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Fairfield House 8 Lothian Road, EH22 3AA
£69,279 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
36 hours per week

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Job Description


Location: Fairfield House, Lothian Road, Dalkeith, EH22 3AA


Salary:         SNCT Principal Educational Psychologist Scale

Point 5: £69,279



We are seeking a Principal Educational Psychologist to join our forward-looking Educational Psychology Service within the Children Young People and Partnerships Division of the People and partnerships Directorate. The Children Young People and Partnerships Division brings together education, children social work services and communities, lifelong learning and employability service areas.

We are looking for a Principal Educational Psychologist to support the Executive Director and Chief Social Work Officer: Children’s Services in the delivery of the Council’s strategic aims by:-

  • Providing strategic leadership and operational management of the Midlothian Educational Psychology Service.
  • Providing statutory educational psychology service through the delivery of assessment, intervention, consultation, training and research to children, young people, parents/carer/schools and the Children, Young People and Partnerships Directorate
  • Leading research and evidenced based approaches to support and challenge schools to raise attainment and meet learners’ needs effectively
  • Leading and managing the School Counselling Service and Community Mental Health Framework Funding
  • Responsibility for policy development in partnership with Executive Business Support Manager
  • Responsibility for providing reports to Cabinet, Council, Performance and Scrutiny Committee, Audit Committee, Finance Strategy Group, Children, Young People and Partnership Strategic Group
  • Representing the Executive Director and Chief Officer(s) in specific meetings, as directed to monitor progress, undertake research, report on outcomes, refocus or re-prioritise resources.
  • Leading designated initiatives and thematic projects, identifying transformation opportunities, ensuring value for money and/or improving resource efficiency, customer experience or service delivery.

The Educational Psychology Service contributes to action plans in relation to learning and teaching, inclusive education, GIRFEC, career long professional learning and self-evaluation in order to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.  The Principal Educational Psychologist is a key member of the Education Leadership Team. The Education Psychology Service works to ensure that evidence is used to inform and innovate practice within the overall framework of the policies for Children Young People and Partnerships, with an emphasis on the core principles of equalities, inclusion, partnership and participation. The Service plays a critical role in undertaking research to inform improvement priorities, revise policies and improve practice.

With substantial experience of working effectively as an Educational Psychologist, you will bring a demonstrable track record of delivering first class services for children and young people and high quality, evidence based educational psychology.



You will have an Honours degree in Educational Psychology, a Post Graduate Masters degree in Educational Psychology, and hold membership as a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Management experience within a Local Authority Psychological Service is desirable. Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 


Pre Employment Checks

If you are successful, our offer of employment will be conditional on satisfactory completion of pre-employment requirements, such as medical screening, two written references, one which must be from your most recent/current employer, verification of your original qualifications and your eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. A satisfactory PVG check for Regulated Work with Children will also be essential.

Regulated Work with Children

This post is considered Regulated Work with Children, under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.

Successful candidates will require a PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children. You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you. The fee for a Full PVG Scheme Membership is £59. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 6 consecutive pay periods. The fee for a PVG Scheme Record Update is £18. You will be required to re-pay this amount to the Council by salary deduction over 2 consecutive pay periods. If your employment concludes before the amount is re-paid in full, the outstanding balance will be deducted from your final salary. If you are an existing employee the Council will pay the cost of the Application Fee.

In your application we ask for information under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. We ask you to disclose any unspent convictions. Disclosures should be made by writing to or emailing the Employment and Reward Manager, in confidence, giving details of the offence(s), penalty and date(s) of conviction. Applicants should note that failure to disclose a conviction which is subsequently advised through a Disclosure Scotland check may result in the withdrawal of any offer of appointment.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar an applicant from working with Midlothian. Decisions regarding suitability for positions of trust which are subject to vetting will be dependent on the nature of the position, together with the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit:

How to Apply

Please apply on-line. Facilities are available at all public libraries in Midlothian.

If you have difficulty applying for this post or in accessing the attached documents, or if you have a disability and reasonable adjustment is required, please email to speak to a member of the Recruitment Team stating the post reference number.

Closing Date

Sunday 2nd October 2022