Enhancing the learning and emotional health and well-being of children
We believe every child has the ability to learn and the right to belong. We believe that children thrive when they are included in their local community and are committed to supporting parents and schools to help this happen.
The Educational Psychology team is committed to enabling you to meet the full range of special educational needs of children and young people within your school community with confidence.
We will use our extensive range of psychological skills and expertise to help you identify and remove barriers to progress, promote inclusion, enhance well-being and raise achievement.
Our wide knowledge of the local community, strong working relationships within the Local Authority and understanding of its organisation and policies means that we are uniquely and ideally placed to provide an excellent service. Kirklees Educational Psychologists are also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Our service offer to you
We offer a range of services to help support the needs of your school. Your school contact Educational Psychologist (EP) will offer you termly planning meetings where you will have the opportunity to discuss and prioritise your needs and any necessary input.
T: 01924 483744
Free core service
To ensure we support our most vulnerable children and young people, we provide our services free of charge when:
For all schools:
a child is in care and is failing to make progress
schools are considering the use of permanent exclusion
an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment has been agreed
a school is experiencing a significant traumatic event or critical incident
a child or young person with a statement or EHC plan has a significant change in their SEN which might require a different approach or educational setting
facilitation of Additional Needs Partnerships (ANPs) - see above.
Additionally for maintained schools:
A free initial consultation to those children at SEN support who have the most complex needs and who have already received the highest level of support and input the school can offer
We are able to offer support at individual, small group and whole school level around needs in the areas of:
cognition and learning
social, emotional and mental health
social communication and interaction
physical and sensory impairment.
Our input can involve consultation, assessment, intervention, research and staff development, including training and support around whole school strategy and development.
In every case, your school EP will work with you and draw upon the range of psychological expertise we have as a team, to ensure that each package of support agreed is tailored to the particular needs of the child and to your educations setting. This will be agreed with you prior to the start of our involvement.
We are committed to ethical practice and will always help schools to explore how they might use their existing resources and access to free services, prior to agreeing EP input.
Principal educational psychologist