden hello' payment (PDF, 127.6 KB).

Find out more about the retention market premium offer. (PDF, 91.0 KB)

Relocation packages

We offer up to a maximum of £8,000 to help you with relocating to live closer to your place of work (subject to eligibility).

Annual leave

27 days annual leave per year rising to 30 days after 5 years service.

Investing in you

We value our educational psychologists and will invest in your professional development and career progression.

We also offer financial support towards your initial Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration.

As a member of our team you'll receive Structured Professional Assessments (SPA) points, and we'll honour any points acquired with your previous employer.

Support

You'll receive excellent support from our dedicated administrative team.

Flexible working

We provide the technology to support flexible and home working, including Blackberry mobile devices and the facility to log in from a laptop using a wireless or wired broadband connection.

We value our educational psychologists and will invest in your skills, experience and qualifications. We're proud that many of our educational psychologists have gone on to achieve enhanced posts as senior educational psychologists or to run educational psychology services in other counties.

Our offer includes access to:

  • regular development events, including a yearly conference with keynote speakers who are leaders in their field
  • financial support towards completing a doctoral qualification (subject to terms and conditions)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches (CBA) training and the opportunity to join a county working group
  • the latest research articles, books and other resources
  • opportunities to develop crisis support skills
  • research projects and the opportunity to publish your findings - our educational psychologists have published work in a variety of journals
  • links to University College London training institute through our associate tutor arrangements
  • Video Interaction Guidance training and the opportunity to join a county working group.

Assistant Director and Principal Educational Psychologist

Our Assistant Director and Principal Educational Psychologist is Alison Farmer.

Alison is passionate about working in partnership with parents and enabling young people with special educational needs (SEN) to achieve fulfilled lives. She believes in the power of education to transform young people's life chances.

She started her career as a nursery teacher, became a specialist teacher in Kent and subsequently trained as an Educational Psychologist (EP).

Alison has been privileged to manage SEN and EP services in the London Boroughs of Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Croydon.

She joined Kent in August 2021. Prior to joining Kent, she set up the Professional Tutoring Partnership Working for Real Group Ltd. in partnership with leading dyslexia organisations. They have provided subsidised tuition for more than 1,200 children across the country through the National Tutoring Programme.

Find out more about our service and what we do as a team.