Roles, pay and benefits

“There’s quite a lot of freedom to set your own timetable and to get your tasks done in a way that you think is appropriate for you.”

Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist

Our roles and pay

  • As an Educational Psychologist you will provide educational psychology services through advice, consultation, assessment, training, research and evaluation.

    The service:

    • undertakes statutory assessments based on person centred approaches
    • delivers a core offer to schools, including consultation meetings and SENCO Solution Circles
    • has a chargeable service focussed on wellbeing which enables us to offer a range of evidence-based support to schools and other settings, including consultation and training. We have a well-developed Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) programme and lead on the countywide Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) support, in addition to Educational Psychologists contributing to other services such as our Virtual School
    • provides support for schools following a sad event or critical incident.
  • A role for an aspiring Educational Psychologist who supports the service in applying psychology to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN and additional educational needs.

    Key responsibilities:

    • Contribute positively to service delivery, working under the supervision of an Educational Psychologist.
    • Support the provision of statutory, core and chargeable educational psychology services to a local area.
    • Provide interventions in schools and other settings as directed by the supervising Educational Psychologist.
    • Contribute to service development through project work, research and evaluation.

“It honestly is the best place I’ve ever worked! In terms of stress levels, in terms of work-life balance, it is a great place to work. It’s really friendly, really open, really transparent.”

Educational Psychologist


As an employer, we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.

In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:

  • commitment to ongoing professional development supporting you to develop areas of interest
  • high quality supervision
  • up to 31 days annual leave plus bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
  • access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme local government pension scheme
  • a range of flexible working options - we support hybrid working and face-to-face and home working and are actively exploring smarter working practices
  • maternity, paternity, dependency and adoption leave
  • training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • a range of discounts giving our staff access to hundreds of offers with the opportunity to save over £1,000 a year through our West Sussex Choices benefits platform
  • discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres
  • an employee assistance programme offering 24/7 support for you and your family for a range of things, including mental wellbeing
  • a diverse and inclusive workforce, with active staff networks for:
    • mental health
    • black, Asian and minority ethnic staff
    • carers
    • disabled staff
    • LGBTQ
    • women
    • neurodiversity.

We also have a range of commuting and business travel discounts and initiatives, including:

  • pool cars - you can access a range of cars for your travel for work purposes
  • discounted bus and train tickets (15 per cent on peak and off-peak travel with Southern Rail)
  • car benefit scheme where you can offset your salary in exchange for a brand new car
  • Cycle to Work scheme - a salary sacrifice scheme where you can get a bike for a healthy way to travel
  • a relocation package of up to £8,000 for those moving into the local authority to work for us.

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and benefits page.

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