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"Providing innovation, excellence and expertise to schools and academies across London and the South East."
"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."
Keeping children at the centre of what we do, we work collaboratively with schools, parents and education, health and social care professionals as well as with children and young people directly.
We contribute to the Education, Health and Care planning process, provide statutory advice and make recommendations to your local authority on appropriate provision to meet the special educational needs of children and young people.
As experts in child development we apply current psychological theories and research to enhance the educational, personal, social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
Specialist assessments and interventions for children and young people with SEN. From tailored support plans to targeted therapeutic work with children, on a one-to-one or small group basis as well as with families.
School and centre based training in specialist programmes such as Emotional Literacy for Support Assistants (ELSA). Support for educational settings in empowering parents, improving parent-child relationships, or for developmental research projects to improve practice.
Help with developing initiatives such as nurture groups, or delivering programmes such as FRIENDS. Direct support to educational communities when a critical incident occurs.
The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides regular consultative support to all maintained schools, academies and free schools both mainstream and specialist provision. It is a statutory service in relation to the Special Educational Needs system and in particular to the provision of psychological advice and attendance at annual/transition reviews. Services are offered free of charge to Croydon Schools to fulfil these core statutory functions. In addition, the EPS offers a full traded service at SEN Support and a range of activities that support school systems.
The EPS consists of a group of suitably qualified and experienced educational psychologists who are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and hold enhanced DBS checks. The service aim is to apply psychology to help to meet local needs and to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.
The EPS has an excellent reputation for the strength of its service delivery and receives ongoing positive feedback from school staff and families. The team can offer continuity of service and a flexible approach in response to need. The team can draw on a depth of experience and local knowledge and has established relationships with a wide range of professional groups within and outside of Croydon. The team works in partnership with school staff to identify priorities and to meet all agreed timescales. The team has strong links with University College London and aims to bring forward innovation and good practice within the field of Educational Psychology