Staff groups: Educational, Clinical, and Occupational Psychologists
There are many similarities between EPs, CPs, and OPs. All are applied psychologists who have had extensive training and experience in a range of psychological theory and practice. For clients this often means different psychologists will be able to offer a different range of skills such as therapeutic interventions or specific types of training. Each group will use their expertise in psychology to help move situations forward, while the EP for the school ensures that support for a child is coordinated.
EP training focuses on children and young people from birth to 25 and the systems within which those children live and learn such as schools, families, and colleges. Typical areas of work for EPs include removing barriers for those who experience needs in a wide range of areas. As well as learning difficulties, EPs will consider whether emotional, behavioural or social communication factors or other needs impact on the child or young person’s inclusion and participation.
CPs are likely to work in a similar way, offering a range of services from consultation to training, group and individual therapeutic work. CPs have their own training which includes the entire life-span from children through to older people. This is reflected in their skill set, for example, the use of therapeutic approaches with systems (e.g. families), groups and individuals and to support a range of mental health needs which might include anxiety, depression or self-harm for example.
OPs carry out work with children with learning difficulties and are able to work to support change in the settings in which children learn.
|Dr Alastair James||Educational Psychologist.|
|Jane Sarmezey||Educational Psychologist|
|Judith Cook||Educational Psychologist|
|Susan Ackerley||Educational Psychologist|
|Robin Farman||Associate Educational Psychologist|
|Hesta Howells||Occupational Pscyhologist|
Staff groups: Critical Incident Lead Officer – CILO
The Critical Incident Team, led by the CILO, is a multi-disciplinary team trained in trauma management and psychological support, who assist education settings following critical and traumatic incidents. The CI Team receives some core funding from the local authority, and an annual subscription service is offered to academies and independent schools. The team offers consultations in relation to bereaved children in education settings, providing research based support and advice, as well as referrals to outside agencies. The CILO also provides training in relation to managing critical incidents and supporting bereaved children. Please contact Dr Bianca Finger-Berry for further information.
|Dr. Bianca Finger-Berry||Critical Incident Lead Officer
Tel. 01263 739064/07887 832413
Staff groups: Specialist Learning Support Teachers – SLSTs
EPSS also includes SLSTs who, as well as being widely experienced in working with children who experience difficulties with learning, have a range of additional qualifications and/or experience in areas including dyslexia, social communication difficulties, nurture group theory and practice and solution focused brief therapy. SLSTs are qualified to identify dyslexia and complete assessments for access arrangements.
SLSTs work alongside EPs to advise schools and parents on meeting educational needs and offer support including consultation and advice, assessment and direct interventions with individual and groups of children. They can offer a range of interventions including parent workshops, staff training and ‘surgeries’ to discuss individual learning needs.
Staff groups: Traded Development Officer and Business Support – BSO
Our BSO Team promote a philosophy of putting children & young people’s needs first at every opportunity they have a keen eye for detail and are the backbone of our service.
They are the secondary point of contact for telephone and personal enquiries, supplying information and directing matters as appropriate.
Traded Services Development Officer
Our TSDO is your primary contact for any and all queries regarding new and ongoing contracts. The TSDO primary duties are to assist in plans to establish this site and extend promotional arrangements, to review financial and business monitoring processes, and to enhance quality assurance and business intelligence systems.
Business Support Officers
Irene Hoare- BS Manager