Educational psychologists are concerned with the learning and well-being of children and young people in educational and early years’ settings. All educational psychologists have knowledge and understanding of child development and associated psychology and so are able to work with schools to provide support for individuals or groups who face challenges in relation to learning, social and emotional development and other complex needs.
If a parent feels it may be helpful for their child to see an Educational Psychologist, they should discuss this with their school SENCO.
This is an educational service that is partly commissioned through schools and other organisations. All mainstream schools are allocated core time that enables the local authority to carry out its statutory duties, in relation to educational psychology services.
The educational psychology team is able to tailor the service provided to the specific needs of the organisation in order to optimise educational outcomes for individuals and groups of children and young people. The service can also help staff work towards the achievement of developmental priorities of schools and which might include for example work around literacy difficulties across a particular year group or pastoral care at a whole school level.
Educational psychologists work within integrated teams and so are well placed to provide a coordinated response to the needs of children, young people and their families alongside schools and other local authority services. Educational psychologists are used to working in collaboration with health based professionals, such as speech and language therapists and child and adolescent mental health service practitioners, as well as other organisations including the voluntary sector.
Educational psychologists working within the team have different professional backgrounds and interests and so the service is able to offer a wide range of educational assessments, therapeutic interventions and training packages that can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual or organisation.
The service maintains strong links with universities as it provides practice placements for trainees and has an ongoing commitment to the professional development of qualified educational psychologists. Positioned at the interface between research and practice the service is readily able to support the implementation of new research and other developments, including legislative changes, into the everyday work in schools.
- Therapeutic intervention
- Bespoke project work to support the developmental priorities of the school, focusing upon specific groups of children and young people or adults
Educational Psychologists and Educational Psychologists in Doctoral Training.
Every school has a named school Educational Psychologist with a small amount of time to deliver the local authority’s statutory duties. Most schools then commission additional time from the psychologist to carry out further work within the school, depending upon the needs of the school.
For more information you can contact Sefton SEN and Inclusion Service on 0151 934 2347 or by emailing SENIS: SENIS@sefton.gov.uk
You can find the Sefton SEN and Inclusion Service at:
Sefton SEN and Inclusion Service
Ainsdale Hope Centre,