Educational Psychology Service (EPS) - NNC

Type of service:
Local Government Department
Address:
North Northamptonshire Council, William Knibb Centre, Alfred Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 0SW
Telephone number:
01604 361416
Service description:

Educational psychology is the application of psychological theory, research, and techniques. It supports children, young people, their families, and educational settings. It promotes the social, emotional, mental health, and learning of children and young people. Educational psychology enables children and young people to achieve their full potential, and it aims to maximise their future independence (and life satisfaction) as adults.

To ensure the maximum benefit for children and young people (and their families) in North Northamptonshire, the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) offers interventions for:

  • Individual children
  • Groups
  • Classes
  • Year groups
  • Early Years settings
  • school settings
  • Post-16 settings
  • Local Authority settings
  • Multiagency settings

The service covers Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough, and East Northants.

The EPS may be contacted for help and advice by:

  • Schools or Early Years settings
  • Parents
  • Health professionals
  • Additional needs teachers
  • Pre-school staff
  • Social workers
  • Other professionals working with children

The EPS will offer consultation on concerns raised and agree an action plan. If the concern is about a child, parental permission must have been given before they will be involved.

TaMHS

The North Northamptonshire EPS delivers the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) programme, in conjunction with with West Northamptonshire Council. This coordinated multi-agency initiative builds capacity within schools through training and support. It introduces new programmes and approaches to better meet the mental health needs of children and young people.

Psychology Assistants

Schools that have a Service Level Agreement (SLA) can request the support of a psychology assistant. Psychology assistants work with children and young people who have social, emotional, or mental health (SEMH) needs. They can work at an individual or group level.

The psychology assistants are a small team of staff with an academic background in psychology and experience of working with pupils with additional needs in schools. All their work is managed and supervised by an educational psychologist. The psychology assistants can offer a menu of structured intervention programmes that are usually delivered on a weekly sessional basis. Their support may focus on:

  • increasing self-awareness
  • helping children to understand and regulate their emotions
  • anger management
  • coping with anxiety
  • increasing motivation
  • using mindfulness
  • cognitive behavioural approaches
  • developing coping strategies
  • tackling emotionally-based school avoidance
  • supporting transitions  

If you are a school professional and would like to request the support of a psychology assistant, please discuss it with your school's link educational psychologist. Once parental permission is secured for any individual work, please complete the 'EPS Request for Support' online form, which can be found here.

The Baby Room Project

The Northamptonshire Baby Room Project aims to raise the quality of babies’ experiences by strengthening the relationships between practitioners and babies, and parents and their babies. The project is led by the West Northamptonshire EPS.

Cost:
Free
Age range:
0 - 25 years
Opening hours:
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Eligibility criteria:
  • Age - Early Years (0-5)
  • Age - School (5-18)
  • Age - Adulthood (18-25)
  • Education
  • Location-Specific
  • SEND descriptors
Referral route:
  • Education or school
  • Family member
  • Professional referral
Last updated on:
20/10/2021
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