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County council to recruit more education psychologists

Posted on Monday 6th March 2023

Staffordshire County Council is looking to recruit ten education psychologists, to help with increased demand.

The recruitment drive, which represents a 25 per cent increase in the service, comes as part of the county council’s efforts to change and improve the life experiences of children and families in Staffordshire.

It is also in response to an increased demand for psychology services across all education settings and pre-school.

The drive comes as the government publishes its SEND and AP Improvement Plan today, which includes sees extra investment in training for thousands of workers—including 400 education psychologists—so children can get the help they need earlier.

Education psychologists play a crucial role in promoting the wellbeing and development of children, young people and families; applying psychology to achieve positive change and help meet their needs.

They work closely with children and young people, their teachers, parents and other professionals to develop good practice through evidence-based strategies, interventions and strategic work in schools, preschool settings and community contexts.

County Councillor Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Education (including SEND) said:

“We know that young people nationally can face a range of challenges when it comes to their education, and we are committed to doing everything we can to support those in Staffordshire. Education psychologists make a unique contribution to the wellbeing of children and young people, and their expertise helps us ensure that every child in the county can reach their full potential.

“The plans revealed by the government today show just how important education psychologists are to the wellbeing of children, especially those with SEND, so that every child gets the help they need.

“Our extra investment in the service means there will be more education psychologists to support children, young people and families in the county. We are especially looking for people who are passionate about their work, share our vision for children and young people and truly make a difference to their lives.

Applications are open now, and interviews will be held on March 30. For more information, visit careers.staffordshire.gov.uk.

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