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 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 recommendations 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 three 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.
The AP roles with EdPsychs are highly sought and we have built an outstanding team of professionals. In the last three years we have had over 650 applications for a total of 41 AP roles (all based in London and surrounding areas), many of whom have a Masters or a First Class Honours in Psychology. This year we are expanding our team to 22-25 APs.
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:
EdPsychs recruit for APs on an ongoing basis starting in March each year through to August, but most APs are in role by July. The AP recruitment process has three stages:
We currently have a team of 19 APs, and we expect to increase our team to 22-25 APs in the academic year 2018-2019.
Assistant Psychologists earn £15,015 a year (£20,020 pro rata) and Senior Assistant Psychologists (who have been an AP with EdPsychs for a year or more) earn £17,020 (£22,693 pro-rata) for 39 weeks in term time only. You will also earn an induction bonus for completing your year, and all normal employment and pension rights apply.
Seniors can also earn £200 a day if they are training other schools.
APs are allowed to have other forms of income as long as they are available to schools in core school hours (usually 8.30-4pm in term time, but APs can negotiate this with their school).
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. EdPsychs do not train you to be an EP. This is the role of the doctoral programmes, and you will develop your own practice and thinking about the type of EP you would like to be across many years of working alongside different EPs on the doctoral programme, in local authorities and in your wider work as a professional psychologist.
The AP role with EdPsychs then is about learning to support an EP and SENCo in a school to better embed psychology within that school and to use evidence based psychological approaches to better support the whole school community.
Many of our APs would like to be an EP at some point though, and the AP role with EdPsychs Ltd allows you to gain experience working with many different EPs and associated professionals on a day to day basis, and it will ensure that you are effectively applying robust psychological approaches in your work. Some APs apply for the doctorate in their first year with EdPsychs, but others are more successful in their second or third year as a Senior AP as they have accessed the full Senior AP training packages (where they often train alongside EPs).
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 and develop psychological hypotheses with EPs and immerse themselves in the world of professional applied psychology.
In 2015-16, five of our APs applied for the doctoral courses, all received interviews and three secured a place on a doctoral programme.
In 2016-17, ten of our APs applied for the doctoral courses, all bar one received interviews and three progressed onto the doctorate.
In 2017-18, sixteen of our APs applied for the doctorate. They had 27 interviews between them and ten progressed onto the doctoral programmes.
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 their work. They also seem to find working with EdPsychs, being part of the team, having ongoing training and supervision and supporting educational psychologists in schools as a valuable, challenging and rewarding experience and we hope that you will too.
If you are interested in applying for an AP role with EdPsychs, you can do so by clicking here.