Educational Psychology Service - Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council County Offices Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3AG

About Educational Psychology Service - Derbyshire County Council

The Educational Psychology Service may work with children and young people aged 0-25. They provide help and support to the families of the children they are involved with, though their main role is within the educational system. Every school has an Educational Psychologist (EP) linked to the school. They provide the school with a Support and Planning meeting twice a year. In this meeting the work that the Educational Psychologist will do is agreed and the progress of children that they know is reviewed. Educational Psychologists support schools in meeting the needs of children with severe and complex problems. Sometimes this is through professional consultations, sometimes using detailed assessments or observations and sometimes through direct interventions. Educational Psychologist also offer training to school staff on a wide range of topics. EPs also work with pre-school children. In these cases, the EP will meet with children and families and offer support to the child's setting if appropriate. EPs also work with other Services across the LA. There are 22 Full Time Equivalent Educational Psychologists working across Derbyshire. They aim to help children enjoy their time in school; participate in all aspects of the school life and to make the best progress possible. They do this by trying to understand any issues or problems that a child may have and help remove the barriers that might interfere with these processes. Educational Psychologists provide 'core' work to schools − funded by the Local Authority - for children or young people who are currently experiencing severe and complex difficulties and who have EHC plans, or are undergoing EHC needs assessments, or are at the highest levels of need leading up to a referral for EHC needs assessment / at high risk of permanent exclusion, providing schools have already followed a robust graduated response. Schools are asked to prioritise children for this work at twice-yearly planning meetings. In addition, schools can purchase training, direct interventions with pupils, assessment or consultation at SEN Support level, or other support for the school.

Opening times

Open during

All Year

Age Groups

Caters for the following age groups

0 months To 25 years
Special Needs area of experience

Autistic spectrum, Challenging behaviours, Hearing impairment, Language/communication needs, Learning Difficulties, Physical impairment, Visual impairment, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, Multi Sensory Impairment, Mental Health Needs, Complex Health Needs, Learning Disabilities,

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