The mission of the Department of Education (DE) is to ensure that all children and young people have access to a positive learning experience and to facilitate them, through learning to realise their full potential and contribute to Ireland’s social, economic and cultural development.

NEPS Educational Psychologists are assigned to a local team of psychologists coordinated by a Senior Team Leading Psychologist. They provide an educational psychological service for their assigned schools and may also work collaboratively with colleagues to meet NEPS national service priorities.

Career opportunities:
A panel will be formed from which vacancies may be filled in various locations around the country.


  • Meet Sarah
    Meet Sarah
    Sarah tells us she joined the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) for the opportunity to work consultatively with schools and to support schools to make systemic changes so as to develop their supports for children and young people with additional needs

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  • Meet Kevin
    Meet Kevin
    Kevin shares his career path from working as a primary school teacher in a number of schools before working in a special school for pupils with special education needs. This led him to complete a Diploma in Special Education and later completing a degree in Psychology through the Open University and later a master's in Educational Psychology.

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  • Meet Helen
    Meet Helen
    Helen gives us insight into her career as an Educational Psychologist, having been inspired to follow a new direction after encountering the National Educational Psychologist Services (NEPS) while working as a Primary School Teacher.

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  • Meet Marie
    Meet Máire
    Máire shares her experience of working as an Educational Psychologist with the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) in the Department of Education. She talks about the supportive environment which allowed her the opportunity to grow and develop her skills.

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  • Meet Patricia
    Meet Patricia
    Patricia says that the best thing about working in National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) is the collegiality and working with a group of like-minded people. The collective expertise of colleagues is great, and you come away from individual or group supervision feeling more able and grounded. With that support behind you, you are better able to help support schools.

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  • Meet Andrew
    Meet Andrew
    Andrew gives us insight into his career path to becoming an Educational Psychologist, having completed placements in education, disability and mental health services, which provided him with a range of skills that can support the psychological needs of children. He tells us that he enjoys bridging the gap between home and school, being immersed in these two parts of the system around the child.

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  • Meet Gráinne
    Meet Gráinne
    Gráinne gives us an insight into her career as an Educational Psychologist with the National Educational Psychological Service. Gráinne shares that her role allows her the opportunity to apply psychological theory, research and techniques to support children, young people, their families and schools to promote the emotional and social wellbeing of young people.

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