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Educational Psychology Service

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
  • Research
  • Work at an organisational level e.g. supporting the development of school policies
  • Involvement in Local Authority initiatives e.g. TAMHs
Provider:
Wokingham Educational Psychology Service
Service provided by Wokingham Borough Council

Who to contact

Contact Name
Elaine Munro
Contact Position
Principal Educational Psychologist
Telephone
0118 908 8011 - Brambles Neighbourhood Team
Email
csbat@wokingham.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Wokingham Children's Services , Brambles Neighbourhood Team
Address
Budges Gardens
Wokingham
Postcode
RG40 1PX

When is it On/Open ?

Date & Time Information

Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am – 5:30pm

Out of hours work could be negotiated

The Educational Psychology Service is available 52 weeks of the year.

Costs and Fee Information

Service/Activity is Free
Yes
Cost details

There is no cost to parent/carers.  

Academies and free schools will be charged for some work. 

Visit the schools hub traded services section to find out when and what work will be charged.

How is the service funded
Local Authority
Other

Facilities and Accessibility

Facilities
Wheelchair access
FREE Service
Additional Information

Educational Psychology services are delivered in the child or young person's educational setting.  

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
Children aged 0 – 19 years. If a child has an EHC plan we may work with them up until the age of 25
Eligibility Criteria

The following indicates the eligibilty criteria to access the Educational psychology Service:

  • Before an Educational Psychologist becomes involved a child needs to be known to the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)/Inclusion Manager of their school, college or setting (this could be as a result of a concern raised by their parent/carer)
  • Pre-school children whose needs are causing concern need to be drawn to the attention of Wokingham Early Support Panel by an appropriate health professional. Following this an educational psychologist may become involved.
  • All pieces of work are negotiated with the SENCo at the termly school planning meeting, priority is given based on the complexity of need
  • Educational psychologists will be involved as part of the statutory assessment process/EHC needs assessment.

Referral

Referral required
Yes
Who can refer
Via School
Referral notes

All work undertaken by an educational psychologist must have informed parental consent. A Request for Involvement is usually completed by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)/Inclusion manager of the school. Each school has a link EP with whom they meet with at the beginning of each term in the school planning meeting. Other professionals also attend this meeting. In this meeting Requests for Involvement are discussed and if appropriate the EP will arrange a consultation, usually within a term.

Within the pre-school age group a Request for EP Involvement comes through the Early Years Support Panel. This can be made by a paediatrician or other health professionals e.g. Health Visitors, Speech and Lnaguage Therapists. Education professionals- Early Years Inclusion Advisor, Dingley's Promise and Sensory Consortium and from socail care the Disabled Children's Team.

A Request for Involvement can never be made without parental consent.
If a parent/carer has concerns about their child’s development they should discuss this with their child’s teacher/SENCo initially.

Provision For

Supporting people with
Mental health conditions
English as an additional language
Sensory Impairment
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Social Needs
Emotional Needs
Visual impairment
Children with Additional Needs
Behavioural
Learning and Communication
Mobility problems
Multi-sensory impairment
Medical
Physical impairment
Other long term conditions
Hearing impairment

Quality Assurance

DBS Check?
Yes
Quality Assurance

All Wokingham Educational Psychologists (EPs) have qualifications recognised by the Health and Care Professionals Council HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) , following post graduate training in educational psychology.  The HCPC ensures that Educational Psychologists continue to demonstrate their fitness to practice.

We aim to keep up to date and apply current knowledge, research, theories and skills in the field of educational psychology through continuous professional development and support for Trainee EPs on placement.

Compliments, complaints and comments

Contact Name
Elaine Munro
Position
Principal Educational Psychologist
How to make a compliment, complaint and comment

Children's Services complaints are dealt with in accordance with statutory regulations. See our Children's services complaints policy (PDF document) to find out more.

For further information contact our Complaints Team
Call: 0118 974 6620/6350
Email: customerservice@wokingham.gov.uk

Website
Children's services complaints

Local Offer - Support available for children and young people with additional needs

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Contact Name
Elaine Munro
Contact Telephone
0118 908 8011
Contact Email
csbat@wokingham.gov.uk
Data last checked: 04/03/2019
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