Educational psychology is the branch of psychology concerned with the scientific study of learning how we learn. Educational Psychologists use their knowledge of psychology and child development to assess difficulties children may be having with their learning.
The Educational Psychologists at Psychology4Learning help schools and other educational settings across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and neighbouring counties. We help children and young people aged 0 to 25 by providing advice and training on how schools, parents and carers might help children who are struggling at school. Educational Psychologists may recommend methods or develop strategies in partnership with schools to help a child learn more effectively.
Annual contracts run over the academic year. Orders are taken during the Summer term, ready for the work to begin in September. A minimum of 3 days can be ordered, but any number of days above 3 can be purchased and will be delivered over 12 months. Delivery of annual contracts takes priority over mid year ad hoc work. As part of the contract the psychologist will hold a phone planning meeting with the school to discuss their requirements at no extra charge.
Schools are welcome to contact P4L to request individual pieces of work / ad hoc days of work throughout the academic year. However, we will need to check educational psychologist availability before accepting the order as work on annual contracts takes priority.
Consists of a 45 minute phone discussion between the school and the Educational Psychologist, plus 15 minute report writing by the psychologist to ensure there is a record of the discussion.
The psychologist may recommend implementing a specific intervention. The psychologist will be able to advise on how to run the intervention, or can manage its implementation on the schools behalf, if requested.
Educational Psychologists can provide individual or group supervision for school staff, thus providing school professionals with a trusted environment in which to review, discuss and problem solve.
… such a comprehensive report. It is very clear to see needs, strengths and really useful advice and practical suggestions to use.
Wendy-Jane Copping, SENCO, Bampton CE Primary School
This pack contains 3 phonics based games suitable for Reception children (4 to 5 years), and Year 1 children (ages 5 to 6 years) who are struggling with early phonics. The pack includes a parent information leaflet by Educational Psychologist Dr Sangeeta Silva.
Our team of educational psychologists often recommend a range of different books to support schools, teaching staff, parents and carers, children and young people. We have listed these books here and provided links to Amazon where they can be purchased. The books cover topics such as anxiety, behaviour, literacy skills…
I’ve just come out of my meeting with the psychologist and class teacher. I just wanted to drop you a line to say what a positive experience it was. The psychologist was really wonderful. It’s quite a daunting thing to go to as a parent but made me feel very relaxed and she absolutely nailed listening without judgement. I felt heard and understood and I left feeling very confident that she will help us to identify how we can help our son.
Parent, Primary School
Why work with an educational psychologist?
Children and young people may be struggling in school for a variety of reasons. These children and young people may have been identified as having special educational needs.
Other websites – links to a wide range of other, informative, websites
External documents – links to range of external documents related to children and young people with special educational needs.
Parent Leaflet – NEW leaflet for parents explaining educational psychology
Training Evaluations – Summaries of what course delegates say about P4L training.
Special Educational Needs
Asperger’s Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition, which affects about 1 in 200 people, more commonly in men than women. Those with Asperger’s Syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence.
ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
ASD is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It’s estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), affecting physical co-ordination that causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for his or her age, and appear to move clumsily.
Dyscalculia is usually perceived of as a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic
Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
There are a range of catch-up literacy interventions that can be used with children and young people.
There are a range of numeracy based interventions that can be used with children and young people.