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Educational Psychology Service

Educational Psychologists (EP) support the rights of children and young people. We promote equal opportunities and are sensitive to the gender, ethnic, linguistic and cultural background of the child and family as well as to the emotional well-being and developmental levels of the child. The…

Educational Psychologists (EP) support the rights of children and young people. We promote equal opportunities and are sensitive to the gender, ethnic, linguistic and cultural background of the child and family as well as to the emotional well-being and developmental levels of the child.

The EPS is committed to valuing diversity and challenging racism. Through ongoing learning, proactive awareness raising, empathy and reflection we aim to be effective allies to people who experience discrimination or racism.

We have a responsibility for safeguarding and for all children who are vulnerable within education including children and young people the local authority cares for. The Educational Psychology Service promotes the well-being and learning of children and young people. We work with children, parents, teachers,  schools and settings  to improve outcomes for children and young people so that they make progress, enjoy their time in education and are prepared for adulthood.

All EPs are registered as practitioner psychologists with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and abide by the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS).

What we do:
Educational Psychologists are highly skilled professionals who help people to understand how they think, feel, learn and behave. We work with children and young people aged 0-25 in a range of settings, including nurseries, mainstream schools, special schools and colleges. Our work can be undertaken at the individual, class or whole-school level.

We work with children and young people who may be experiencing difficulties in their learning, behaviour, social interaction, communication, emotional well-being, physical or sensory skills. Our work includes:

  • Talking to children. We may ask them about their feelings, friendships and what they think is working well.
  • Assessing difficulties children may be having with their learning and wellbeing.
  • Working with young people, schools and families to identify clear and achievable outcomes to enable the child or young person to make progress.
  • Working in partnership with parents and schools in the best interests of the child.
  • Providing advice and training on how schools might help children to learn and develop.
  • Advising schools on teaching approaches and improvements that can be made to learning environments.
  • Supportting schools to set up/implement interventions. 
  • Provide support following critical incidents.

Educational psychologists keep up-to-date with best practice, national guidance and research relating to how children learn and make sure this informs local policy and practice.

Contact details:
The link Educational Psychologist (EP) for the school is the initial point of contact, please discuss your concerns with the school SENCO if you think your child or a young person needs to access the service.

The Educational Psychology Service Principal Educational Psychologist is Catherine Roderick tel no: 07825274103

There are 3 area teams (north, central and south):

Rachel Ingram, Senior Educational Psychologist South, Email: Tel No. 07584 151124

Deb Smit, Senior Educational Psychologist Central, Email:  Tel No: 07919 308745

Kathryn Davidson, Senior Educational Psychologist  North, Email:  Tel No: 07584 909498

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Who is this service for?
Many children and young people will experience difficulties at some point during their education and may benefit from help with certain skills; most of these children will have been identified as having Special Educational Needs. Where concern persists in these areas despite appropriate learning opportunities and intervention, Educational Psychologists (EPs) bring a psychological perspective to improve learning and well-being.

The Educational Psychology Service is available to Oxfordshire Schools on a traded basis. Parents who have concerns about their child’s progress should discuss this with the school SENCO in the first instance. 

Educational Psychologists also fulfil a statutory role for Oxfordshire County Council which includes:

  • Completing the psychological advice for an Education and Health Care assessments ( EHC)   for children and young people aged 0-25. 
  • Participating in annual reviews when a change of placement is being considered, if it is agreed this is appropriate.
  • Acting as the Education Monitoring Officer (EMO) for children and young people in out of county provision.
  • Participating in tribunal (SENDIST) work as required
  • Responding to critical incidents.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Catherine Roderick
Contact Position
Educational Psychology Service Manager

Where to go

Abbey House
Abbey Close
OX14 3JD

Time / Date Details

When is it on
The offices of the Educational Psychologists are accessible Monday to Friday throughout the year. 8.30am - 5.00pm
Time of day
Open all year

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
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Additional Information

Providing services to
0 - 4 years (pre-school)
4 - 11 years (primary school age)
11 - 16 years (secondary school age)
16 + years
Young people
Disabled children/young people


Working in Schools and Settings in response to Covid-19.

The safety, wellbeing and happiness of all children, young people and adults working in schools is everyone's concern when considering how we return to working in schools.  The EPS is returning to working in schools when it is considered essential to work directly with children or young people. ( e.g. to independently gather their views for a statutory assessment). Some workwill be completed virtually through video link. When visiting schools  EPs will comply with the EPS and school's risk assessment, maintaining social distancing and using face coverings when this is not possible. 

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Vision impairment
Challenging behaviour
Learning difficulty
Mental health conditions
Autistic Spectrum Condition
Communication impairment

Last checked on 08/04/2022

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