Support services we provide

The Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service is a team of educational psychologists all extensively trained in child and adolescent development, research. assessment, interventions and learning.

What we offer

  • A well established and highly experienced service.
  • A range of specialist and innovative areas in educational psychology.
  • We promote positive child development and learning through the application of psychology.
  • We have direct links to services in Education, Health and Social Care across Northamptonshire which means that you benefit from an effective and co-ordinated approach.
  • Our commitment to the training of educational psychologists ensures that we are in touch with the current research and latest ideas that support evidenced based practice.
  • All our educational psychologists are registered with the Health and Professionals Care Council and receive supervision and continuous professional development within the service. The service strives for continuous improvement through evaluation and quality standards.
  • We work with early years settings, schools, parents and carers and children and young people themselves to help to overcome barriers to successful learning and well-being. In education settings, our educational psychologists can work with individuals, groups, senior managers and across the whole school.

When you have commissioned the service, we will always negotiate the work with you and agree how best to respond to your needs. We will seek to support, complement and extend the knowledge and skills of your staff. We can respond flexibly and at different levels.

 

Our educational psychologist is always understanding and supportive of students' needs, school and parents and shows the utmost professionalism at all times.

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How the educational psychology service can help your school

A consultation approach helps those involved to work collaboratively to develop solutions. It involves bringing together those most concerned to explore, problem solve and plan ways forward. A consultation meeting provides the framework for possible assessment and intervention planning.

Consultation is a collaborative process where the contribution of each participant has equal value. It is a process that is intended to help teachers be successful in managing their concerns and achieving jointly agreed outcomes that are practical and achievable in their context. Consultation can apply at different levels of working and be used to develop solutions for school based issues, class, group or individual issues for staff and students.

What are the essentials of a consultation approach?

  • All taking part understand what consultation involves
  • An appropriate time and place is allocated for the consultation
  • All participants views are valued
  • Achievable outcomes or ‘hopes’ are established at the beginning
  • The focus is on shared problem solving
  • Follow up is arranged to evaluate outcomes and plan further actions
  • Students views are sought and central to discussion
  • Parent and carer participation is promoted

Ideally consultation is the starting point for assessment work so this has a clear purpose and is based on information that those who know the child best have shared. We offer a range of psychological assessment, from observation, to specialised and focused / diagnostic assessments of general or specific skills. We use psychological techniques and therapeutic approaches to elicit information about the child’s perceptions and their social, emotional and mental health.

We make sure that our assessment data is presented clearly, and we combine it with the views of the child, parents and teachers to give a psychological formulation of a child's current situation. Your psychologist will help you to link this formulation to practical and effective intervention.

Working with your psychologist through consultation and assessment will identify interventions. These may be particular programmes, teaching approaches, changes to the environment or signposting to other services or resources. Your educational psychologist can provide individual, group and class-based interventions that use evidenced-based psychological approaches and techniques or model and support school staff to provide these (dependent on training).

Individual and group level interventions

Below are some examples of the areas that interventions may be targeted towards:

  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Learning difficulties and style
  • Social awareness and skills
  •  Emotional well-being
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Attention and concentration
  • Memory
  • Sensory needs
  • Motor development
  • Therapeutic work
  • Curriculum access

This may be at the individual child level, with groups of children or staff, or at the whole school level. Interventions may be discussed with the child and parent / carer as well as school as part of the plan.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) group interventions:
Friends for Life

Provided by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service, 'Friends for Life' is a 10 session programme designed to prevent and provide early intervention for anxiety and depression.
The activities are presented in a friendly, engaging manner and develop core emotional literacy skills through fun activities which are appealing to the age group for which the materials are designed, with different programmes for primary and secondary school pupils.

Zippy's Friends
For those in Key Stage 1, the group intervention 'Zippy's Friends' offers similar support, providing straightforward materials and lesson plans to cover 24 weekly whole class sessions. There are six modules covering a range of topics:

  • Feelings
  • Communication
  • Making and breaking relationships
  • Conflict resolution
  • Dealing with loss and change
  • We cope

You can download Zippy's Friends below

Whole school interventions

Targeted mental health in schools (TaMHS)

Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) is an example of a whole school intervention:

A suite of interventions, training and development support that promotes mental health and psychological well-being.  TaMHS responses can be delivered to the individual child or young person, and individual adult who works with a young person, right through to groups and whole-school interventions.

Schools can commission bespoke training or development work directly from the Educational Psychology Service (as part of their SLA) or attend centrally organised training.

View our training page for courses available.

​​We require an information and consent form to work with individual children or young people. Where concerns are raised about a child, evidence of informed parental consent must be provided before we can become involved

 

Our educational psychologist provides specific and helpful advice with regards to understanding the provision that a child needs in order to make progress. She draws upon her knowledge and experience to inform her decision making. She is honest, supportive and reassuring towards us.

How to access the service

Find out how to access the Educational Psychology Service.

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