Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service supports children and young people particularly those with special educational needs by supporting their learning, development and emotional wellbeing.

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Who are we?

The EA Educational Psychology Service supports children and young people particularly those with special educational needs by supporting their learning, development and emotional wellbeing.

Educational Psychologists train in Educational and Child Psychology. Educational Psychologists also have training in child development, teaching and learning specifically for children with special educational needs.Psychology

Assistants work alongside Education Psychologists contributing to assessments and interventions for children and young people.

What do we do?

The Education Psychology Service offers a range of supports to families and schools, to help children and young people, particularly those with special educational needs, by identifying their strengths and addressing barriers to learning. We use a range of skills to meet the needs of individuals, groups and organisations. Educational psychologists work in nurseries, primary schools and post primary schools as well as Special Schools and Specialist classes/units. We also work with pre-school children including those in playgroups. The Educational Psychology Service work in accordance with the Code of Practice (Code of Practice for the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs).

Educational psychologists’ work includes:

  • Providing consultations and advice to schools;
  • Working with others including health professionals to identify and understand children’s needs ensuring they can reach their full potential;
  • Assisting parents/carers and schools to make informed choices in meeting children and young people’s needs;
  • Carrying out assessments using a range of methods;
  • Delivering a range of interventions to promote well-being, social, emotional and behavioural development and to improve learning outcomes;
  • Providing training and development work for schools staff and others; and
  • Carrying out research and evaluations to help share best practice.

How do we provide support?

The Education Psychology Service provides support at the individual/family level, to schools and other educational settings and at EA and DE level.

Who do we work with?

The Education Psychology Service works with a range of other support services within EA and with external agencies. We work in partnership with individuals and groups of children, teachers, teaching assistants, parents or carers and others in schools and early year’s settings. We believe that it is important to have close working relationships to help improve outcomes for children and young people.

What other areas do we support?

The Education Psychology Service supports Looked After Children, Early Years,  newcomer children, special schools/ specialist settings, bereavement and critical incidents.

How do we become involved with a child/young person?

If your child’s teacher and the school Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) have significant concerns about your child’s progress, they may discuss their concerns with an Educational Psychologist and if appropriate will agree our involvement. They will always ask for your views and consent.

What schools say about us?

Based on questionnaire data from schools, 2020/2021.

Quotes from school staff:

“I value their input. I value the advice that they offer and the sign posting that they can offer.”

“The invaluable support, specialist knowledge and expertise the Ed Psychs have. The enthusiasm they have for trying to do their best for each child. The respect they have for teacher knowledge and opinion.”

“I am very fortunate to have built up a good trusting relationship with my Educational Psychologist over the years. I value her opinion, and she clearly respects mine. We work well together for the good of the children.”

I have concerns about my child. What do I do?

Any concerns about your child’s learning or progress at school should be discussed with your child’s teacher or the school’s Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). They will be able to address many of your concerns. The SENCo will, if appropriate contact the Educational Psychology Service to begin a discussion about your child’s needs.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like further information about the EA Education Psychology Service, please discuss this with your child’s school.

Or any parent or school can contact the service if they have a general enquiry or if they wish they wish to discuss their child’s referral from the Educational Psychology Service.

Contacts details for the local offices are listed below.

Office Location Contact Details

Ballymena Psychology Office 

028 2566 1284
Psychology.Ballymena@eani.org.uk

Belfast Psychology Office

028 9056 4254
Psychology.Belfast@eani.org.uk  

Coleraine Psychology Office

028 7032 8462
Psychology.Coleraine@eani.org.uk

Derry/Londonderry Psychology Office

028 7186 4780
Psychology.Maydown@eani.org.uk

Dundonald Psychology Office

028 9056 6914
Psychology.Dundonald@eani.org.uk

Dungannon Psychology Office

028 8241 1592
Psychology.Dungannon@eani.org.uk

Enniskillen Psychology Office

028 6634 3900
Psychology.Enniskillen@eani.org.uk

Newry Psychology Office

028 3026 6443
Psychology.Newry@eani.org.uk

Omagh Psychology Office

028 8241 1394
Psychology.Omagh@eani.org.uk

Portadown Psychology Office

028 3835 1480
Psychology.Portadown@eani.org.uk

Last updated: 08/02/2022