Psychological Services

Psychological Services

Psychological Services is a team of experienced Educational Psychologists who work with school staff, children and families.

Psychological Services

Psychological Services is a team of experienced Educational Psychologists who work with school staff, children and families.

What we do?
We work with schools and settings to develop their capacity and achieve better outcomes for children and young people. We support the adults involved in the lives of children and young people and work with learners to: 
  • Prevent additional/special educational needs and requirements developing.
  • Intervene early where additional/special educational needs and requirements are identified.
  • Support those with on-going additional needs and requirements.  
Educational Psychologists can work at the individual level working directly with children and families, or at the group or whole school level to support schools in developing their policy and practice.
How to request access to our service?
In the first instance, parents should discuss any concerns they have about their child’s provision and progress with the school. This will usually be with the school SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator).  The school will be able to explain how they are addressing the needs of the child or young person and discuss whether a referral to other services is necessary. 

If the school feels that a request for support from Psychological Services would be helpful, and they have a Service Level Agreement with Psychological Services, the SENCo, with parental consent, will contact the school's link EP to plan the work.
 
SENCos then complete the SEND Support Services 'Request for Support'  form.  All requests for support require signed parental consent.

Request for Pupil Support Form
Parental consent form

Schools can also request whole schoolwork/training following discussion with their link EP.

Schools who wish to request additional time,or are not part of an SLA,may do so by completing the attached form. SLA Request for additional EP hours Support Form
 
SEND Manager for Psychological Services: Paula Hesford
Senior Educational Psychologist: Katinka Bryan
Office Manager: Dorothy MacDonald
Email: psychservices@northumberland.gov.uk
Tel: 01670 624813