Brighter Futures for Children
Full-Time preferred, part-time considered
Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) is improving outcomes for Reading's children, young people and families.
We are an independent, not-for-profit-company, wholly owned by Reading Borough Council. Our responsibility is to deliver quality children's services, early help, education and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services in the borough.
What we offer
- A highly valued service that is expanding to take up new opportunities
- Opportunities to lead on an interesting and varied range of work in a diverse range of schools and settings (eg: Mental Health projects; training programmes for schools; LA project work; supporting schools with trauma informed practice)
- Regular opportunities to work closely with colleagues from the Primary Mental Health Service and Early Help teams.
- Opportunities to contribute to Reading’s SEND strategy and other areas of service development.
- Exciting and interesting CPD opportunities e.g. Therapeutic Thinking Schools; Intensive Interaction; Motivational Interviewing; Dynamic Assessment; Coaching
- A friendly, supportive and innovative team
- Agile working (remote and face to face options and the ability to manage diaries in a flexible way).
- Reading is a relatively small local authority, reducing travel time between locations.
- Dedicated admin support.
- To contribute to the leadership and management of the Psychology Service, including the supervision and line-manage main-grade educational psychologists and staff in other services (eg: Autism Advisors, Portage) as appropriate.
- Contribute to, and lead on areas of the Educational Psychology Service Development Plan, including the training and support offer to settings, quality assurance and innovative practice.
- To provide consultation, assessment, advice and intervention regarding the education, behaviour and well-being of children and young people aged 0-25, working in partnership with children, parents and teachers.
- To assist schools in developing effective approaches to meeting special educational needs.
- To contribute to the development and implementation of Brighter Futures for Children policy and practice in relation to children’s educational development and well-being, with particular regard to SEND.
- To write psychological advice, within specified timescales, for statutory assessments.
- A Masters or Doctorate qualification in Educational Psychology.
- Eligibility for Health Professionals Council (HCPC) registration.
- The ability to travel around Reading.
Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
- Experience of working as an Educational Psychologist within a Local Authority.
- Experience of working in a range of educational settings across the age range.
- Experience working with other professionals within and beyond education services.
- Knowledge of all aspects of educational psychology and its application in practice
- Knowledge of legislation relating to children and young people, Special Educational Needs and Disability and Mental Health
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred knowledge, skills and experience:
- Experience of supervising and managing staff.
- Experience of developing and managing projects
Closing date: 17th October 2021
Interview date: Flexible dates available following successful shortlisting
Please do not send a CV: for the purposes of equal opportunities, we can only accept Reading Borough Council application forms.
An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be sought from the successful candidate.