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Educational Psychology Service

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What do we offer?

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) applies psychological theory and research to promote the learning, development and emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families. The service works with individual and groups of children and young people, schools and other professionals to help support early identification of any needs or emerging issues. The EPS is able to make a distinctive contribution in supporting schools and settings to provide a graduated response through a cycle of ‘plan, do, review’, which helps to understand needs and the support required to increase positive outcomes.
The EPS provides a range of traded services to promote the development and well-being of children and young people aged 0-25 through:

• Consultation to support a process of collaborative problem solving and action planning based on the formulation of psychological hypotheses.
• Individual assessment, advice and review when there are concerns around, for example, risk of placement break down, school refusal and attendance concerns, a key point of transition with significant vulnerability anticipated, or poor progress across the curriculum.
• Interventions for individual or groups of children and young people based on therapeutic approaches.
• Coaching and supervision for individual or groups of staff in schools and settings.
• Strategic work to support areas of school improvement and schools in challenging circumstances.
• Training to individual and clusters of schools covering a variety of topics such as attachment, emotion coaching, and working memory.
• Parenting groups and workshops e.g., parent/carer drop-in sessions and focused workshops covering relevant topics such as building resilience and preparing for transitions.
• Further assessment and support for a child or young person with an Education Health and Care Plan which may include, for example, attendance at annual reviews.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training and supervision
Following the success of a local area pilot where ELSA training and supervision was delivered across all schools, the EPS will be continuing to offer this programme as a traded service. The ELSA programme is an approach for teaching assistants (TAs) to deliver individual or group interventions to children and young people who are experiencing social, emotional and mental health difficulties; suitable for primary, secondary and special schools.

The ELSA training comprises of 6 days of interactive group teaching (1 day per week spread over 6 weeks). Following the training, TAs will become accredited as ELSAs. 

In order for a TA to maintain their accreditation as an ELSA, they must also participate in regular group supervision (4 sessions annually) which the EPS provides. Supervision provides ELSAs with essential support, as well as opportunities to get new ideas and develop their skills.

Additionally we are offering Top Up Training sessions for ELSAs who are already qualified. These are 2 hour interactive sessions providing further professional development for qualified ELSAs. Specific topics related to supporting children and young people with SEMH needs will be covered in these sessions such as: understanding trauma, school refusal, anxiety and working with parents.

For further information about ELSA training and supervision please go to:

Why choose us?   

The EPS is evaluated biannually and is highly valued by Swindon schools and settings. Educational Psychologists (EPs) are psychology graduates and undertake post–graduate/doctoral training in Educational Psychology. All EPs are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. 

EPs have a wide knowledge and range of skills relevant to supporting learning and development; improving outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disability. EPs engage in regular CPD and keep up-to-date with psychological research and evidence informed interventions, to inform practice.

EPs are also skilled in supporting the development of other professionals working with children and young people, as well as using research and systemic methods to impact on positive organisational change.

What is provided free?   

All schools will receive a statutory service from the EPS. This includes providing psychological advice for Education, Health and Care needs assessments and providing support where required to help the local authority meet its statutory obligations.

What is chargeable?

Schools can purchase time for assessment, consultation, intervention, training and systemic organisational work including research.

How the service can be provided/length of agreement

This service will be delivered from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.

Schools are requested to commit to purchasing a number of days to be delivered during the academic year.


Contact Point

Alexa Denham, Principal Educational Psychologist
Telephone:   01793 463075