Educational Psychology Service - What we do

The Educational Psychology Service has statutory functions, which includes the giving of advice about a child or young person’s additional support needs to parents/carers, educational establishments and the local authority.

Educational Psychologists (EPs) have five core functions:

  • Consultation
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Training, Research

A request for assistance process is used to access the Educational Psychology Service, with further information provided in our service’s information leaflets.

The work of an educational psychologist is varied but largely consists of:

  • Development work: training and project work with education establishments and the authority, as well as undertaking research and evaluation. We also contribute to authority groups and to the development of authority policies and guidance and we provide advice to the authority and to partners.  
  • Casework: in relation to a child or young person, an educational psychologist often works indirectly through a process of consultation, providing advice to parents/carers and the team around the child. Sometimes an educational psychologist will work directly with a child or young person to help progress learning or behaviour, working in partnership with those who know the child or young person best.

Some examples of an educational psychologist’s work are:

  • Training education staff and partners on loss, attachment, trauma and brain development.
  • Supporting the development of mindfulness in some schools, for children and young people.
  • Providing direct input with a child to support them in managing their feelings and emotions. 
  • Supporting education staff in implementing the Model for Improvement.
  • Contributing to a ‘My World’ assessment of a child’s learning if the expected progress is not being made.
  • Chairing an authority multi-agency group on mental health and wellbeing to develop an authority strategy.