Educational psychology

Educational psychologists aim to support children, from birth to young adulthood, to realise their fullest potential. They work with staff, pupils, parents and other professionals to help identify wellbeing and additional support needs. They develop approaches to meet these needs, so children feel; safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.

Core functions are assessment, consultation, intervention and research and training and development, with focus on high quality capacity building.  

Educational psychologists

All our schools and early years’ centres have a designated educational psychologist. Where there are concerns for a young person, the psychologist may:

  • consult with young people, parents and teachers about learning and wellbeing
  • gather information, sometimes by observing in the classroom or nursery
  • identify strengths and areas where help is required
  • link with parents and other professions to ensure collaboration
  • advise schools, parents and others about support needs

Raise a concern about behaviour or learning

Initial contact should be made through the head of the school or nursery, or for very young children via Health and Social Care Partnership staff. If appropriate, a consultation will be arranged with the educational psychologist. This may be part of a Joint Support Team meeting if the child is of secondary school age. Educational Psychologists are part of North Ayrshire's staged intervention approach to the meeting of needs, this means we will normally get involved at a certain point, after initial school action.

Pre-School Community Assessment Team (PreSCAT)

PreSCAT provides a co-ordinated service to children with additional support needs and their families. Needs arise from a range of difficulties including:

  • delayed development
  • language and communication difficulties
  • visual and hearing impairments
  • physical difficulties

What happens next?

Recommendations and an action plan for the child will be agreed. Parents/carers will receive a copy.

Access to files

When the educational psychologist is involved with a child, a file is created to keep copies of notes and any letters or reports. Parents, or carers, can arrange to see the file by writing to the principal psychologist at the Irvine office.

Quality assurance

The service is subject to the validated self evaluation process, involving Education Scotland. This is a collaborative process that aims to improve the quality of provision, and outcomes for the learner, by providing support and challenge to the work of the service.

Improvement Plans

Improvement plan priorities for 2015 to 2018 are to:

  1. Ensure inclusion and equality in order to improve outcomes for all children and young people
  2. Support the implementation of the Children and Young Person's Act (2014), Additional Support for Learning Act (2010) and Curriculum for Excellence, in order to deliver high quality learning and teaching and raise attainment, aspirations and achievement, leading to more positive post school destinations
  3. Work in partnership with other agencies to promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  4. Connect with adults, working directly with children and young people, to promote positive relationships, focusing on 'Looked After and Accommodated' and the most vulnerable in our society
  5. Focus service activities into the most effective and efficient interventions, through self evaluation and performance improvement.

Suggestions or complaints

We value feedback and suggestions from our clients. To comment on the service you have received you can speak directly to the psychologist involved, or contact the principal psychologist.

Contact Educational Psychology



01294 324500