Frequently asked questions
People often have questions about what Educational Psychologists do and how we work. As such, we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions to clear this up:
- what kind of issues can an Educational Psychologist help with?
- when should I consult an Educational Psychologist?
- how do I consult with an Educational Psychologist?
- what sort of work does and Educational Psychologist do?
What kind of issues can an Educational Psychologist help with?
Educational Psychologist's can help support children and young people who may be experiencing a range of issues related to their learning. For example:
- cognitive development
- social communication skills
- social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (e.g. anger, anxiety, attachment, motivation, self esteem)
- speech and Language skills
- hearing and Visual impairment
- english as an additional Language
- more able and talented
When should I consult an Educational Psychologist?
Consultation with an Educational Psychologist is considered appropriate across the continuum detailed in the SEN code of practice. Prior to EP consultation, staff should have discussed their concerns with the School SENCo and an intervention plan should have been put in place and monitored over time. When a child does not respond positively to an intervention from within schools resources the school SENCO may wish to prioritise the child for further discussion with the Educational Psychologist. Through collaborative discussion with your EP you can then agree on the best course of action and type of involvement required. This may involve further consultation with parents, pupils and/or other professionals.
How do I consult with an Educational Psychologist?
Any staff member or professional that has on-going concerns regarding a pupils learning should firstly discuss this with the school SENCO. Requests for Educational Psychology involvement are made solely by the school SENCO. Staff may also contact the Educational Psychologist directly (via telephone or email) for informal advice and discussion.
What sort of work does and Educational Psychologist do?
Educational Psychologists may work in many different ways depending on the particular concerns raised by schools. Our key roles include:
- consultation with staff, parents and professionals
- individual assessment and observation of pupils
- staff training
- individual and group interventions
- research and policy advice
Please see our Services section for more details.