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Working together with Schools

We are a team of professionally trained and experienced educational psychologists who use psychology to optimise the learning, development and emotional wellbeing of children, young people, their families and other education professionals.

We offer a wide range of services that supports the development of children and young people, in addition to helping promote learning across the whole school community. We know that the best outcomes are achieved through positive collaboration between families, schools, support services and children and young people. We understand that change is maximised through child-centred planning, assessment and intervention and that this can be achieved through working at the level of child/young person; class/group; or whole school level.

Our service delivery involves the application of psychology in order to make a positive difference to children and young people's lives.

Collaborative Problem Solving and Consultation

  • Staff in schools and other settings value the opportunity to share concerns with an educational psychologist and draw on their knowledge and understanding on a range of issues. Educational psychologists work collaboratively with staff and parents as part of a problem solving process to help find a way forwards. This approach can be applied to a number of situations such as supporting whole school concerns and issues as well as at the level of the individual.
  • When educational psychologists are working with, for example, teachers, a partnership is developed that helps to clarify and form a new understanding regarding a situation and, from this, define a way forwards that was previously unknown. This is crucial because staff in schools, parents/carers and other professionals increasingly come to educational psychologists when they feel 'stuck' and do not know what else to do.

"We have most valued exploring different approaches to teaching children who are struggling to engage with learning or to access the curriculum."

"We have excellent relationships with the EPT. We are able to brainstorm with them, discuss ideas and use their understanding of complex SEN. We value their practical suggestions and advice." Evaluation feedback from two schools, May 2016


Work with, and on behalf of, the child/young person

  • Work with and on behalf of children and young people will always include a problem-solving session. It is an important piece of work in which those people who know the child/young person best (school staff and parents/carers) can be guided through a detailed exploration of a situation; share concerns; and agree some actions, solutions and shared outcomes. This is a time efficient way of ensuring that interventions are informed by psychological principles.
  • There may be occasions when further assessment of need is required to inform our understanding of the child/young person. Such assessment may include some of the following: observation; examination and analysis of existing information; assessment of cognitive ability and response to teaching; assessment of social, emotional and mental health needs; gathering of child/young person views using psychologically informed approaches (e.g. personal construct psychology).
  • All work of the educational psychologist at the level of the individual is part of the graduated approach and feeds into the assess-plan-do-review cycles in school.

"The EP has led to better outcomes in the school by helping staff to understand what lay behind the very challenging behaviour which, in turn, helped us to deal with it." Evaluation feedback from a school, May 2016


Quality Assurance

We are ethical and innovative in our approach and strive to achieve the highest standards. All our educational psychologists:

  • Are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and adhere to the professional, ethical and conduct codes as described by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Seek informed consent from our service users.
  • Are committed to inclusion, emotional well-being, and raising attainment.
  • Believe that engaging children and young people in decisions impacting on them is fundamental in delivering positive change.
  • Consider that working in partnership with parents/carers is fundamental.
  • Take a holistic approach underpinned by the interactionist perspective when working for change.
  • Are aware of their safeguarding responsibility to all children and young people.

Statutory Work

The Council has statutory functions under previous and current legislation and the Educational Psychology Team undertakes direct work with children, young people, families and schools in order to fulfil the responsibilities under the Education Act 1996 and the Children and Families Act 2014. The team will contribute psychological advice to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments agreed by the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Service.



Bookable EP Sessions

Under the SEND Code of Practice (2014), education settings must use their best endeavours to meet pupil's needs. As part of the graduated approach towards meeting need (SEN Support), settings need to adopt the 'assess, plan, do review' cycle. The Educational Psychology Team is offering regular Bookable EP Sessions across all localities which aim to provide a forum for discussing any presenting issues, problem solving and agreeing a way forward. At the Bookable EP Sessions schools may wish to discuss whole school issues or an individual child/young person. It is essential that if the discussion concerns a child/young person that parents/carers are also invited to be part of that discussion. The Bookable EP Sessions will be run by Educational Psychologists usually supported by an Assistant Educational Psychologist or a Trainee Educational Psychologist. Please see Bookable EP Session FAQ sheet for more information.


School Helpline

All schools can speak to an Educational Psychologist via our school helpline. This will be open each Tuesday afternoon (other than during the Christmas school holidays) from 1.30-4.00pm. Schools can access this by telephoning 01522 554673 during the hours of operation. The helpline will focus on whole school issues, problem solving and suggestions of evidence based strategies that may support a profile of needs and signposting to possible other avenues of support. Conversations about individual children will not take place. Discussions and problem solving around individual children should happen via a Bookable EP Session with parent and school involvement.


Trainee Educational Psychologist Involvement

The Educational Psychology Team have a number of Trainee Educational Psychologists. To enable both the trainees to complete the requirements of their Doctoral Training and also to provide an additional avenue for schools to access support from the Educational Psychology Team, we are offering schools an opportunity to opt in to receiving direct involvement in their setting from a Trainee Educational Psychologist.

Trainee Educational Psychologist involvement may include: assessment; working with parents/ carers; direct work with children/ young people over a number of sessions; problem solving sessions with staff; and support to embed interventions. The specific detail of their work will be largely determined by the requirements of their university assignments. Trainees will be undertaking this work under supervision of a Senior Educational Psychologist.

If this is something you may potentially be interested in, please complete and return the interest form to:

Those schools who return the interest form will be contacted by a supervising Senior Educational Psychologist as required. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the Trainees will be able to work with all schools who express an interest but we would hope to offer this support to as many schools as possible.


Pilot Group

A small group of settings across Lincolnshire, who participated in the focus group discussions during the Summer Term 2017, will be accessing a different route of support to the Bookable EP Sessions during the Autumn Term 2017. Responding to focus group data, the Educational Psychology Team will be trialling and evaluating a new model of service delivery in these schools. It is intended that this will inform a customer focused traded offer to all schools in the future.



The Educational Psychology Team offer central training to staff in a number of evidence based interventions. It will be possible for settings to purchase individual places to enable key staff to deliver these interventions. Please see downloads for an application form.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)

When: 6 days of training across the Spring Term (starting on January 9th) followed by 6 half termly group supervision sessions.
Where: Initial training in Lincoln. Supervision will be locality based.
Cost: £585 per person
Who For: Teaching Assistants (up to 2 people per setting)
Delivered by: Educational Psychologists

ELSAs are teaching assistants who have been trained by Educational Psychologists to have a robust understanding of social, emotional and mental health needs. They are then able to plan and implement bespoke individual and group interventions in their setting. A launch event for the ELSA course is being held at Lincoln Golf Centre, Thorpe on the Hill on Thursday November 16th 3.45-4.45pm. This is an opportunity to find out more information about the course, including the benefits to pupils and schools. If you would like to reserve a place at the launch event or secure a place on the course please contact

FRIENDS Facilitator Training Day

When: Wednesday 21 February 2018, 9.30-4.00pm
Where: Lincoln Golf Centre
Cost: £150 per place including one set of books (a facilitator manual and child workbook)
Who For: All setting staff
Delivered by: Educational Psychologists/Licensed FRIENDS trainers
*please note this is a new date

The Educational Psychology Team will be offering one day facilitator training to all schools in the FRIENDS programmes. The FRIENDS programmes have been extensively researched and endorsed by the Department for Education and World Health Organisation as an effective intervention to significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression in targeted groups and promote emotional resiliency and coping skills for all young people. By a member of staff attending the one day training course they will be licensed to deliver the programmes to young people in your setting. The day will cover all the age specific programmes designed for young people from 4 to 16 years of age. To secure your place on the course please contact for an application form.

Adult Resilience Facilitator Training Day

When: Thursday 15 March 2018, 9.30-4.00pm
Where: Lincoln Golf Centre
Cost: £150 per place including one set of books (a facilitator manual and participant workbook)
Who For: All setting staff
Delivered by: Educational Psychologists/Licensed FRIENDS trainers

From the same author as the FRIENDS programmes the Adult Resilience programme is aimed at young people 16+. This evidence based intervention is designed to support young people in preparing and entering adulthood and cope with the challenges that may accompany this. This one day training enables staff to become facilitators and deliver this intervention in their setting. This intervention is particularly suited to Sixth Form and College students. To secure your place on the course please contact for an application form.


Direct Intervention

Assistant Educational Psychologists have been trained to deliver a number of evidence based interventions in schools. Settings can purchase their time to deliver these interventions. Please see downloads for an application form.

FRIENDS Intervention

When: Available from November 2017
Where: At your setting
Cost: £500 plus £10 per child workbook (up to a maximum of 8 children)
Who For: All young people to promote emotional resiliency and coping skills or targeted groups of young people to reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Delivered by: Assistant Educational Psychologists

As a setting you can purchase the FRIENDS intervention to be delivered in school by an Assistant Educational Psychologist to a group of up to 8 children/young people. The Assistant Educational Psychologist will deliver 10 weekly 1 hour sessions, plus 2 booster sessions (1 month and 3 months after the intervention). This package will also include implementation of pre and post evaluation measures by the Assistant Educational Psychologist to provide the school with data reflecting the effectiveness of the intervention. Schools will be expected to ensure the availability of a member of staff to join the FRIENDS group and be a named contact for the Assistant EP in school. To express interest and purchase the FRIENDS intervention package please contact

Lego© Therapy Intervention

When: Available from November 2017
Where: At your setting
Cost: £500 plus 10 sets of structured Lego (approximately £80) which the setting will keep
Who For: Young people with Autism Spectrum and other communication difficulties (including those with mental health and anxiety concerns).
Delivered by: Assistant Educational Psychologists

Lego-based therapy is a relatively new social development programme for children and young people with Autism Spectrum and other communication difficulties (including those with mental health and anxiety concerns). The expanding evidence base highlights gains in a range of social skills including turn taking, understanding and following social boundaries, initiating and sustaining peer interactions. These gains are sustained after the intervention has finished. In Lincolnshire, the Lego-based therapy intervention and training will be delivered using a mentoring approach to individual staff over 12 one hour sessions. In the initial 1 hour session an identified member of staff will meet with an Assistant Educational Psychologist to learn more about the intervention, select suitable participants (a maximum of 6 children) and identify appropriate evaluation tools to measure effectiveness. The same member of staff will then co-deliver the 10 week Lego based therapy intervention, gradually taking more of a lead in the latter half of the intervention whilst mentored by the Assistant Educational Psychologist. There will be a 1 hour session at the end of the intervention to review the process and for the Assistant EP to support the planning of future interventions. To express interest and book the training please contact

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Last updated: 7 December 2017

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