Educational Psychology Service
Redbridge Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is a team of educational psychologists who are employed by the London Borough of Redbridge.
Who are EPS?
EPs all have a degree in psychology and have undertaken professional training in educational psychology. They work with parents/carers, children/young people, teachers and other professionals to promote children’s education and development.
What kinds of issues do psychologists help with?
Psychologists can help with a broad range of issues. Some may relate to difficulties experienced by individual children and young people, for instance:
- Relationships with other children
- Behaviour in school
- Sensory or physical difficulties
They also help schools to meet children’s needs more effectively by, for instance, providing training or helping with the behaviour policy.
How do we get involved with your child?
Every school has an EP who makes regular visits.
Where the school is concerned about your child, they should first discuss this with you and try a variety of ways to make the situation better. If despite this, there are continuing concerns, the school may seek your permission to involve the Educational Psychologist. You will be asked to sign a consent form.
What will happen next?
Your child’s class teacher or another member of staff will have a meeting with the EP to discuss their concerns and think about some plans to help. The school will let you know what has been planned at the meeting. Depending on the circumstances, the EP may have a meeting with you and/or with your child, or the EP may continue to work with the class teacher only.
How will this help my child?
The psychologist will collect information about your child to help plan the best way forward (this is usually written into a record of involvement (ROI).
Psychologists collect information regarding children in a variety of ways. For instance, they might:-
- observe them in the classroom or playground
- talk to the teacher about what happens in the classroom
- ask your child for their views about what is happening in school
- ask you about your child’s strengths and difficulties
- ask the school or other professionals to collect specific information
Will my child get tested?
Generally, the most important information about your child’s difficulties will come from the school and yourselves. Sometimes, however, it may be useful for the psychologist to use specially designed tasks, activities and tests to help understand your child’s difficulties more clearly, and give ideas on how to tackle them.
How will I know what plans have been made for my child?
- By attending a review meeting
- By written feedback
Psychologists usually provide the school with written feedback about their involvement, which can also be made available to parents; you may need to ask the school to provide a copy.
Can I contact the psychologist directly?
We believe that the most effective way of helping children is through working in partnership with parents and schools. In the first instance, we encourage you to contact your child’s school about your concerns. The school will discuss with you whether it is appropriate to involve the psychologists at this stage. In some circumstances, parents may find it helpful to contact the Service direct to ask for general advice.
Who to contact
- Telephone: 020 8708 7494 / 07741 331009
- Email: EducationalPsychology@redbridge.gov.uk
Parent Support Helpline from Education Psychology Service (EPS) during the Coronavirus period
This is a worrying time for all of us and we are concerned about the impact of what is happening on our children and families and their well-being. If you feel you would like to speak about your worries or concerns at this time, we at the Educational Psychology Service are available to support through lending a friendly and sympathetic ear.
- Telephone: 07741 331009
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Wednesday evenings from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Redbridge Educational Wellbeing Team (REWT)
Who are REWT?
REWT are a team of senior specialist educational psychologists and assistant educational psychologists. REWT were created by the Access and Inclusion Team.
- The aim of REWT is to build skills, knowledge and confidence of school staff and other professionals regarding developing children and young people's emotional well-being
- REWT focuses on empowering schools to work with children with social, emotional and mental health issues and to have ways of responding when concerns about wellbeing arise
- REWT supports schools through evidence-based training packages, through
signposting and by delivering targeted interventions. REWT also provides consultation services to the Looked After Children
For more information or any queries please contact us:
- Telephone: 07741 331009
- Email: REWT@redbridge.gov.uk
Sessions for Redbridge Parents
Listening to the voices of our Redbridge parents
This session will entail an introduction to the role of an Educational Psychologist and how we support families and schools. Followed by a safe space for parents to share any worries, concerns or to ask questions.
- Tuesday 11 May 2021
- 7.00pm to 8.00pm
Understanding and supporting bereavement and loss
During this session we will explore the difference between bereavement and loss, the psychology behind the grieving process and how you can support yourself and others during these difficult times.
- Friday 21 May 2021
- 1.00pm to 2.30pm
Understanding and supporting bereavement and loss (SEND)
During this session we will explore the difference between bereavement and loss, the psychology behind the grieving process and how you can support yourself and others during these difficult times. This session has been adapted to meet the needs of parents with children or young people with SEND.
- Friday 18 June 2021
- 10.30am to 12.00pm
Listening to the voices of our Redbridge parents (SEND)
This session will entail an introduction to the role of an Educational Psychologist and how we support families and schools. Followed by a safe space for parents to share any worries, concerns or to ask questions. This will also provide you with a space to connect with other Redbridge parents. This session will be tailored for parents with children or young people with SEND.
- Monday 21 June 2021
- 1.30pm to 2.30pm