Principal Educational Psychologist

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Soulbury Senior and Principal Educational Psychologists 9-12 (£58,050 - £61,628) per annum
Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 05/08/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: REC085RS

Due to the retirement of the current post holder, we are able to offer an exciting opportunity to lead a committed and talented team of Educational Psychologists at a time of positive change and improvement.

We are seeking to employ a skilled educational psychologist, with recent management experience, to lead our well established and well regarded Educational Psychology Service. The Service works closely with parents, partners in schools and the Local Authority to help raise achievement, promote inclusion and support the emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children and young adults in Medway. You will be a good communicator and have excellent customer skills. You will be knowledgeable about current practice in educational psychology and special needs and have a strong vision for the development of high quality service delivery.

The Educational Psychology Team is part of the wider Integrated 0-25 Disability Services Team and the Principal Educational Psychologist, as part of the management team, will have opportunities to make a significant contribution to strategic planning across the special educational needs service.

Applicants must be professionally qualified and registered with the HCPC. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.


In return we offer you:


  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers


Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.


We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.


If you would like an opportunity to discuss this post further, please contact Wendy Vincent, Head of Integrated 0-25 Disability Team Manager or Sophie Curra, Senior Educational Psychologist on 01634 – 335647.

Please note that in accordance with current COVID-19 Government guidelines, in regards to social distancing, all interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted. 


Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email. 

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support. 

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.       

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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