Updated: 19/08/16

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.





EBSS_161101_13-25-04 Dr James Thatcher Principal Educational Psychologist (co)
Stephen Higgins EBSS_161101_13-28-52 Principal Educational Psychologist (co)
EBSS_161101_13-27-49 Rita Adair  Senior Educational Psychologist
Dr Helena Bunn EBSS_161101_13-24-01 Senior Educational Psychologist
Helena is an experienced educational psychologist, with a portfolio including local, national and international projects focused on educational inclusion for children with special educational needs and those publicly fostered. Helena’s key interest in promoting virtuous cycles of development for vulnerable children is reflected across her professional initiatives.
EBSS_161101_14-09-07  Elaine Nickolls Senior Educational Psychologist
Dr Ian Mann EBSS_161101_14-02-10 Educational Psychologist
EBSS_161101_13-26-41  Dr Karen Fields Senior Educational Psychologist
EPSS_Symbol_CMYK Ruth Smallwood Senior Educational Psychologist
 Dr Sarah Hatfield Senior Educational Psychologist
Dr Nicholas Hammond  Educational Psychologist
Dr Lucy Kimber EPSS_LK_a Educational Psychologist
Jane Sarmezey Educational Psychologist
Sean O’Donoghue EBSS_161101_14-05-37 Educational Psychologist
EBSS_161101_13-48-24  Dr Patrick Halcrow Educational Psychologist
Dr Sue Ackerley  EBSS_161101_14-30-27 Educational Psychologist
EPSS_Symbol_CMYK Lloyd Smith Trainee Educational Psychologist
 Sarah Raspin EBSS_161101_14-18-08 Trainee Educational Psychologist
Emma Speed Trainee Educational Psychologist
Georgina Turner Trainee Educational Psychologist
Helen Holderness Trainee Educational Psychologist
Kirstie Summers EPSS_KS_a Trainee Educational Psychologist
Nikki Palmer Trainee Educational Psychologist
Rachel Wade Research & Development Assistant/

Assistant Education Psychologist 

Robin Farman Associate Educational Psychologist
Diane Haward Associate Educational Psychologist

Tony Tarrant  Associate Educational Psychologist

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 EBSS_161101_13-26-07

Critical Incident Lead Officer Tel. 01263 739064/07887 832413

Dr Bianca Finger-Berry trained in Social Pedagogy in Bielefeld, Germany and worked as a social worker in West Sussex before joining EPSS in 2001. She completed her Doctorate in Education at the UEA in 2015, and recently trained as an EMDR therapist. She is part of the EPSS leadership team.

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.

Liz Jones  Specialist Learning Support Teacher
EBSS_161101_14-20-24 Anna Pearson Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Joan McLauchlan EBSS_161101_13-42-29 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
EBSS_161101_13-35-48 Jenny Harris Specialist Learning Support Teacher 

Jenny enjoys teaching children to develop their skills with confidence.  Dyslexia, memory, and literacy are her special interests.  Using formative and dynamic assessment, Jenny helps each learner overcome barriers to learning.

OCR Level 7 Assessment Practising Certificate and Teaching Practising Certificate
OCR Level 7 in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Sarah Gentle EBSS_161101_13-32-28 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
EBSS_161101_13-43-22 Kate McCaul Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Dave Pearce EBSS_161101_13-51-54 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
EBSS_161101_14-23-32 Carrieanne Miller Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Adrian Knott EBSS_161101_13-46-50 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Helene Coates  Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Carolyn Nixon EPSS_Symbol_CMYK Specialist Learning Support Teacher
EPSS_Symbol_CMYK Jo O’Donoghue Specialist Learning Support Teacher


Staff groups: ASD and Social Emotional and Mental Health Teams


Caroline Hall Social, Emotional and Mental Health(SEMH) Team Leader
Sara Dale Social, Emotional and Mental Health(SEMH) Team Leader
Julie Stewart ASD Team Coordinator
Jeni Mein ASD Specialist Support Assistant
Louise Cotton EPSS Specialist Support Assistant

ASD Team

Tayla Esgate-Menear EPSS Specialist Support Assistant

ASD Team

Toni Harrison EPSS Specialist Support Assistant
       Beryl Bond    EPSS Specialist Support Assistant

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 inquiries, 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.

A.J. James Brooks


Traded Services Support Officer 
james.brooks@norfolk.gov.uk 01603 306362

James has over 15 years of marketing and sales experience on both sides of the Atlantic.  This vast experience and his continued growth have helped James become a vital part of the EPSS Team. Based in our Carrow House offices, James is typically the first point of contact for any traded queries.

Business Support Officers

01603 307550

Irene Hoare- BS Manager

Michele Blazey

Cheryl Gedge

Sue Burt

Bridget Tinsey

Donna Cropley

Diane Leslie

Gerry Dickerson