Principal Educational Psychologist

Vacancy posted: Friday, 14 October 2016

Salary: 50,001 - 60,000
Location: Dalkeith

Closing date: 01 November 2016
Job ref. no.: MID01365

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Midlothian Educational Psychology Service: applying psychology and using research to make a positive difference to teaching, lifelong learning and overall wellbeing for children and young people in Midlothian.

Are you a keen collaborator? A reflective practitioner? Motivated by doing what it takes to improve outcomes for all learners? Use evidence and research to inform action? Are you committed to:

• collaborating about impact?
• inquiring into practice?
• tackling challenges flexibly?
• continuous improvement?
• innovating and pushing boundaries?
• reflecting and learning?

Then this exciting opportunity could be for you. We are seeking a new Principal Educational Psychologist to join our forward looking Educational Psychology Service. Midlothian Council Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is located within the Education, Communities and Economy division, based in our Education service at Fairfield House, Dalkeith, Midlothian. The Education service is the largest service area within the Education, Communities and Economy Directorate which covers a wide range of important responsibility areas, including Lifelong Learning. The Education Service currently supports, for example, over 13,500 children. The work of the Educational Psychology Service embraces all areas of the education service and all work is carried out in partnership with others and those that access the service. The Educational Psychology Service contributes to action plans in relation to learning and teaching, inclusive education, GIRFEC, career long professional learning and self-evaluation in order to make a difference to the lives of children and young people. The PEP is a key member of the Quality Improvement team and within this team the PEP role is to provide strategic leadership of the EPS and has responsibility for leading research and evidenced based approaches to supporting and challenging schools to raise attainment and meet learner needs. The Service works to ensure that evidence is used to inform and innovate practice within the overall framework of the policies for the education authority, with an emphasis on the core principles of equalities, inclusion, partnership and participation. The Service has taken a leading role in a range of innovative approaches including the development of Visible Learning across Midlothian.

In Midlothian, we put children and young people at the heart of all that we do. Our goals are to raise attainment overall at the same time as closing the gap and, more generally, to improve the life chances of all children and young people. We are committed to high quality learning and teaching, leadership and inclusion. In addition, continuous improvement of Positive Sustained Destinations remains a top priority.

With substantial experience of working effectively as an Educational Psychologist, you will bring a demonstrable track record of delivering first class services for children and young people and high quality, evidence based educational psychology.

These are exciting times for Midlothian and if you want to play an influential role in delivering an Educational Psychology Service that makes a difference, please complete the online application.

Post Requirements

You will have an Honours degree in Educational Psychology, a Post Graduate Masters degree in Educational Psychology, and hold membership as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Management experience within a Local Authority Psychological Service is desirable. Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

For full information for this position please see attached job pack.

Vacancy Information

Position Title: Principal Educational Psychologist

Position Number: ED28

Directorate: Education, Communities & Economy

Location: Fairfield House

Contract Status: Permanent

Hours of Work: 36 Hours per Week

Weeks per year: 52

Closing Date: Tuesday 01 November 2016

Interview date: Wednesday 09 November 2016

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 52 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is 58,518.00 per annum.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

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About Midlothian Council

Less than 10 miles south of Edinburgh city centre and with a population of around 80,000 people, Midlothian is a county of contrasts - steeped in history with its diverse historical buildings and picturesque mining villages, yet attracting new developments, both residential and commercial.

As you would expect from the largest employer in Midlothian, employing c 4000 employees, we have an excellent range of career paths. Working for Midlothian Council offers you the opportunity to play a part in making a real difference to the people who live and work in Midlothian, contributing to the development of the local community whilst working in a dynamic and flexible environment.

We are a forward looking organisation, committed to improving the services we deliver, while putting the customer at the centre of what we do. The Council serves a population of 79,710 over a geographical area of 35, 527 hectares.

As an employer we recognise that our most valuable assets are our people and we strive to be an employer of choice by providing a range of benefits to recruit the best people and retain them.

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