CHESHIRE EAST COUNCIL JOB DESCRIPTION IMPORTANT THE REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ACT The provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act relating to the non-disclosure of spent convictions do not apply to this job, YOU MUST, THEREFORE, DISCLOSE WHETHER YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS ON THE BACK PAGE OF THE APPLICATION FORM. If successful, you will also be required to apply for a Criminal Record Check from the Criminal Records Bureau. The level of check required for this job is Enhanced Disclosure. Where jobs require access to ContactPoint enhanced disclosures will be required and will be reviewed every three years. Further information is contained in the Further Details document enclosed. JOB TITLE: Educational Psychologist REFERENCE: GRADE: Soulbury A 2 – 7 (Plus 3 SPA points) RESPONSIBLE TO: Principal Educational Psychologist JOB PURPOSE Provide an applied psychology service to schools, early years settings, families, young people, the community and Cheshire East Local Authority. Implement strategies and techniques that are grounded in psychological and educational theory and principles in order to promote inclusion and maximise the achievement of young people. Contribute to multi-agency partnerships and extended services to ensure locally based cohesive and effective working for children, their parents and families taking into account existing groupings such as Education Improvement Partnerships and Area Partnership Boards. Support schools and early years settings in meeting the requirements of the DFE Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and the related local authority policies and procedures. Contribute to the effectiveness of the local authority in implementing local and national strategies, policies and practices that deliver the five Every Child Matters Outcomes. Contribute to school improvement ensuring support for schools identified by Ofsted or the LEA as causing concern. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Provide a consultative service underpinned by an interactionist perspective, to a local community of schools and early years settings in the identification, assessment and management of children and young people with additional needs. Advise on the deployment of resources and promote change within individuals, groups and systems through the application of psychological knowledge of child and adolescent development and specialist knowledge of special educational needs. 2. Support schools and early years settings in meeting national and local targets in raising pupil attainment, promoting inclusion and reducing exclusions. 3. Contribute to the professional development of LA, school, early years settings and other staff. 4. Promote local implementation of key LA strategies and policies. 5. Promote the use of psychology, research and evidence based practice across the localities in relation to managing change, systems work, individual casework and child development and learning generally. 6. Contribute psychological advice to the statutory assessment of children and young people being carried out under the 1996 Education Act. 7. Develop work, including professional development, training and action research, that promotes organisational change within schools and early years settings in the interests of raising achievement and the emotional well being of children and young people. 8. Support schools working in challenging circumstances or in OFSTED categories; attending and reporting at review and project groups where appropriate. 9. Provide leadership in a specialist area of interest within the team. 10. Keep up to date with the national agenda around early intervention in order that Cheshire East is innovative and forward thinking. 11. Contribute to meeting the performance indicators for the EP Team. 12. Contribute within the responsibilities of the post to the commitment to equality of opportunity including all relevant human rights and anti discrimination legislation. NOTE Notwithstanding the detail in this job description, in accordance with the Council's Flexibility Policy the job holder will undertake such work as may be determined by the Director/Corporate Council Manager from time to time, up to or at a level consistent with the Principal Responsibilities of the job and in any location within Cheshire East.