Educational Psychologists are applied psychologists who work primarily within an educational context.
Educational Psychologists work within a consultation framework, providing support and advice to early years providers, schools, parents, health professionals and the LEA on children's special educational needs and how those needs might best be met.
Their work includes, where appropriate:
Each psychologist covers an area of the borough and has an additional borough-wide responsibility such as visual or physical impairment.
Other specialist areas include Portage, Early Years and autism. Referrals to the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) of pre-school children mainly come via the Child Development Team. Requests for consultation in relation to school-age children can be made by their school.
If a report is written on a child, a copy is always sent to the parents. Parents' and children’s views are always sought and recorded.
Consultations are usually requested by headteachers or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators following discussions with the child's parents. Requests for full consultation in respect of individual children take place at the School Action Plus stage of the Department for Education and Skills' Code of Practice. Such requests are normally made, subject to their parents' consent, only after the school or nursery has carried out its own assessment of needs at earlier stages of the Code and has put in place and evaluated additional educational/behavioural programmes, recorded in the form of an Individual Education Plan. Referrals of pre-school children with marked learning, physical or sensory difficulties are normally made via the Child Development Team.
Teachers can also request an informal consultation with their school’s Educational Psychologist (EP) in which individual pupils are not identified.
The EPS delivers its service through a time allocation model. Each mainstream school has an allocation of EP time, calculated annually through a formula that takes account of size of roll and proportion of children with special educational needs. There are also allocations of time for special schools/units, pre-school work, Richmond pupils in out-borough schools and specialisms. Each EP also has an allocation of “contingency” time to deal with emergencies, unpredictable surges in statutory demands and to allow schools the opportunity to bid for some extra time for project work and/or school-based staff training.
The EPS does not provide a service to schools in the independent sector although individual pupils undergoing statutory assessment will be seen.
The EPS is committed to monitoring the standard of service delivery and its performance is regularly evaluated.
The Service also operates within the framework of the borough’s equal opportunities and customer care policies.
Any complaint relating to the EPS should initially be directed to the Principal Educational Psychologist. This service operates within the framework of the borough’s complaints procedure.
Telephone: 020 8487 5464
Fax: 020 8487 5465
Updated: 14 February 2018