Gloucestershire Educational Psychology Service

Who are we?

We are Educational Psychologists (EPs) registered with the HCPC who work for Gloucestershire County Council. Our main purpose is to reduce barriers for children and young people accessing their learning and helping improve psychological and educational outcomes for children and young people.

What do we do?

Our knowledge of psychology, child development and social interaction helps us to work with parents/carers, schools and other professionals to promote young people’s learning and development. We work within multidisciplinary teams providing consultation to education settings, early help and social care colleagues as well as collaborating with colleagues in the health sector.

We work with educational settings, schools, children and families in a variety of ways in order to ensure children’s psychological and learning needs are met. These include:

  • consulting with families, teachers and other professionals
  • helping to plan and review agreed actions
  • working therapeutically with children and young people
  • assessment of children and young people’s learning, social and emotional needs
  • training activities with school staff and parents
  • contributing to statutory assessment (SEN Code of Practice, 2015)
  • contributing to the development and review of school policies
  • research and project work

We have several areas of expertise with regard to emotional wellbeing and mental health and are involved in delivering training and projects in a wide range of topics including:

  • Wellbeing in Education, Return/Recovery,
  • Timpson Attachment and Trauma Awareness in Schools programme
  • ELSA – Emotional literacy support assistant,
  • Nurture groups,
  • Emotion coaching,
  • Attachment,
  • Self-harm,
  • Anxiety,
  • Anxiety and neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Restorative approaches,
  • We are also involved with supporting those involved with critical incidents – providing information and advice for children, young people, parents/carers and teachers if a sudden or upsetting event has occurred