The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides consultation, assessment and advice to schools, early years settings and other providers, for children and young people with complex educational needs.
We aim to improve learning outcomes for children and young people by the application of psychology. Much of the work is with children aged 0-11 years but it can be with young people up to 25 years old. Educational Psychologists work with parents/carers, teachers and other professionals who bring their concerns about a child or young person to EPS's attention.
The EPS works collaboratively with other agencies and services, for example the Children Missing Education Service (CMES), Statutory Special Educational Needs Service (SSEN), Hospital Education Reintegration Service (HERS), Early Years team and Social Care. We support vulnerable children and young people with complex needs and challenges to optimise their development and learning and get the most out of life. The EPS is a preventative service as well as being responsible for statutory assessment of children with special educational needs.
The work includes:
- working with schools, early years settings and other providers to assess children's needs for support to fully access the curriculum
- supporting the development of new special educational needs and disability reforms and the move to education, health and social care plans
- working with schools in more challenging areas where children and families suffer greater disadvantage and provide them with appropriate support, training and strategies
- increasing the capacity of schools and early years settings to idenitfy and remove barriers to learning by providing advice which is distinctive, reflective and evidence based and strategies for supporting change where needed
- offering professional development for all staff in schools and early years settings on a traded basis
- working in partnership with parents, carers, schools, early years settings and other agencies to improve outcomes for children.
To contact us, call 01225 394901, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at Bath and North East Somerset Council, Educational Psychology Service, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG.