Becoming an Assistant Psychologist with EdPsychs

Your background, experience and committment 

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.

What does an Assistant Psychologist do in schools?

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:

  • Support the overall work of the EP, Inclusion Manager and SENCo
  • Meet parents
  • Complete referral forms and secure informed, signed consent
  • Work directly alongside the EP
  • Observe EP consultations, assessments and work and help the school and family better understand EP work and findings
  • Complete structured observations, screeners, appropriate assessments and interviews
  • Implement EP recommendations: often training and supporting children, young people and students individually and in groups in a wide range of areas (follow the link to the AP training programme here for more information)
  • Train teaching assistants to deliver evidence based interventions in a number of areas including: phonics, reading, spelling, reading comprehension, maths, dyscalculia, working memory, anxiety, self-esteem, ASD and ADHD
  • Work with teachers to support students in their class
  • Provide school training on quality first teaching approaches in areas including memory, behaviour management, developing effective relationships, P4C and working with gifted and talented students
  • Baseline, track and evaluate interventions
  • Gather evidence to support the EHCP assessment process
  • Provide traded services training to other EdPsychs' schools
  • Support other APs in other EdPsychs' schools with joint training and support

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.

What does AP training with EdPsychs entail?

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:

  • Be under the direct supervision and guidance of an experienced EP (often a doctoral course tutor, or a former senior or principal psychologist)
  • Be supported by and work alongside a school SENCo or Inclusion Manager to better understand the SEND needs of a school
  • Have access to supervision from a Senior AP
  • Have a 10 day initial training and induction programme run by a range of experienced psychologists
  • Have a minimum of a further 10 core days of AP training and support with EdPsychs through the academic year. These sessions are delivered by experienced EPs, Professors of psychology, CBT practitioners, mindfulness experts, media professionals and experienced business coaches
  • Occasionally access EP training days
  • Learn about BPS professional criteria and actively implement these
  • Learn about the HCPC guidelines all EPs must adhere to
  • See how different EPs work
  • Learn how professional psychologists assess, formulate hypotheses and build professional programmes of support for students
  • Work collaboratively alongside other professionals (such as SALT, clinical psychologists, coaches, CBT practitioners and other professional therapists)
  • Run EP programmes and recommendations directly with young people and students to learn how people learn and develop their skills in a structured and psychological way
  • Work alongside experienced media professionals (former TV reporters, journalists and broadcasters) to develop interpersonal, training, PR and presentation skills
  • Be part of a collaborative team of APs working together to develop their skills base
  • Learn about cognitive, developmental and social psychology at a practical and applied level
  • Learn about what works best for teachers in a classroom
  • Learn how to build cognitively robust models of psychological training
  • Learn how modern EPs work to support schools

You can see the full EdPsychs AP training package by clicking here.

How do you become an AP with EdPsychs?

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:

  1. Ethical, likeable and trustworthy in their approach
  2. Able to interact professionally and respectively with the diversity of people in society
  3. Warm, open, agreeable and conscientious
  4. Reflective and evidence based in their thinking
  5. Able to conduct themselves in a professional manner: you will need to be warm, engaging, confident, highly articulate in English and highly motivated
  6. Highly socially skilled team players: psychology is a broad and ever changing discipline. As such, psychologists must work collaboratively together to talk, think, analyse, seek advice and collectively develop their skills. Our APs actively help each other and share good practice to be outstanding APs and, one day, hopefully be professional psychologists
  7. Experienced working with children in schools
  8. Fluent in cognitive and developmental psychology. 
  9. Able to talk about the evidence base around offering quality first teaching in a school (often citing cognitive psychology and the work of people like John Hattie and Geoff Petty)
  10. Able to show that they had a long term commitment to being a professional psychologist

 

Apply to become an AP with EdPsychs Ltd

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.

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