Services for children

About educational psychologists

Who are educational psychologists?

Educational Psychologists (EPs) use psychological theories and models to gain a better understanding of educational issues for children, groups of children and across the whole school. They have had extensive training in child development and work with those from 0 to 25 years of age. EPs have a psychological understanding of the learning, social, emotional and behavioural issues that children and young people can present with.

Working in schools and settings

We gather information about individual children and young people to uderstand their special edicational needs.

The information is gathered by:

  • observations
  • individual assessments
  • meeting parents and school staff the child and young person knows

Assessment is used to inform intervention and actions, jintly agreed by th school, parents and educational psychologist.

Children are never seen without parents' permission.

Whole school approach to educational psychology

We offer training to school staff, individual and group consultation. We train in research methodology and can facilitate effective evaluation of programmes or approached within a school.

We can deliver programmes and interventions for a child and groups of children, includind

  • social skills programmes
  • mindfulness programmes
  • support for groups for children with autims
  • other special education needs
  • cognative behavioural therapy
  • solution focused brief therapy

Every maintained school in the borough has a named educational psychologist (EP). The core service is partly funded by a levy. The levy is paid by all schools according to size and level of need and partly funded by us here at the council.

This time is for statutory and non-statutory work.

Schools can purchase additional days on a pay as you go basis or through their school order form every February. Schools can sign up to a two year commitment where competitive rates are available.

EPs and schools agree a work programme, usually for each school term. An EP will provide psychological advice as part of all
special educational needs statutory assessments.

Contact educational psychology service:

Carmelita House, 21-22 The Mall, Ealing W5 2PJ

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Last updated: 24 May 2021