Hillingdon Educational Psychology have secured new leadership and are reviewing their model of service delivery, to develop a more comprehensive EP service offer.
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.
We are a team of professionals trained in education and psychology at masters or doctorate level. The London Borough of Hillingdon will only employ educational psychologists who are fully qualified and registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). In order to retain this registration, it is compulsory that continuing professional development (CPD) is kept up-to-date. We also employ trainees, who are completing their doctorate training courses, and assistant educational psychologists. Any work undertaken in either of these roles will be overseen and supervised by the qualified EPs within the team for quality assurance purposes.
How we work
Hillingdon EPS provides a specialist psychological service to schools, nurseries and other educational settings in Hillingdon. We improve outcomes for children and young people by implementing an approach that facilitates positive change.
The focus of the work can be at the following levels:
- Strategic, systems and organisational level (eg whole school level)
- Group and class level
- Individual child, young person, staff, adult and family level
Hillingdon EPS support could include:
- Carrying out assessments of the special educational needs of children and young people in order to provide further insight and facilitate progress
- Providing specialist direct support to children and young people, including therapeutic interventions
- Offering consultation advice to parents or carers and children and young people within educational settings
- Support settings to explore, review and develop a strategic approach to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND); this could include collaborating on key policies or guidelines and supporting whole school SEND reviews
- Offering bespoke Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and whole school training on areas of SEND
Accessing Hillingdon EPS support
- If a request for statutory assessment has been agreed for a Hillingdon child or young person, then a link Educational Psychologist (EP) from the service will be allocated to undertake this assessment and liaise with the key individuals.
School or setting
- To access Hillingdon EPS outside of an agreed statutory assessment, your school or setting can purchase time through the traded offer; our 'EPS Traded Offer' has all the relevant details and information on how to access this support.
Parent or Carer:
- If you feel that your child would benefit from involvement with an educational psychologist, talk to the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at their school or pre-school. They will consider the issues raised and work with you and your child to address your concerns; educational psychology support may be sought when further advice and guidance is needed. The school or setting will then make a decision whether to access EP input.
Frequently asked questions
If you want to find out more about how the Educational Psychology Service works, please refer to these frequently asked questions.
Reasons to choose Hillingdon EPS
- We have recently reviewed our EP model of service delivery, established new leadership and are growing / widening our offer, to provide high quality psychology and SEND support to Hillingdon schools / settings
- We aim to build on the previous EP model of service delivery and the positive relationships with our Hillingdon schools and settings to provide a new offer that is flexible to your individual needs, quality assured and demonstrates impact
- We are the only psychology service with direct and established links to services in Education, Health and Social Care across Hillingdon. This means that you benefit from an effective and coordinated approach
- Our team, made up of HCPC registered psychologists, has excellent knowledge and expertise in child and educational psychology; we apply research to ensure Hillingdon EP practice is evidence informed
- Trainee educational psychologists who are undertaking doctoral programmes are offered placements with Hillingdon EPS. This ensures our team are engaging with the future of the EP profession and are up-to-date on current research, approaches and new ways of working.
If you have a question or would like to get in contact with us, please use the following details:
Phone: 01895 558101
Address: Educational Psychology Service, London Borough of Hillingdon, Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, UB8 1UW.
Last reviewed: 07/06/2019