If you have a First Class Honours Degree or 2:1 Honours Degree in Psychology, or a BPS Accredited Master’s Degree in Psychology, experience working with children or in schools, are legally allowed to work in the UK, are a member of the BPS and you 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, psychological and be fully conversant with BPS standards and be able to support a school full time in term time throughout the academic year.
APs work under the direct guidance and supervision of an Educational Psychologist (EP) and they help the EP support schools, parents, children and students on an ongoing basis. 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, and most APs progress onto a second and third year with EdPsychs. The role of the AP is to:
An AP, Senior AP or Principal AP will also work in other roles based on the specific needs and requirements of their assigned school. This year (2020-21) this has included supporting specialist SEMH and ASD bases and training teachers on advancing higher quality teaching and learning experiences for students in mainstream schools; supporting the setting up and running of nurture groups; supporting community psychology projects and helping EPs develop rapid qualitative research projects and action research projects.
The AP role helps schools better embed EP recommendations and advice, helps schools develop their own psychological understanding of students and ensures school resources are carefully and appropriately used to better support children, parents and the wider school community.
The company AP training package has been refined and developed over the last six 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 for the academic year 2020-21 by clicking here.
Before you apply for an AP role with EdPsychs, 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? 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 who have the best chance of securing an AP role are:
You will need to say how you meet this person criteria in your online application, and you will then need to show these skills throughout the interview process to be successful.
EdPsychs recruit APs on an ongoing basis starting in March each year through to July. The AP recruitment process has three stages:
You will be interviewed by a panel of EPs and APs, and advance a presentation and the interview panel will ask you additional follow up questions to help you further explain your thinking and experiences.
If you are successful in the first two stages (above), we will then introduce you to potential schools, and if you like each other, we will then offer you a contract of employment with EdPsychs Ltd.
The AP roles with EdPsychs are highly sought after. For the academic year 2020-21, we received over 700 applications from psychology graduates and we interviewed 79 applicants. We started running an AP team in 2015-16 with nine APs, and this has gradually increased to a team of 28 Assistant Psychologists in the 2020-21 academic year, and we expect to have a similarly sized team in 2021-22.
Assistant Psychologists work with the company in term time only (39 academic weeks of the year). As such this is a 0.75 contract which is paid at £20,027 pro rata in the first year (which means a first year AP earns £15,020 for these 39 weeks).
As these are 0.75 contracts, APs are allowed to have other forms of income as long as there is no conflict of interest with an EdPsychs’ AP role, and they are available to support schools in core hours (usually 8.30-4pm in term time, but APs can negotiate exact working hours with their host school). Many APs do personal tutoring, research and additional jobs in the school holidays.
Senior Assistant Psychologists (who have been an AP with EdPsychs for a year or more) earn £22,693 pro-rata (which equates to £17,020 for 39 weeks in term time only).
APs and Senior APs will also earn an induction bonus for completing each of their first, second and third year contracts and all normal employment and pension rights apply.
Senior APs can also work on company action research and evidence based practice projects and rapid qualitative research projects over the year. These are 100 hour projects and first year APs (who have agreed to do a future Senior role) and Senior APs need to apply internally for these roles in June of each year, and they are paid at Senior AP rates.
The application process has a number of rounds and the opening and closing dates are presented below:
Applications open on Monday March 8th 2021. These applications and interviews are for schools who have confirmed their 2021-22 AP contracts (and we match the AP to the school). This year AP roles will be in Hillingdon, Harrow, Harringay, Enfield, Newham, Southwark, Lambeth, Greenwich, Sutton, Croydon and Kent.
We begin interviewing applicants on Wednesday 14th April 2021. After candidates are invited to interview, they will be asked to send a passport picture of themselves to attach to each application form.
The Round 1 application process closes on Friday 21st May 2021.
Interviews from Round 1 continue until Friday 28th May 2021.
We then collate the scoring from each of these interviews, discuss candidates and make decisions about whether these candidates could be potential APs with EdPsychs by Wednesday 2nd June 2021.
We will contact candidates from Round 1 in this week, and either:
Each year, some schools request AP contracts later in the summer term, and we have a Round 2 interview process for these schools. If your application is received after the Round 1 closing date (Friday 21st May 2021), your application will then be entered into the Round 2 application process if we still have schools left to allocate APs to.
Applications for Round 2 open on Monday 7th June 2021. These interviews are for schools who have confirmed their 2021-22 AP contracts later in the summer term than Round 1 schools (and again, we match the AP to the school). We will advertise these roles on LinkedIn.
We begin interviewing applicants for these schools on Wednesday 16th June. After candidates are invited to interview, they will be asked to send a passport picture of themselves to attach to each application form.
The Round 2 application process closes on Friday 16th July 2021.
Interviews from Round 2 continue until Friday 23rd July 2021.
We then again collate the scoring from each of these interviews, discuss candidates and make decisions about whether these candidates could be potential APs with EdPsychs by Wednesday 28th July.
We will contact candidates from Round 2 in this week, and either:
The EdPsychs Induction core training starts on Wednesday 25th August, and APs start in schools on Thursday 9th September 2021.
If you are interested in applying for an AP role with EdPsychs you are welcome to apply online by clicking here
Many potential APs ask about the doctoral application process in educational psychology. From our perspective, the key role of being an AP is to support the company EPs and schools. But of course, many of our APs would like to become educational psychologists. At time of writing (March 2021, with our APs still doing doctoral interviews for the 2021-22 course intakes) thirty seven of our former APs have progressed onto doctoral courses to train as educational psychologists.
EdPsychs do not train you to be an EP though. This is the role of the doctoral programmes, and you should look at the entrance criteria to be eligible for doctoral course applications on the AEP website at https://www.aep.org.uk/training/.
Some APs apply for the doctorate in their first year with EdPsychs, but most successful applicants were second or third year Senior APs as they have developed their skills over time and accessed the full Senior AP training packages (where they often train alongside EPs).
Given the level of investment we make into training and developing APs, we now have a strong preference for recruiting APs who see a career in psychology as a long term journey, where they will gradually develop their skills to make an outstanding contribution to the profession. As such you should really see an AP role with EdPsychs as a long term position.
Teamwork, co-operation and ongoing learning, discussion and supervision are core parts of the work of a successful psychologist. We ensure that APs work collaboratively together for the greater benefit of all. APs help each other to improve their expertise and professional practice, attend BPS events, discuss cases, develop psychological hypotheses with EPs and immerse themselves in the world of professional applied psychology.
EdPsychs will not prepare you for the application process as this is not our role. However, most APs support each other in their doctoral applications, discuss psychology, talk through areas of interest and help each other learn about applying evidence-based psychology in schools. APs can also join our TEP days in January and February where they meet some of our previous APs who are now on the doctoral courses or who have qualified as an educational psychologist. We are very proud of our AP team. APs seem to find working with EdPsychs, being part of the team, developing friendships, having ongoing training, mentoring and supervision and supporting educational psychologists in schools as a valuable, challenging and rewarding experience and we hope that you will too.
To apply to be an AP, please click on the following link to view the application page here
If you are invited to interview, the interview process is presented below.
All AP interviews will be completed online this year. Each interview should last between 60-75 minutes. At interview you will be asked:
All interviews and presentations are on Zoom, so you can do a screen share if you would like to.
We will also ask follow up questions on your presentation and also on your thinking and answers throughout the interview process, and we will also ask one mystery question to explore your thinking and experience further.
You will have opportunities at the end of the interview to ask questions of your own. Good luck! We hope you enjoy the interview process, and the link to apply is presented again here