Educational psychology services

The Educational Psychology Service provides support to improve the educational performance of children and young people who have additional needs. The service aims to promote the inclusion of children and young people in mainstream education and offers:

  • assessment
  • advice
  • consultation
  • intervention
  • training

This service operates within a range of 'integrated services' which allows direct access to other childcare practitioners and professional disciplines to deliver a co-ordinated approach to children’s needs.   

Who the service is for

Educational Psychologists work with children and young people (up to the age of 18 years) that, for the most part, have additional needs.

The service has specialist knowledge of:

  • behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • autistic spectrum disorder
  • the early years
  • dyslexia and specific learning difficulties 

Who can request the service

This is not a service that parents, guardians and carers would apply for directly. Children are normally referred to the Educational Psychology Service by their school or early years setting. Therefore, if you are concerned about your child, in the first instance you should seek advice from your child's school or educational setting.

The service responds to requests from within the Local Authority for:

  • a statutory assessment of a child or young person’s 'Special Educational Needs and/or Disability' (SEND)
  • on-going support to monitor the progress of those with a Statement of Special Education Needs

All maintained schools and academies can opt to purchase this service from us. Schools have the option to purchase time for assessment, consultation, intervention and/or training.

All coordination of this service is handled through your child's school or educational setting.


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