Educational Psychologist – Special Educational Needs
English Schools Foundation
Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong


Leading the delivery of psychological services and initiatives to support learning and wellbeing for a diverse range of students, including students with disability and / or additional learning and support needs.

The Educational Psychologist is also responsible for the provision of services for both individual case-work, family support and advice to principals and staff.

Main Accountabilities :

  • To undertake case-work with individual pupils with special educational needs.
  • To assist schools in the assessment of children who may have special educational needs.
  • To provide advice to schools on strategies for assisting children with special educational needs.
  • To liaise with other agencies (including Government psychological services) to increase the assistance available to ESF and to ensure a concerted approach to meeting children’s needs.
  • To convene and chair case conferences as necessary
  • To contribute, as part of a professional team, in providing SEN services within ESF
  • To contribute to the in-service training of teachers.
  • To provide assessments of children who have applied for admission to ESF schools and who are considered likely to have special educational needs.
  • Ensure opportunities are made available for consultation with schools, parents, students and community organizations to identify special needs requirements of schools and students.
  • This is a hybrid support staff contract


  • A degree in psychology or equivalent, such qualifications that enable the incumbent to gain registration as an educational psychologist (acceptable to the British Psychological Society or equivalent for graduate membership).
  • Mandatory : at least 5 years’ successful experience as an educational psychologist.
  • Desirable : at least 2 years’ classroom teaching experience and qualified teacher status.

    A range of experience working with children and young people of all ages.

    Abilities :

    Professional competence and confidence in :

  • Undertaking case work with SEN students (kindergarten through secondary)
  • Undertaking assessments of potential SEN students
  • Assisting schools, as appropriate, with assessments and case work
  • Liaising with other agencies, as appropriate, in Hong Kong
  • Convening case conferences
  • Designing and leading in-service training for teachers and other professional staff
  • Developing and supporting therapeutic and behaviour management programmes
  • Preparing formal reports / recommendations concerning cases and interventions
  • Developing and reviewing policies, as required
  • Knowledge

  • A sound theoretical and practical knowledge of recent developments in educational psychology.
  • Understanding of special educational needs philosophies and practices in; student services, special education, inclusive education, student wellbeing, child protection
  • Ability to :

  • Work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to promote and uphold the ESF Vision and Mission
  • Lead different teams of people with effective communication skills, practical skills and a sound understanding of the impact of systems change in a school based setting.
  • Establish positive relationships with secondary school staff, ESFC staff, parents and children
  • Negotiate and influence positively
  • Manage and resolve conflict
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