The BCP Council Educational Psychology Service works to promote the well-being, inclusion and achievement of children and young people up to the age of 25.
Educational Psychologists seek to understand a child or young person's thought processes, beliefs, values and identity, and how these are reflected in their communication, education and behaviour. We recognise that many of the difficulties children and young people face are the result their experiences and interaction with the environment around them, such as their class, school or home. Educational psychologists therefore look for solutions to difficulties by working with those who know the child or young person best and who are in the best position to change things to help the child’s learning and/or behaviour. Even small changes to the curriculum, the environment or an adult’s behaviour, can prompt positive changes within the child or young person.
Educational Psychologists are employed by the Local Authority to provide independent advice and we are, first and foremost, advocates for the child or young person.
A Graduated Response
Educational Psychologists build on the work that has taken place as part of the graduated response process by educational staff and by Health and Social Care services.
The Support we offer
Every BCP Local Authority school, academy and college has a named Educational Psychologist (EP)
Our Educational Psychology Service is a targeted service and supports educational staff in meeting the needs of pupils with SEND by providing:
- Support to Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs)
- Training to help develop staff skills and promote inclusive practice
- Support to staff to develop strategies and programmes for individuals/groups of children
- Support to staff to develop effective systems and policies
- SEND Forums/Solution Circles at which we discuss solutions to overcome barriers to learning and share best practice
- National and regional updates regarding SEND and local services through SEND Briefings
- Early support for school communities to cope with sad or traumatic events
Through liaison with SENDCOs and Local Authority Services such as our Statutory Services Team, our Health Services and Children’s Social Care teams, Educational Psychologists may also be involved with individual pupils who have been prioritised for our service. This work may include:
- Attending multi-agency and review meetings
- Consultations with parents and staff to agree clear outcomes and plan actions to achieve those outcomes
- Reviews of progress
- Psychological assessment, which may be used to:
- Gain a clearer understanding of the pupil’s views
- Gain a clearer understanding of the pupil’s strengths and needs
- Contribute to the diagnostic pathway for a developmental disorder such as an autistic spectrum condition
- Contribute to an Education, Health and Care assessment which may lead to the issue of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
All BCP Council Educational Psychologists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must adhere to HCPC professional standards and requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
For more information about the service and for information appropriate for children and young people please click the link to the leaflets at the side of this page
As a service, we are committed to the ongoing improvement of our practice. If you have had involvement with the Educational Psychology service we would welcome your feedback. Please click on the link to feedback forms at the side of this page. The feedback form is anonymous.