Educational Psychology service offer

Our service model has been developed to support the delivery of a fair and equitable service that meets the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people and supports settings to prioritise children and young people for educational psychologist involvement.

An allocation formula has been used based on data which includes the number of pupils on role,  pupils at SEN support, pupils with an EHCP and pupils who are eligible for free school meals. The formula is used to inform service planning. 

The model prioritises different types of work within a three-tiered system. Work will be agreed through regular planning meetings with the SENCO and can be reviewed at any point.  The tiered system enables schools to prioritise educational psychology involvement for those children and young people who have been identified through the graduated approach, as having the highest level of need in their school. To have optimal impact on supporting schools and settings to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people with SEND, educational psychology support is best targeted through the work delivered within tier 1 and 2 of our service model.

Tier 1 Building Capacity

  • Regular planning meetings with SENCOs to agree priorities for educational psychology work.
  • Centralised training offer – range of free training packages developed and delivered by Educational Psychology service.
  • ELSA – (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) training and ongoing supervision for ELSAs.
  • Action research to inform practice and provision.

Tier 2 SEN support 

  • Children and young people at SEN support who aren’t making progress within the graduated approach, and particularly for those children and young people for whom an Education Health and Care Need Assessment (EHCNA) request is being considered.
  • Children and young people at SEN Support whose SEN is a barrier to attendance.
  • Children and young people who are at risk of exclusion due to having SEN or a possible unmet SEN.

Tier 3 Statutory SEND

  • Psychological Advice for children and young people in your school/setting for whom an Education Health and Care Need Assessment (EHCNA) has been agreed.
  • Psychological Advice for children and young people in your school/setting identified through annual review where a change in need is identified that requires updated assessment information to inform provision and placement.
  • Psychological Advice as needed for Tribunal (SEND) for children and young people in your setting.

Educational Psychology Service - Early Year's offer

A revised service model has been developed to support fair and equitable access to Barnsley Educational Child and Community Psychology Service for all early years settings in Barnsley.

Educational Psychologists will be working jointly with the EY Area SENCO through consultation surgeries to support settings to build on their graduated approach to further understand and meet the needs of children with special educational needs.  The surgeries will offer the opportunity to jointly problem-solve and reflect through collaborative conversations to support settings to meet the needs of their most vulnerable children. SENCOs can access surgeries jointly with parent and carer. The joint Educational Psychologists and EY Area SENCO surgeries will be to discuss children whose needs are being supported at SEN support but who aren’t making progress within the graduated approach and for whom settings may be considering submitting an EHC needs assessment request.

Dates and details for booking on the surgeries will be made available on Barnsley Education Inclusion Services events.

Training offer

As part of the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) that Barnsley schools/settings/services establish with the team, there will be free access to a centralised Educational Psychology Service training offer. The centralised training packages, will be planned and reviewed annually and informed by schools and settings and shared local authority agendas.

Training delivered by Barnsley Educational Psychology Service will be made available to book on via POD from April 2021.

Please leave us some feedback