Educational psychology service

Our service

Our service is here to make a positive difference to the lives of all children and young people in the Scottish Borders.

We do this by applying psychology to:

  • Provide general consultation and advice  to schools
  • Undertake specific work with permission to support individual children and young people
  • Training and development work for school staff and others

How we can help

  • We support children and young people's development, learning and social experience at school. 
  • We work with others to identify and understand children's needs, particularly where additional support may be required. 
  • We help parents/carers, the school and the education authority to make informed choices about meeting children's or young people’s needs.
  • We work with school staff, parents/carers and other professionals such as speech and language therapists and social workers, to help children and young people achieve.

How we become involved

  • We can only become involved with permission of parents or young people who have provided informed consent.
  • Schools already have a system for monitoring and reviewing the progress of all children and young people.
  • If teachers feel they have tried all their strategies to support a child or young person, they may seek further advice and support from the Educational Psychologist.

How to access the service

Download our leaflets for further information:

If you still have concerns after this, contact our Educational Psychology team directly.

What happens next?

As appropriate a meeting will be arranged with school and EP, parent/carer and child or young person. Other appropriate partners may also be involved.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • find out how things have been recently 
  • find out what is working and what is not
  • develop an action plan so we all know what we will do