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.
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
The first point of contact is the head of the school or nursery, or for younger children via Health and Social Care Partnership.
The Educational Psychologist will arrange a consultation, if appropriate. This may be part of a 'Team Around the Child' meeting.
Educational Psychologists are part of North Ayrshire's staged intervention approach to the meeting of needs. This normally means involvement at a point after initial school action.
What happens next?
We'll agree recommendations and an action plan. Parents/carers will receive a copy.
Access to files
When the educational psychologist is involved, we create a file for notes, letters, or reports. Parents, or carers, can arrange to see the file by writing to the Principal Psychologist.
The service is subject to ongoing self improvement. We aim to improve the quality of provision, and outcomes for the learner, by providing support and challenge to the work of the service.
Suggestions or complaints
We value feedback and suggestions from our clients. Please speak to the psychologist involved, or contact the Principal Psychologist.