If you have a First Class Degree or 2:1 Honours Degree in Psychology, at least a years experience working in schools, are legally allowed to work in the UK and would like to pursue a long term career in psychology you may be interested in becoming an Assistant Psychologist (AP) with EdPsychs. You must have excellent social skills, be ethical, reliable and fully conversant with BPS standards and be able to support a school full time in term time throughout the academic year.
The role of an AP is to help the SENco and Inclusion Manager implement advice, strategies, programmes and recommendatioons advanced by the school's link educational psychologist.
EdPsychs employ a team of APs to fulfil this role, and each AP works full-time in one school for at least one academic year. The role of the AP is to:
An AP will also work in other roles based on the specific needs and requirements of their assigned school.
The AP role helps schools better embed EP recommendations and advice. APs in turn work alongside experienced EPs and SENCOs, learn about how a professional psychologist works and become an integral part of an SEN team, all of which is aimed at directly applying psychology more effectively in schools to help all students learn and develop more effectively.
The AP training package has been refined and developed over the last two years by experienced psychologists, SENCOs and former doctoral course leaders to provide an in-depth and comprehensive package of support for both the AP and the school. It includes having opportunities to:
You can see the full EdPsychs AP training package by clicking here.
In the last two years we have had over 400 applications across two years for a total of 23 AP roles (all based in London and surrounding areas), many of whom have a Masters or a First Class Honours in Psychology. Before you apply for an AP role, the first thing you need to do is to accurately evaluate your own skill base. Do you think you will make an excellent AP? Would you like to contribute to society? Would you like to gain additional skills to help you become a professional psychologist? Are you a highly socially skilled and ethical person who can evaluate people well? And do people like you, trust your judgement and seek your advice?
The people that secured an AP contract were:
If this sounds like you, you are welcome to apply for a role online by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can download an application form by clicking here.
We interview throughout the year until early August.
Assistant Psychologists earn £15,015 a year, and Senior Assistant Psychologists, who have been an AP for a year, earn £17,020 for 39 weeks in term time only.