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 a consultation service to Buckinghamshire Maintained schools, academies and specialist settings, for example, 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.
Usually, 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. Due to low staff numbers the Service is unable, at present, to provide Link EP support directly to education settings. It is hoped that Link EP support to settings can be provided in the near future. The EP’s provide consultation, assessment and intervention advice as well as targeted therapeutic intervention and specialist services. We will continue to 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.
Last updated: 21 February 2017