Educational Psychology Service

Staffordshire Educational Psychology Service is a Staffordshire County Council service.  It is the principal provider of psychological consultancy to Staffordshire schools and children and young people between the ages of 0 to 25 years.

Values

Our key values include:

  • An inclusive education system
  • A collaborative working approach
  • The rights of children and young people: it is the responsibility of adults to remove barriers to success
  • The value of applying psychology

What we do

The main priority for EP work, apart from completion of statutory duties, is to work collaboratively with schools.

The types of work which may be offered by EPs include:

  • Collaborative consultation with school staff and parents;
  • Assessment, as part of a graduated response within the Code of Practice.  This may include observation and assessment in different contexts, data collection and advice to staff on the development of effective teaching and learning strategies;
  • Guidance, as part of the graduated response, within the Code of Practice.  This may include target setting, preparation and implementation of individual education plans;
  • Interventions with small groups or individual children and young people to facilitate the development of emotional well being;
  • Support to promote inclusive practice;
  • Partnership working with other professionals;
  • Transition planning from early years and across school phases;
  • Training and support in a range of areas of development including challenging behaviour, anti-bullying strategies and social and emotional development;  

How the service is accessed

Usually the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) will contact the EP after deciding with a parent/carer that their child or young person might benefit from their help.  The EP would then contact the parent/carer to ask for their permission to provide this specialist support and ask for their views about what might help.

If a parent/carer has concerns that might need the involvement of an EP, they should approach their child's school or college.

For information about the work of the EPS please contact your local Senior Educational Psychologist direct.  Alternatively you may wish to contact Julia Anderson, County Manager for the EPS who is based at:

Floor 2 Block B

Education Offices

Tipping Street

Stafford

ST16 2DH

Tel: 01785 278964

Senior Educational Psychologists

Contact Details
Area of responsibility Name Telephone number
  Newcastle and Moorlands district  John Newton  01782 297524
 Stafford and South Staffordshire district

 Emma Dodd

Jim Matthews

 01785 356863
 Lichfield and Cannock district

Jo Ward

Sally Williams

01543 512050
 East Staffordshire and Tamworth district Val Taylor 01283 239755
 Behaviour Jim Matthews 01785 356863
 Early Years Emma Dodd 01785 356863
 Complex Needs and PROACT-SCIPr-UK® Lesley Schofield 01782 297524