The role of an educational psychologist

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Educational psychologists

An educational psychologist (EP) is a trained applied psychologist who has a psychology degree and a post graduate professional training in Educational Psychology at Masters or Doctorate level. They use their knowledge of psychology to promote the educational achievement and improve the life chances of children and young people.

EPs work at different levels to help make a difference. This includes applying psychology with:

When educational psychologists become involved with a child or young person

Children, young people and their families are eligible for support from an Enfield EP when any one of the following apply:

Educational settings can usually meet the needs of most children or young people, but if parents or carers are concerned about their child’s learning, wellbeing or mental health, they usually speak to the setting first. Educational settings are there to listen to the concerns of parents and carers and may set up a Learning Support Plan or an Individual Education Plan together with you. The plan will include areas to improve on, possible outcomes and support that will help in school and at home. You will meet with the school to review the plan and progress your child is making. During this process, the school or educational setting may want to involve the EP for further thinking and support. Schools purchase this service and prioritise in line with the needs of children in their school.

Enfield EPS also has a telephone support line for any parent or carer of a child living in Enfield or attending a school in Enfield. This is a confidential space for parents and carers to talk through any concerns they have about their child’s wellbeing, learning or behaviour. Signposting information is also provided.

The work of an educational psychologist

Regarding work relating to individual children or young people, EPs work with the adults who know the child or young person well to understand their strengths and areas of need. They can also carry out psychological work with the child or young person. By working together, the EP will help plan the next steps to support a child’s emotional wellbeing and learning.

EPs can carry out a range of work including:

How parents or carers are involved

An EP will always gain written consent from parents or carers, and from young people over the age of 16 years, before becoming involved.

EPs are committed to involving parents and carers and children and young people in all decision making. EPs work collaboratively as it is recognised that parents and carers and education staff know the child or young person best.

A written summary/report is provided when any direct work is carried out by the EP. If EPs are joining a school review meeting, the school will usually provide the written record or the updated Individual Education Plan or Learning Support Plan.

How to contact the team

You can contact the team on 020 8379 2000 or email,

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