Cheshire East Educational Psychology Service

Description

What is an educational psychologist?
An educational psychologist provides guidance and support to schools on a range of issues including special educational needs. They work with parents, carers and practitioners to identify and support the special educational needs of individual children both at home and school.

How can an educational psychologist help my child?
Educational psychologists help children from nursery school through to the age of 19. They assess how best to help your child through observing and working with them at home and school. They will meet with you, with teachers and other professionals involved with your child.

The educational psychologist works closely with you and the staff at your child’s school to plan a programme of support for your child. This programme of support may include

  • visiting schools on a regular basis using a problem solving approach called ‘consultation’
  • special training for teachers and other staff/professionals
  • provide work and research to support teaching and learning
  • working with parents/carers to help minimise difficulties at home and at school
  • working with schools and organisations to provide guidance and support
  • working with other professionals (e.g. Social Care, Speech and Language therapy, Cheshire East Autism team)

How can I get help from an educational psychologist?
Usually the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at the school will contact an educational psychologist after deciding that your child might benefit from their help. The school would then contact you to ask for your permission to provide this specialist support and ask for your views on what you think will help your child.

If you think your child needs help but you have not been contacted by the school then you should speak to your child’s teacher or the SENCo at the school.

Educational Psychology Team
Drop-in Sessions 2014-15

Parents, carers and education professionals; do you have any questions or concerns about the well-being, behaviour, learning or development of your child or a child that you work with? (Parental consent required for staff)

‘Drop in’ and speak to an Educational Psychologist. We will be holding free 45 minutes sessions for parents/carers and educational professionals in Children’s Centres throughout 2014-15. Dates can be found on our web page (see below). Booking is recommended

Service Details

Organisation:
Cheshire East Council
Service Type:
Education
Website:
Age Range:
0 to 19
Cost:
No
Additional Referral Information:
Usually the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at the school will contact an educational psychologist after deciding that your child might benefit from their help. The school would then contact you to ask for your permission to provide this specialist support and ask for your views on what you think will help your child. The child's case will then be discussed at a Group Consultation meeting which may result in the Educational Psychologist visiting your child in school.
Waiting List:
There is no waiting list for our service. Due to demands on capacity we operated a 'Group Consultation' model whereby clusters of school SENCo's come together every half term to discuss cases, with parental permission. In group consultation, the EP (Educational Psychologist) meets with a group of SENCOs. Sometimes a class teacher or teaching assistant may be invited along with or instead of the SENCO. The EP meets with the person who raises the concern as this is the person who is: most concerned, most motivated to bring about change, and therefore in the best position to bring about change
Method for seeking service user/family views:
Parents views are always saught by whichever is the most user friendly avenue for the family
Specialist Communication used:
If needed
Communication - service users with English as an additional language:
Interpretation services
Communication - Translated material :
If needed
Communication - Large Print material:
If needed
Communication - materials in Braille:
If needed
Method of Service Access:
  • Email
  • Face to Face
  • Post
  • Telephone
  • Texting
  • Website
Method of Service Delivery:
  • Telephone
  • Post
  • Email
  • Face to face
  • Outreach Services
Additional Method(s) of Service Access:
Through drop-in sessions and via schools
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
All Areas of Cheshire East

Opening Times

Monday:
9:00 - 17:00
Tuesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Wednesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Thursday:
9:00 - 17:00
Friday:
9:00 - 17:00
Saturday:
CLOSED
Sunday:
CLOSED
Additional Opening Times:

This page was last updated on 13 March 2017

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This page was last updated on 13 March 2017

Contact Details

Contact Name:
Nicola West
Telephone:
01625374794
Email:
educational.psychologists@cheshireeast.gov.uk