Educational Psychology Service

Educational Psychologists apply their training and knowledge of children’s development, learning and behaviour, which includes social and emotional wellbeing, in the work they do with organisations, teachers, parents and carers.

Educational Psychologists promote lifelong development, emotional wellbeing and satisfying lives for children, young people, and their families. The service adheres to established ethical guidelines that focus on the needs of vulnerable children and young people. Our Code of Ethics and Conducts for Psychologists (PDF, 145KB) (British Psychological Society) specifies work at the following levels:

  •  individuals (0-25 years old) and groups of children, young people and their parents or carers, involving family structures and processes;
  • educational establishments, including schools, colleges, children's centres and local children's workforce - adults who care for and educate children and young people, recognising the influence of school ethos, curricula and culture;
  • Local Authority officers, promoting the use of psychological models in cultural and community context.

At each level of work activities of all Registered Educational Psychologists as described in the new Health and Care Professions Council (PDF, 179KB), include:

  • Consultation and advice, to respect the rights, dignity, values and autonomy of people we work with;
  • Psychological assessments, using a range of methods to inform interventions;
  • Psychological interventions, to promote psychological wellbeing, social, emotional and behavioural development and to raise educational standards;
  • Delivery of Professional Development and Training, to be able to support the learning of others in the application of psychological skills, knowledge, practices and procedures;
  • Research and Evaluation, to conduct, evaluate and disseminate research activities (both local and national).

In Milton Keynes, the work of the Educational Psychology Service has two elements:

Core work:

  • Statutory work as part of the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process
  • A small amount of complex case work where a psychological perspective is requested by SEND
  • Contribution to strategic preventative work, such as developing guidelines for schools
  • Critical incident support for schools and settings
  • Contribution to specific panels and working groups
  • Attendance at Locality meetings

Commissioned Service:

Schools can buy in blocks of time from an Educational Psychologist. The time can then be used for the following types of work, depending on the individual needs of the schools, families and children involved:

  • Case consultations
  • Staff consultation/problem solving sessions
  • Staff or parent drop in sessions
  • Assessment work (including observation, information gathering, and informal and standardised assessment tools)
  • Interventions - for individuals or groups
  • Project work
  • Attendance at non-statutory meetings
  • Whole school development support (including advice on policies, supervision, research and evaluation)
  • Training

Last Updated: 10 August 2020