Coronavirus Team Update
Educational Psychology Service - Telephone Parent Advice Line
If you would like support and advice, we are offering an opportunity for you to talk about your child/children with an educational psychologist for up to 30 minutes by phone on Wednesdays between 1pm and 3pm during term time.
Please call to book an appointment 020 8820 7519
If we cannot answer the phone do leave a message and the service will get back to you.
We are continuing other work and training.Schools and other services can make contact to discuss how we can work with them during the crisis.
Who are we?
Educational Psychologists also called EPs or Ed Psychs have professional qualifications in psychology and educational psychology. Educational Psychologists focus on how children and young people develop, learn and behave.
What do we do?
Educational Psychologists work collaboratively with staff in education settings, parents, children and young people.
- EPs work with them to help children and young people who are having difficulties receive the right sort of help.
- Each of the maintained schools and colleges in Hackney has an allocated EP who visits regularly to work with staff.
- Many of Hackney’s maintained schools and colleges also buy in additional EP time. Agreeing how to use this time is used is often agreed during termly multi-agency planning meetings.
How do we work in schools?
If a child or young person is having difficulty at school or college, staff will try to help them with interventions for pupils at SEN Support level .
If despite getting help, the pupil does not make progress and parents have given their permission, the setting can ask an educational psychologist to suggest ways of helping.
The educational psychologist (EP) may then:
- work with key members of staff in the school or setting
- observe a child or young person
- work with a child or young person individually
They may also contact other professionals who know the child or young person well.
How do we work with parents?
EP Service will always involve parent and carers sharing ideas and planning programmes that will support their children.
They may suggest:
- ways parents can help their child at home
- ways the child or young person's teachers or key worker can help
- a referral to another agency for further advice
- recommend extra support using a particular intervention
The views and wishes of the child or young person will be a focus for any planning.
The service also offer Educational Psychology Parent Advice Sessions independently of it's work in schools.
The sessions are open to all children young people and their families living in Hackney. This includes:
- very young children not yet in school
- children and young people who are out of school
- children and young people who live in Hackney and attend settings in other boroughs
Please call the service to book a session.
Record Last Updated on: 27/01/2021