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Educational Psychology Service

Page last updated: 02/04/2019

​​​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.


All Essex EPs have:

  • BSc/BA/MSc in Psychology
  • A minimum of 2 years teaching experience (Primary/Secondary/both, following a Postgraduate Certificate in Education) or other relevant experience
  • MSc and/or Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology
  • Practitioner Psychologist status and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council

EPs work at different systemic levels e.g. whole county, community, whole school, class, group, family, individual child/young person. They work to support the development of all children and young people, including those who have special educational needs and disabilities. They can also support school improvement.

The 5 key aspects of EP work are:

  • consultation (using specific psychological frameworks and approaches)
  •  assessment
  • intervention
  • training
  • research

Using psychological research, theory and best practice, EPs work across different settings and cover a diverse range of issues. These include early child development, learning and thinking, communication and interaction, social and emotional well-being and mental health, organisational development and many more – see The Role of the Educational Psychologist​​


The EPS Vision, Mission, Core Values and Design Principles​ have been developed with the whole team.


Critical incidents


A team of EPs is available to support schools and settings in the event of a critical incident which involves the death of a member of their community or an emergency. 


Critical Incident Procedure and Support for Loss and Bereavement​ – details about what support is available to your school to manage a critical incident or emergency​



  • 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).
  • Key messages for schools about  working with parents and carers and the EPS – this leaflet was created by parents, SENCOs and 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 young person can speak to the SENCO if they would like to discuss the involvement of an EP. 
  • The Educational Psychology Service Parent Helpline provides parents and carers of Essex children with direct telephone access to an Educational Psychologist who will listen to their concerns and ideas, and help them find a positive way forward. The EP Parent Helpline is an anonymous and confidential helpline. To contact the EPS Parent Helpline call 01245 433 293.
    The helpline is open every Monday afternoon during term time from 1pm to 5pm.  The helpline is not a route to a referral for an EP assessment. If a parent would like their child assessed by an EP then they should speak to the SENCO in the setting.


Intervention work Essex EPs are involved with includes


        •         Attachment Aware schools

        •         Assessment and Intervention Pyramids

        •         Bright Minds Bright Moods (CBT                      Intervention) 

       •        Critical Incident Support

        •         Elklan training

        •         Essex EPS Maths Intervention

        •         Essex Provision Guidance Toolkit

        •         Good Beginnings (ASC intervention)


    Senior Specialist Educational Psychologists

         Research-based literacy interventions

         Parent4Parent (support around ASC needs)

         Prevention of Youth Suicide Guidance Toolkit for Schools

         Organisational Development work (Sycol framework)

         TEA Groups (Talking Education and Adoption)

       Youth Offending Service work

       One Planning​

Essex Senior Specialist EPs lead work within our service and the county for the following;

        •         Autism

        •         Behaviour

        •         Child and Adolescent Mental Health

        •         Children in Care and Post Adoption

         Early Years

         Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

         Physical and Neurological Impairment

         Speech Language and Communication.

Professional journal articles by Essex EPs

Interested in working with the Essex Educational Psychology Service team?​

Interested in studying psychology?​

Educational Psychology Service poster 

To contact the Educational Psychology Service directly, please see information below for your area of Essex.​



Ros Somerville​
Principal Educational Psychologist


West Team
Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist
Contact Chris O’Nions, SEND Quadrant Manager Chris.O'
03330 133 338


Mid Team
Marcus Bennett 
Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist​​

0333 013 4333


North East Team
Shirley Mawer
Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist
03330 137 637

South Team
Kate Ayre
Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist
03330 134 3