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.