What does an Educational Psychologist do?

Educational psychologists work to improve the learning and wellbeing of all children

We work to support children and young people who experience a wide range of additional support needs (ASNs). For example, children and young people who may:

    • Find communicating difficult e.g. have trouble expressing themselves or find playing with others tricky
    • Find an area or areas of learning difficult e.g. are having trouble learning to read or remember things
    • Might be feeling low, worried, angry or want to hurt themselves
    • Have a disability or sensory impairment
    • Have been in the care of the Local Authority at any point

As well as working to support children with ASNs, EPs work in a wide range of different ways, in collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals to benefit all children and young people.

Some examples of this type of working include:

    • Facilitating solution-focused discussions with groups of establishments to support children and young people with ASNs (Locality Inclusion Support Networks)
    • Training small groups of staff or whole establishments
    • Running parent groups
    • Supporting establishments to do action research e.g. finding out whether something has worked or not
    • Supporting establishments with organisational change
    • Working to identify and reduce inequalities for children and young people
    • Being involved in and advising local authority groups considering ASNs
    • Working across the local authority to develop systems to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
    • Project work in establishments such as promoting nurturing approaches or developing inclusive communication environments.

This is just a small sample of the work that EPs do. Please explore our website to see some of the other whole service interventions we are involved in.

[Credit: O’Hare, D.P. (2021, October 22). Educational psychology. edpsy. https://edpsy.org.uk/about/educational-psychology/  – Some words have been changed to reflect the specific context of Scottish Educational Psychology Services]

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