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Educational Psychology

What we do

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service (EPS) promotes inclusive practice and works with children, young people, families, schools and other practitioners to encourage the educational, social and emotional growth and development of children and young people. We provide guidance and support to schools on a range of issues, including raising the achievement of pupils, particularly those with special educational needs (SEN).

How we work

Hillingdon EPS provides a specialist psychological service to schools, nurseries and other educational settings in Hillingdon. The EP will work closely with the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or Inclusion Manager in the school or setting to arrange their work, whether commissioned by the Local Authority or the school or setting itself. The EPS also provides a specialist service to children and young people with statements of SEN or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans who are Hillingdon residents but are being educated elsewhere.

How we support children, young people, their parents/ carers and educational settings

We contribute to improving outcomes for children and young people in schools and other educational settings by:

  • carrying out assessments of the special educational needs of children and young people in order to provide clarity on any difficulties they may be experiencing
  • providing specialist direct support to children and young people, including therapeutic interventions
  • providing consultation advice to educational settings and parents/carers, and to children and young people directly, to enable them to function as well as possible.
  • making psychological expertise and understanding available to professionals working with children and young people, especially in schools and early years settings, in line with statutory requirements and local and national policies.
  • offering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training to other professionals in areas where educational psychologists have relevant experience.

The EPS operates a consultation model delivery of service, which involves working with settings to identify needs and to plan, assess and  implement interventions. Parents and young people can contact the service to discuss whether an EP would be appropriate to consult for advice and the psychologist will usually want to involve the current education setting in planning any involvement.

Staff qualifications

All educational psychologists employed by the London Borough of Hillingdon are fully qualified and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). There is a statutory duty for educational psychologists to engage in continuing professional development to maintain this registration. Trainee educational psychologists who are enrolled on approved training courses work under the supervision of qualified EPs within the team. We also employ assistant educational psychologists to work under supervision. The service undertakes supervision, training and quality assurance.

Further information

For more information about this service, please click here.

Last reviewed: 28/09/2017

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