What do we do
We work with children aged between 0 and 19 years (or up to 25 years for young adults with complex and enduring needs) and the adults who support them. We will gather information from you and others who know your child. We will use this information and our knowledge of psychology to help us understand the circumstances around your child. Every situation is unique. We will work with you
and school staff, and might work directly with your child. This will help us to achieve positive outcomes and find the best way forward.
We are here to help
We know that many people have questions, about what educational psychologists (EPs) do, and why our involvement is needed. The most important point for you to remember is that we are here to help.
You're not alone
It is important for you to know that you are not alone; teachers talk to us about a lot of children. We work with many children every year, including many other children in your child’s school. We support families and school staff to help young people with their:
- Learning development and academic progress
- Communication and social interaction skills
- Emotional wellbeing and behaviour
How might it help you
Greater clarity and understanding around an issue
- Ideas for strategies that might help
- Signposting to other services
- Support or further information
How we can work together
As the person who knows most about your child, we value and encourage your involvement.
Here are some of the ways in which you can help us to help your child:
- Tell us about your child’s strengths and areas that they find difficult, or any concerns you may have
- Share with us what your child is like at home and outside of school
- Think about the questions you would like to ask us when we meet together
- If you have a report from another service, you may wish to share it with us
- Support can come in a variety of ways. We will all work together to develop the best action plan for your child.
Educational Psychology Service RBWM
St Ives Road
Berkshire, SL6 1RF
Tel: 01628 796688
What is an educational psychologist?
We work within the school system and local community, and use our knowledge to help children with their learning, wellbeing, development and achievement.
What is an assessment?
To help with the initial joint planning, we first ask for detailed background information from the adults concerned as part of the assessment process. We may then decide to spend more time with the adult(s) expressing the concern, to find out what may help (e.g. when a child’s behaviour is affecting their learning).
If we work directly with a child or young person, we may observe them in the setting where concerns are expressed or work individually with them using a range of materials, including tests and questionnaires. We also talk with the young person to gain their perspective and views
As a parent/carer, if you are concerned about your child, speak to your child’s preschool, school, or college in the first instance. We are a targeted service and for most children, education staff will be able to assess and meet children’s/young people’s needs. If an EP is required, the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will contact their linked EP and arrange a consultation.
Who else will be involved?
Each school has a link educational psychologist who visits regularly. The EP will have discussions with the special educational needs coordinator, class teacher or, with your permission, any other professional who has been involved (such as a speech and language
Will I be kept informed?
Yes, we always ensure that you have agreed for us to work with your child. We aim to keep you informed and let you know the outcomes of any individual work. If a written report is completed you will always receive a copy.