Assistant Educational Psychologist

18010.00 - 18010.00 GBP Annual + GBP18010/annum
13 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017
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Assistant Educational Psychologist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Educational Psychologist to join our Education Team at Cruckton Hall School in Shropshire.
Situated in a beautiful rural location within 4 miles of the large town of Shrewsbury, Cruckton Hall Independent school has, since 1981, become a leading resource in the UK for boys with Asperger's Syndrome, ADD and ADHD.

Cruckton Hall School provides a long established option for boys with a range of difficulties within the Autistic Spectrum of Disorders. The school specialises in integrating young people with Asperger's syndrome, associated vulnerability and/or challenging behaviour into community life. With the support of the school's parent company, Kisimul Group Limited, Cruckton Hall has continued to respond to a variety of presented needs and now boasts residential provision as a children's home registered for young people who require up to 52 week placements. Cruckton can continue to provide support throughout school, in Further Education and into adult life.
About The Job:
Reporting to the Head Teacher, the Assistant Educational Psychologist is to assist in the administration of formal and informal cognitive assessments to determine each pupil's strengths, weaknesses and learning style. Liaise with the teachers to discuss appropriate materials, programmes and activities to maximise the effectiveness of teaching methods.

Key Responsibilities:
• Complete relevant documentation requested by placing authorities in respect of prospective pupils e.g. provider response forms and pre-assessment reports
• Visit and assess prospective pupils and record all the relevant information gathered from the assessment in an Assessment Report to be made available to parents and the placing authority
• Work as part of the team within the initial assessment period (first three months) to observe new pupils, assessing cognitive ability. Undertake observations and assessments to ascertain a new pupil's cognitive abilities. Administer, score and interpret various psychological tests under the supervision of the Educational Psychologist and record results in the initial assessment record (IAR)
• Work as part of a team within a new pupil's initial assessment period (first three months) to observe new pupils and analyse their behaviour. Use the principles of behavioural analysis in order to inform behaviour support programmes in school and in the residential setting. Record results in an initial assessment record
• Contribute to a behaviour monitoring programme that provides data on frequencies of behaviours, cues/triggers to challenging behaviour displayed and successful/unsuccessful behaviour management strategies.
• Interpret results of psychological evaluations and observations under the supervision of the Educational Psychologist and encapsulate these in written reports to be submitted for the pupils' Annual Review of the Statement
• Plan, carry out, record and evaluate any other 'therapeutic/educational' sessions that a pupil may require e.g. understanding of emotions.
• Devise new assessment programmes under the supervision of the Educational Psychologist where necessary.
• Assist in carrying out programmes devised by other educational professionals, e.g.; Speech Therapist, Educational Psychologist and Occupational Therapist.
• Attend regular team meetings to develop programmes and strategies.
• Support and liaise with teaching and residential staff and respond to queries and suggest strategies where appropriate. Attend care and school meetings, 'Therapy Forums' and Multidisciplinary Case Studies to provide a psychological perspective on interventions/queries.
• Oversee and facilitate successful transitions for pupils on entry to and leaving Cruckton Hall School and between sites to ensure the efficient transfer of information regarding Educational Psychology.
• Research relevant information from universities, schools or other outside agencies that can be applied in the school or residential setting.
• Provide training for all staff on relevant issues within your sphere of knowledge, particularly Autism, Sensory Awareness, Behaviour Management, Severe Learning Difficulties and a range of bite-size training modules.
• Provide information regarding Autism, Sensory Awareness and Behaviour Management for new staff as part of their induction process

Experience Skills & Qualifications

• Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate to wide range people
• Excellent communication skills across all levels
• Traceable work history within a Special Education or Care Environment
• Experience of working as part of a team
• Educated to Degree standard within Psychology

Remuneration Package
The successful applicant will be joining the Education Team working Term Time only plus 6 additional weeks with the working hours of 09:00 - 16:15 and will be offered a remuneration package that will consist of a basic salary of GBP18,010 as well as comprehensive training and other company benefits such as; Pension, Child Care Voucher Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme and not to forget our Stunning Work Location.
About Kisimul Group

Kisimul Group Ltd are a group of independent specialist schools and adult provisions providing exceptional residential care and award-winning education to children, young people and adults with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, severe and complex learning difficulties, global development delay and associated challenging behaviour.
Kisimul is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of adults, children and young people, and expects all staff to share this commitment.

Kisimul is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality for all.
All applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS Check. Kisimul Group Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.
All candidate applications are reviewed in accordance with the criteria outlined for the job role.
Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd September 2017