Educational Psychology

As Educational Psychologists we work with difficulties experienced by children and young people in education. These can include learning and developmental difficulties as well as social or emotional problems.  We work in a variety of ways to enhance children's learning and help educational staff to develop a greater awareness of social and psychological factors which can affect teaching and learning.  

We work closely with other professionals in education, health and social services and often form part of a multi-disciplinary mental health team.   

The work of an Educational Psychologist can either be directly with a child or indirectly working with teachers, parents and other professionals. We value close working between agencies.

Assessment of a young person's difficulties may include:

  • Talking with the child/young person.
  • Observing the child/young person in an educational setting.
  • Talking with parents/carers.
  • Administering formal assessment schedules/ test materials.
  • Discussion with educational staff and other key professionals.

Interventions may include: 

  • Providing recommendations to parents, teaching staff or other professionals
  • Supporting teachers with learning programmes
  • Talking with the child/ young person.

Learning  and educational achievement are influenced by emotional state and can be significantly impacted by mental health problems. Inversely, learning difficulties and problems encountered within school can be a factor causing significant emotional or mental health issues in children and young people. We often work closely with mental health professionals in exploring this complex relationship.

Within our work we share our expertise through providing teaching and training for professionals who work within education or other agencies.