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Educational Psychology Service

Educational Psychologists have expertise in psychological theory and research that helps to understand how children and young people develop, learn, think, feel, and behave. 

We have a number of trainee Educational Psychologists on placement as part of their Doctoral professional training. They work closely with and are supervised by experienced Educational Psychologists. 

What we do and who we work with

Educational Psychologists use psychology to support the educational progress, development, mental health and wellbeing of children and young people from 0-25 years with complex special educational needs and, or a disability. The range of specialist psychological skills and knowledge covers the four areas of need identified in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice.  These are: 

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and/or mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical 

We are funded by Plymouth City Council to provide a free service to educational settings for statutory assessment and review of children’s needs and specific areas of core work that underpin this as part of SEN support. We are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

  • We support families, early years settings, schools and colleges. Our role usually involves joint working with a range of other professionals as part of a Team Around the Child or Young Person.
  • The service also supports a wide range of needs by providing training, consultation and project work for adults, such as carers, teachers and early years practitioners, who work with children and young people.
  • We conduct research and evaluation projects in order to achieve high-quality provision for children and young people.
  • Educational Psychologists provide consultation, assessment and advice on strategies to promote positive outcomes. We undertake psychological assessment for all children and young people with special educational needs who require a statutory Education Health and Care Plan. 

Examples of specific approaches include: 

  • Consultation for individuals and groups
  • Solution-focused approaches
  • Video interactive guidance
  • Clinical supervision
  • Critical incident trauma support
  • Person-centred planning
  • Precision teaching
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Restorative approaches
  • Understanding working memory
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Therapeutic approaches, for example, cognitive behavioural psychology, narrative approaches and personal construct psychology
  • Evidence-based parenting programmes, for example, Strengthening FamiliesIncredible Years and SPOKES (Supporting Parents on Kids Education in Schools)

Traded services 

We offer a traded service to settings. This includes a range of non-statutory work and is planned according to need, through discussion with the managers of the Service. 

Find out more about our traded service 

How to request support 

We accept requests for involvement from schools who'll have discussed the reasons for this and gained consent from parents/carers or young people over the age of 16years.  If a parent/carer or young person is considering whether our involvement would be beneficial, they should first approach the school or college SEN co-ordinator (SENCo) to discuss if this would be appropriate.  In exceptional circumstances, they may wish to contact the Psychology Service directly.

Email or call 01752 224962 for more information.

Resolving disagreements, mediation and making complaints

We welcome feedback on any concerns and will respond promptly to try to discuss and plan a way forward. If there is no resolution at an initial stage we follow Plymouth City Council policies and procedures. 

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Please email your comments to the Educational Psychology Service at the address below.

This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer.

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Who to contact

01752 224962

Where to go

Plymouth City Council
Windsor House
Tavistock Road

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Time of day

Other Details


Free, unless part of a traded service contract.


Age Ranges
0-25 years
Referral required
Referral Details

Those living within Plymouth City Council boundaries, contact is usually made via a school, setting or support service. In exceptional circumstances parents/carers or the young person themselves may wish to contact the Psychology Service directly.

Local Offer
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Contact Telephone
01752 224962
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
Preparing for adulthood
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type


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