Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
Who are we?
We are a highly qualified team of educational psychologists who use our knowledge of psychology, child development and social interaction to promote the development, learning and well being of young people aged between 0-25 years. Our parents leaflet has more information about the service we offer.
How to access EP services
EP services are most often accessed through the school or educational setting that a young person attends. All educational settings in Gloucestershire have a named EP who can be contacted through their local office. If you would like EP involvement, please download, complete and return our Request for Educational Psychology Service Involvement form.
Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service operates as a partially traded service. All statutory work for the Local Authority is part of the core service delivery offer which also includes support for Critical incidents and a consultation service for pre-school children. All other work is purchased through an annual subscription. Annual Subscriptions for Educational Psychology Service involvement can be purchased through Business Support Service or by contacting Sharon Vidal.
All staff working for Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service who have contact with children have had the appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. All Educational Psychologists are members of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
What we do
We work in a variety of ways to promote the learning, development and well being of children and young people:
- consulting with children, young people, families and teachers
- working together to develop strategies to facilitate positive change
- carrying out assessment of children and young people's learning, social and emotional needs
- working therapeutically with children, young people and families
- offering a broad range of training in evidence-based and accredited approaches
- supporting schools' inclusive practice through organisational development work
- undertaking high quality research, evaluation and project work
- providing psychological advice as part of an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment
We run a programme of courses and workshops throughout the school year.
We are keen to hear from qualified educational psychologists who would like to be included on our register of Associates.
Guidance for school staff, parents and pupils on how to support a child or young person who has experienced a traumatic event.
More about us
We work with educational settings, health and social care partners and other organisations as part of Gloucestershire's graduated SEND pathway.
We have close links with local University training providers offering research work and training in a variety of evidence-based approaches.
The service has four locally based area teams (Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Stroud) which work closely with the Advisory Teaching Service. The service provides training placements for up to 8 doctoral trainees (Year 2 and 3).