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.
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
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