Darlington Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is part of Darlington Borough Council. We are a traded service which means that schools can purchase our time depending on the needs of their pupils, staff and families. The service is also asked by the Local Authority’s (LA) Special Educational Needs (SEN) department to become involved when children are undergoing an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment.

Educational Psychologists (EPs) work with children and young people aged up to twenty five years and with their teachers, parents/ carers and other professionals. Much of our work is focused on exploring solutions to problems that occur in education settings. Typically, such problems involve children/young people experiencing issues with learning, communication, emotional wellbeing, and behaviour. Sometimes EPs work with children and young people, whilst other times we work only with the adults in their lives. EPs also work closely with other services like Speech and Language Therapy and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

Darlington EPS is primarily concerned with facilitating change and improving the lives of children, young people and their families in education settings across the LA. To do this, we engage in a range of activities, which often include the following:

  • Talking to the child/ young person about their feelings about themselves and the situation.
  • Consulting with important adults in the child/ young person’s life.
  • Observing the child/ young person at home or in school to help understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • Completing assessments of the child/ young person’s learning and development.
  • Working with school staff, parents/ carers and children/ young people to generate ways forward.
  • Training teachers and other professionals on a range of topics including supporting children and young people with additional needs, school organisation and intervention techniques. 
  • Leading projects or research for group work or whole school systems/ strategies.

Currently we work within most primary and secondary schools across Darlington. We are however, a growing service and always welcome enquiries from education settings and other services on potential packages of support.

For further information or to discuss a package of support for your organisation please contact us.

Who to contact

Telephone
01325 406730
Email
carol.watterson@darlington.gov.uk

Where we are

Venue address
Town Hall
Darlington
Postcode
DL1 5QT

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Age range
All ages

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