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The Educational Psychology Team

All of our Educational Psychologists are experienced, registered and hold post-degree level qualifications in Educational Psychology. We, within our team, strive to promote positive change for young people and children.

Background and Training

All educational psychologists working for Lincolnshire County Council:

  • have a degree in Psychology which is recognised by the British Psychological Society;
  • have had at least 2 years’ experience in working with children following their degree, with most being qualified, experienced teachers;
  • have a professional qualification in Educational Psychology either at a Masters or Doctoral level; and
  • are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

You can find out more by visiting the websites of the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP).

Service Principles

We are an applied psychology team that aims to promote positive change for children.
We do this by working in partnership with organisations, groups, families and individual children.

The Educational Psychology Team works to an agreed set of principles.

  • We use consultation to underpin all we do.
  • We are committed to inclusion, emotional well-being, raising attainment, and promoting positive behaviour.
  • We are clear about responsibilities and boundaries in our practice.
  • We believe that engaging children and young people in decisions impacting on them is fundamental in delivering positive change.
  • We consider that working in partnership with parents/carers is fundamental. We take a holistic approach underpinned by the interactionist perspective when working for change.
  • We consider the purpose of assessment is to inform effective interventions.
  • We value feedback to inform practice and maintain a quality assured service.
  • We adhere to the professional, ethical and conduct codes as described by the Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society.

We do this by:

  • Having discussions and conversations (consultation) with those who are most likely to effect positive change for children and young people.
  • Seeking the most effective ways of achieving positive goals for children/young people.
  • Supporting or using a plan, do, review, cycle.
  • Reflecting on, and/or questioning the purpose of our practice.
  • Affirming and challenging.
  • Keeping things simple and jargon-free.
  • Being assertive in our interactions.
  • Focusing on the relationships and interactions of individuals, their environment and significant others when seeking ways forward.

General Service Delivery

  • All educational psychologists employed by the team are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council ( HCPC)
  • All maintained schools and academies who access the Educational Psychology Team will receive a psychology consultation service which is research-based
  • All appropriate clients will receive a consultation service which focuses on the enhancement of standards of learning, both for individuals and groups
  • At times of educational psychologist vacancy priority is given to statutory work under the Children and Families Act 2014
  • Statutory reports for Education, Health and Care needs assessments under the Children and Families Act 2014 are completed by Week 12 of the statutory timescales.


Works in a way which:

  • Includes the child and their family
  • Looks at the whole educational situation
  • Looks at learning needs in a learning context
  • Asks questions about how children are being included in school and other settings
  • Shares information about good inclusive practice
  • Raises awareness
  • Challenges exclusive practice e.g. - challenge racism, sexism, discriminatory practice etc
  • Seeks to ensure that pupil’s views are given value
  • Encourages schools to assess and improve their inclusive practices
  • Seeks to ensure that parents/carers’ views are given value

Research and Publications

Research is an important part of an Educational Psychologists role. It supports evidence-based psychological practice at an individual child, whole school and authority wide level. By undertaking research rooted within the local context the Educational Psychology Team can improve best practice in meeting the needs of young people, staff and parents within the community and can inform policy and practice within Lincolnshire.

All Educational Psychologists working for Lincolnshire County Council have been undertaken research as part of their training, and a number have been involved in planning and undertaking research within Lincolnshire, or with previous employers. Some of the team have had articles and books published as a direct result of their research activities. Some examples of these are noted below, with the Educational Psychologists employed by Lincolnshire County Council highlighted in bold. If you would like more information about any of these research topics or publications do please contact us.


Cooke, J. & Semmens, C. (2010), ‘The development and evaluation of a support group for siblings of children on the Autism spectrum,’ Good Autism Practice, 11, 1, 23-30.

Docherty, R. (2014). A complete circuit: the role of communication between class teachers and support staff and the planning of effective learning opportunities. Educational Psychology in practice. 30 (2), pp. 181-191.

Docherty, R. (2014). Extending a Helping Hand. Children in Scotland. 151. 
Docherty, R & McQuaker, L. (2015). Whole-school CPD as a context for school-based research: Supporting a secondary school in gaining pupil feedback regarding learning intentions and success criteria. Educational Psychology in Scotland. 16(2), pp.


Slack, G. An Evaluation of the FRIENDS for Life Intervention with an Autism Spectrum Population: Evaluating the Impact on Children’s Anxiety. Doctoral thesis available online at


Bridge, C. Motivational Interviewing and Group work. Motivational Interviewing. Children and Young People: Issues and Further Applications Vol II (2014), McNamara, E.

Smith, C & Slack, G. Special FRIENDS (2015) 

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Last updated: 16 November 2017

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