The Educational Psychology Service is committed to improving outcomes and creating positive change for children and young people aged 0-25 by promoting learning, attainment and healthy emotional development. We do this by working with young people, their families and their schools and communities by applying psychology, by building capacity and valuing difference, and by working collaboratively with others to improve wellbeing and life chances.

Islington Partners

In addition to providing statutory work, the Educational Psychology Service undertakes a wide range of early intervention and preventative services. Your Educational Psychologist (EP) will meet with you to plan and review your core allocation and to agree how your purchased EP days will be used.

The service is delivered through a consultation model. Purchased time includes direct time in schools as well as preparation and follow up time, as negotiated with the EP. EPs apply a wide range of psychological theories, assessment techniques and knowledge of evidence-informed intervention strategies. All EPs have had extensive training in all aspects of child development and learning and are Health and Care Professions Council Registered.

Our service delivery includes:

  • Supporting schools to raise attainments of all pupils (including those with severe and complex needs) using quality teaching and specialist interventions.
  • Using the cycle of ‘assess – plan - do - review’ to improve learning and attainments, develop independent life skills and promote emotional wellbeing.
  • Providing advice to schools on how to meet OFSTED standards for effective identification of pupils with additional needs and to ensure compliance with the SEN Code of Practice.
  • Undertaking assessments, advice and reports for specific purposes (eg: statutory assessments, access arrangements for public exams and dyslexia assessments).
  • Supporting pupils with a wide range of emotional, social and mental health needs including those who are anxious or reluctant to attend school.
  • Supporting transitions to increase the likelihood of success for vulnerable pupils (including those at risk of exclusion, Looked After Children and Post Adoption)
  • Working collaboratively with other professionals around complex casework (including attendance at ‘Team Around the School’ and ‘Team Around the Child’ meetings).
  • Delivering therapeutic interventions for individuals and groups (e.g Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Focused Work).
  • Supporting staff to run groups, such as anger management, circle of friends, anti-bullying and positive communication.
  • Providing supervision and support for staff to deal with stressful situations, including critical incidents and issues of loss and bereavement.
  • Supporting whole school development of systems and policies.
  • Providing a broad range of training courses and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge of staff in schools, parents and carers, and the wider children’s workforce.
  • Working with families to increase their capacity to support their children’s learning, development and wellbeing; and help build their resilience by enabling them to access local services (as detailed in the Local Offer).

Service Contact: Gill Sassienie
T: 020 7527 3747


Benefits of choosing us

  • We focus on early intervention
  • Promoting inclusion in schools and the community in order to raise attainment
  • Collaborative working with staff, parents and other professionals
  • Working systemically to build capacity
  • Maximising the independence, potential and achievement of children and young people to prepare them for adulthood
  • We use person centred approaches, to ensure the views of children and young people are central to our recommendations
  • Access to a highly qualified and experienced team with knowledge of local systems and provision.

What our customers say

“All my meetings and work with my EP have been extremely useful for me as it has helped me understand how to support children with different needs and in developing parental engagement. The written reports are set out very clearly and tell you everything you need to know-background, strengths and actions. Class teachers have also found these very useful”.

Islington Primary School