Plymouth Educational Psychology Service (COVID-19)
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Updated 4 November 2021
The Educational Psychology service will continue to work closely with schools and settings in order to meet priority needs of children, families and staff. Your link Educational Psychologist will maintain close contact in the usual way. Essential face to face work will be discussed with staff and families in order to assess risk and ensure safety.
The Educational Psychology Service provides critical incident and trauma support as part of our core offer. A critical incident is defined as a sudden and unexpected event that has the potential to overwhelm the coping mechanisms of a whole school or members of the school community. The current situation with the Covid-19 Pandemic means that there is an increased risk of critical incidents through serious and fatal effects of the virus. In the event of a critical incident, the Educational Psychology Service offers support to the schools and settings in order to appropriately manage the event.
When an incident occurs, it is important that schools let the Educational Psychology Service know as soon as possible. There is one central contact point/number (01752) 305252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org that can be used for this purpose. You will then be contacted by a member of the EP Service to identify what support is required.
The link above takes you to the Plymouth City Council Educational Psychology Local Offer page. Here you will find a description of how to access the EP service and the range of assessment and intervention support we provide. You will also see all recent communications with schools, together with specific resources relating to the Covid-19 response and social emotional mental health.
There is also an overview of how we work to deliver the council revenue funded and purchased elements of our service. The Local Authority revenue funded EP offer is delivered through a number of reserved EP sessions per year for each school. This time is allocated by using a formula which draws on data showing number of students on roll, number of EHCPs and eligibility ratios for pupil premium/free school meals. It is for work at the statutory and SEN support levels of the SEND Code of Practice. The purchased offer is separate to this.
If you have any further queries in the first instance please contact your PCC link EP, or write directly to acting Principal Educational Psychologist Clare Hetherington.
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