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Educational Psychology Service

What’s important to us?The Educational Psychology Service promotes the well-being and learning of children and young people. We work with children, parents, teachers and schools to improve outcomes for children so that they make progress and enjoy their time at school. Educational Psychologists (EP) support the…

What’s important to us?
The Educational Psychology Service promotes the well-being and learning of children and young people. We work with children, parents, teachers and schools to improve outcomes for children so that they make progress and enjoy their time at school.

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. We have a responsibility for safeguarding and for all children who are vulnerable within education including those in the Looked After system.

All EPs are registered as practioner 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. 
  • 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.

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 catherine.roderick@oxfordshire.gov.uk tel no: 01865323542

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

Rachel Ingram, Senior Educational Psychologist South, Email: rachel.ingram@oxfordshire.gov.uk Tel No. 01865323532

Deb Smit, Senior Educational Psychologist Central, Email : deborah.smit@oxfordshire.gov.uk  Tel No: 01865 323383

Kathryn Davidson, Senior Educational Psychologist  North, Email :  kathryn.davidson@oxfordshire.gov.uk  Tel No: 01865 895391

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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
Telephone
01865 323542
E-mail
catherine.roderick@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Where to go

Address
Abbey House
Abbey Close
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
Postcode
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
Morning
Afternoon
Open all year

Other Details

Costs

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
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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
Children
Young people
Disabled children/young people

Notes

 

 

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

Last checked on 18/01/2019

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