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*Buckinghamshire EPS is now recruiting. Please click here and enter ‘psychology’ as a keyword, to view the vacancies.
Educational Psychologists (EPs) undertake a range of work aimed at promoting inclusion, psychological well-being and raising standards for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years, across the full range of abilities. The Buckinghamshire County Council Educational Psychology Service (EPS) includes qualified EPs registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, trainee EPs on supervised placements, graduate Psychology Assistants and a management and leadership team.
We offer open access to consultation for all Buckinghamshire children and young people aged 0–19, for their parents/carers, educators or other professionals/agencies involved where learning and/or development is giving significant cause for concern despite early intervention. Parental consent is essential for our involvement. Agreement for involvement with children and young people is based on EPs’ professional judgment and consideration of agreed thresholds. Priorities.are related to Buckinghamshire's Children and Young People’s Plan and Children’s Service Portfolio Plan objectives and targets.
All maintained schools, academies and specialist provision in Buckinghamshire have a named linked Educational Psychologist, who under take high priority, core and statutory work, at no charge to the school. The EP’s provide consultation, assessment and intervention advice as well as targeted therapeutic intervention and specialist services. We respond immediately to requests for support following critical incidents affecting children or schools.
We have a statutory role in relation to SEND. We provide professional advice to the local authority under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to assessment of SEN, Annual Reviews and Tribunal appeals and contribute to decision-making panels. We also take the role of SEN Expert in Independent Review Panels for excluded pupils. We contribute to and advise the authority about research and evidence-based interventions and strategies.
Schools and settings may also purchase additional EPS time from the EPS Traded Service. The Traded Service allows schools and settings to purchase EPS involvement as required and to cover a greater variety of work e.g. pupils that would not meet EPS / LA threshold for involvement, teacher training / CPD, whole class / year group involvement. Purchasing from the EPS Traded Service does not affect the schools access to their Link EP.
- The next Pyramid Club Training is on the 24th November and 3rd December at Beaconsfield High School. The cost is £200 per person, and covers both days. If you are interested in attending please email email@example.com. Pyramid Clubs are targeted after school clubs which run for ten weeks for 1.5 hours per week. They are a social emotional intervention that can be implemented in primary or secondary schools. They aim to provide an opportunity to engage with quieter, shy and more withdrawn children who may have poorly developed social skills and tend to be easily overlooked. The Clubs build the child’s self-esteem, resilience and self-awareness. They help to develop peer relationships, improve attendance and enhance social and emotional competence and wellbeing. In order to run a Pyramid Club schools will need 2 members of staff to have attended training.
- The nextNurture Network Day and Training will held on the 17th November at Green Park Conference Centre, Aston Clinton, HP22 5NE. This is free to those Buckinghamshire Schools who have signed up to the Nurture Programme. Out of county and other schools / organisations may attend for a small fee of £50. Further information can be found here or email firstname.lastname@example.org