Educational Psychology Tutor

Contract Fulltime Parttime University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 5, 2021
  • Salary: £51034 - £59135
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Job Description

Educational Psychology Tutor – School of Education – 97457 – Grade 9

– (210000X5)

Position Details

School of Education, College of Social Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135, with potential progression once in post to £77,108

Grade – 9

Part Time – 50% Fixed term contract until September 2024

Closing date – 4th July 2021


The opportunity to extend the Educational Psychology tutor team at the University of Birmingham from 01 September 2020 has arisen as a result of an increased annual intake of trainee educational psychologists.

Further extension of the team is expected at the start of the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2024, to accommodate continuing planned increases in the educational psychology student cohort; at 0.50 FTE.

Applicants must be experienced, HCPC-registered educational psychologists who are chartered with the British Psychological Society, and employed as educational psychologists by one of the West Midlands local authority educational psychology services. Applicants are expected to bring a demonstrable track record in research and/or other scholarly activity of relevance to applied psychology training and / or practice.

Applicants in full-time employment are expected to have undertaken initial discussions with line managers about the possibility of secondment or part-time release from their local authority post.

Overall Purpose of the Job

A specific job description covering 55 or 110 working days per year will be negotiated with the

post holder(s) before commencement of duties.

Duties will include:

  • direct teaching with trainee educational psychologists in their first, second and third years of training;

  • provision of academic and supervised professional practice supervision for trainee educational psychologists, including liaison with their designated placement supervisors / practice educators;

  • contribution to research supervision for trainee educational psychologists in their second and third years of full-time registration;

  • examination of trainee educational psychologists’ academic work and / or professional portfolios;

  • internal examination of theses submitted by trainee educational psychologists within the University of Birmingham, and external examination of theses submitted by trainee educational psychologists at other approved programmes of study in England;

  • participation in App Ed and Child Psy D tutor meetings;

  • contribution to planning developments to the curriculum, its delivery and its assessment arrangements, harnessing developments to knowledge and practice arising from the parent disciplines of psychology and education, and mindful of the need for full compliance with internal and external regulatory protocols and processes; and

  • supporting the publication and impact of trainee educational psychologists’ research and practice.

A pro-rata time allowance will be assured to facilitate the post holder’s continuing academic, research and professional development, and support the process of knowledge transfer.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Foundational knowledge, educational psychology practice experience and skills relating to:

    • a range of psychological assessment paradigms and methods, formulation, intervention and evaluation suitable for use with children, young people and young adults across the 0-25 year age continuum;

    • models of consultation;

    • organisational analysis and development;

    • evidence-validated approaches to preventing and / or reducing the severity and enduring impact of difficulties in learning, mental health or other aspects of psycho-social and psycho-educational development, and / or mitigating the influence of special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Expertise relevant to supporting trainee EPs’ development of the following specific core competencies for doctoral programmes in educational psychology in England, Northern Ireland and Wales specified by the British Psychological Society (Programme Standard 2: Programme content (learning, research and practice), (British Psychological Society, 2019):

    • understanding of individual differences in developmental progression by demonstrating knowledge of theories of psychology relevant to cognitive development and learning, language and communication, across the developmental lifespan;

    • knowledge and application of pedagogic practices and their conceptual and evidential bases, taking account of normal progression and development, and the modifications necessary to support effective learning and development for children, young people and young adults with special educational needs/additional learning needs and disabilities (SEND);

    • application of evidence-informed curriculum and instructional strategies;

    • further development and application of knowledge and understanding of different cultural, faith and ethnic groups, and how to work with sensitivity and respect with and on behalf of individuals from these backgrounds in professional practice; and

    • increasingly skilful practice in establishing agreed criteria to evaluate service user responses to intervention (using qualitative and /or quantitative measures) and setting up appropriate monitoring arrangements.

  • The ability to contribute to the continuing dynamic development of the curriculum for the initial training of educational psychologists, (including situated learning within supervised placement settings), planning strategically and pragmatically to support trainees’ balanced integration, application, development and evaluation of a range of conceptual frameworks and knowledge domains within the complex settings in which educational psychologists encounter and endeavour to meet the highly diverse needs of service users

  • Depth and breadth of interest in psychological theory and research, evidenced through a coherent and clearly focused continuing academic and research development plans and strategies following qualification

  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical and professional codes of conduct and practice, and adherence to these.


  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner educational psychologist

  • Doctoral research degree

  • Experience of the full range of educational psychology professional practice

  • One or more area(s) of developed educational psychology specialism

  • Ability to evaluate research in relation to educational psychology practice

  • Experience of teaching adult learners in (an) educational context(s)

  • Capability of fulfilling a

  • pastoral role in tutorial / supervisory interactions with adult learners

  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively and co-operatively

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Reliable personal organisation, with evidence of administrative accuracy, effective management of time and workload, and personal well-being

  • The ability to act diplomatically and rationally in difficult situations, showing an ability to consider the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders

  • An informed understanding of human diversity and the ways that individual differences and contextual / cultural influences affect educational and vocational opportunities and outcomes

  • Commitment to keep up to date with developments in educational psychology and ‘training’ / optimising the learning process and outcomes for trainee educational psychologists

  • Willingness to contribute constructively and critically to team functioning

  • Willingness and ability to take a lead in (a) defined areas of programme administration, curriculum development, and / or support for student learning, research and publication.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.


Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Education
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 04.06.2021, 10:29:38 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 9
Salary (Pay Basis) 51,034.00
Maximum Salary 77,108.00
Advert Close Date 04.07.2021, 5:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 29.09.2024

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