Wokingham Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is part of Wokingham Children’s Services. We work with schools, settings, parents/carers, children and other professionals to promote children’s learning, development and psychological well being. We provide support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
All Wokingham Educational Psychologists (EPs) are registered with the the Health and Care Professionals Council and have qualifications that mean they are eligible for chartered status with the British Psychological Society, following post graduate training in educational psychology.
- The educational psychologists work to solve problems by gathering information and sharing ideas with others.
- The educational psychologist can have a key role in assessment and intervention and in providing support and advice to parents.
- Educational psychologists can help teachers and parents understand children’s individual needs and support them to bring about change.
- Following discussions (Consultation) with parents and school staff, educational psychologists may:
- Provide help in clarifying problems and devising problem solving strategies
- Carry out specialised assessments
- Help staff manage children's behaviour and anxiety
- Evaluate individual pupil progress
- Provide therapeutic support to children and young people
- Deliver Group work with groups of children and young people
- Support setting/school staff to support children and young people
As well as working around an individual child EPs carry out a range of activities depending on the concerns raised. This can be at a LA, whole school, classroom level and may involve parents/carers, school staff and other professionals.
In addition to working with individual children, educational psychologists can work with groups of pupils or teachers and teaching assistants at the classroom or whole school level, for example assisting schools with the development of SEN and behaviour policies, helping to develop knowledge and skills for school staff and assisting with projects to raise achievement and promote inclusion. We also support school staff and pupils following critical incidents.
Activities may include some of the following:
Whole school/LA level
- Provide training for school staff, other professionals and parents
- Contribute to statutory assessments and Annual Reviews under the 1996 Education Act
- Work at an organisational level e.g. supporting the development of school policies
- Involvement in Local Authority initiatives e.g. TAMHs
- Wokingham Educational Psychology Service
- Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council