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Educational Psychology Service

Page last updated: 18/02/2020

​​​​​Essex Educational Psychologists (EPs) provide independent professional advice to families and schools. An EP applies psychology (the study of thinking, learning, emotions and behaviour) to support the learning, development and wellbeing of children and young people up to 25 years old. Take a look at the The Role of the Educational Psychologist​​ for further information and have a look at the EPS Vision, Mission, Core Values and Design Principles​.


All Essex Local Authority schools (including academies) have a named Locality EP who provides EP services which are free at the point of delivery. All work is negotiated in partnership with school staff e.g. Headteacher and/or Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). EPs can offer support to schools when a critical incident​ occurs. 

Parents, SENCOs and EPs have created a leaflet on Key messages for schools about  working with parents and carers and the EPS

Children, Young People, Parents and Carers

Children and young people have access to the Locality EP at their school when appropriate permissions have been obtained.  The SENCO can support a child to understand the role of the EP and a parent or young person can speak to the SENCO if they would like to discuss the involvement of an EP. The following leaflets have been put together to help children, young people and their parents understand more about the EP service:

The EP Service also have a Parent Helpline available and details on how to access this can be found on the Essex Local Offer.

Essex EPs have published a number of articles in professional journals.

To see the additional work that Essex EPs are involved in, and how you can be a part of it, take a look at the information sheet. Alternatively if you are interested in studying psychology or becoming an Educational Psychologist, a separate information sheet is available. 

For any queries, please speak to your schools named Locality EP.

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