Educational Psychology Service (EPS)

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Applying psychology to enhance the wellbeing and development of children and young people aged 0-25

St Helens Educational Psychology Service (EPS) strives to provide a high quality and responsive service, applying psychology in a range of settings at the systemic, group and individual level to improve outcomes for the children and young people of St Helens. The EPS comprises a team of dedicated, highly trained and skilled professional psychologists who are committed to professional development, ensuring that the service is of the highest quality. St Helens EPS offers support to school practitioners and parents/carers in relation to the effective learning and development of children and young people (aged 0 – 25 years and undergoing education/training). We employ a wide range of skills including consultation, observation, assessment, undertaking research and developing/implementing interventions and training programs.

The service has developed strong links, and works in partnership, with other Education, Health and Social Care professionals, which ensures knowledge and experience of local authority services, systems, policies, pathways and protocols. Team members frequently liaise closely with other local authority departments, including St Helens Additional Needs Service. All Educational Psychologists adhere to the ethical and professional standards as outlined by the BPS (British Psychological Society) and HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). 


Benefits include:

  • We are an accessible; responsive and reliable service that provides support when necessary to school staff (e.g., SENCos); parents/carers and Local Authority colleagues and partners from Health and Social Care Good working/supportive relationships with fellow St Helens Local Authority colleagues, allowing opportunities for meaningful multi agency working. Opportunities for school staff to develop relationships with link EPs over time with flexibly of service delivery

  • Awareness of the St Helens Graduated Approach and ability to support schools to work through this process in meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in St Helens Local Authority. This would result in working as part of a assess plan do review cycle of service delivery.

  • Termly opportunities for whole school review, planning and prioritisation via the termly multi agency planning and consultation meeting

  • Ability to offer bespoke support according to service users’ needs. This may involve tailored recommendations; strategies; interventions; supporting CPD priorities linked to school development plans; individual and group problem solving (Peer Group Support); bespoke training packages; project work; or providing advice regarding local authority processes and signposting as required.

  • We strive to support educational settings to achieve improved outcomes for children and young people across the borough of St Helens through the application of psychological theories and evidence based practice.

Other benefits include:

  • Supporting the early identification of special educational needs and disability
  • Ability to work in a time efficient and cost effective way, ensuring that service users receive the highest level of support possible
  • EPs are able to support systems, policies, plans and projects and involve the application of research skills.
  • The overall aim would be to support schools, settings and organisations in developing initiatives and systems that embrace diversity and reduce barriers to participation, learning and achievement

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