Educational Psychology Service

Educational Psychology Service

Hello and welcome to the Educational Psychology Service!

Thank you for your interest in finding out more about the benefits of working with us and why we are the main provider of psychological services to schools and settings across Devon. By clicking through our content and resources we hope that you’ll find the information you need – we’ll be pleased to hear from you if you need to know more.


How can educational psychologists (EPs) help children and young people?

stylised illustration of a human head showing self developmentEPs use specialist psychological knowledge and skills to promote the development, learning, achievement and well-being of children and young people from 0 – 25 years. It takes at least 8 years to train as an EP. The training includes an initial psychology degree, work with children and completing a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Ongoing training and development is a professional requirement. This means that we base our independent advice on extensive up to date knowledge of research and good practice.






How are EP’s skills used in Devon?

  • Devon County Council, schools and settings commission us to use psychological knowledge and skills in specific ways depending upon what is needed 
  • Each of our EPs completes a range of work to achieve different purposes
  • Some EPs also have specialisms  in areas such as Literacy or Social, Emotional and Mental Health which are used across the service 
  • The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is organised into four locality teams across Devon, based in the North, South, East and West of the county
  • Each team provides a service to a group of learning communities and the children, young people and families who live there

For more information about our commissioned work for Devon County Council and traded services for schools and settings please click on The Educational Psychology Service below. 

left quote marks in greenWe wanted to thank you so much for the very thorough and specific report you wrote on X's special educational needs. When you were doing your research, we could see how much effort and diligence you are putting into it and we were so pleased when we found the report you wrote showed exactly the same. We suspect you rarely get a chance to find out the ultimate outcome of your reports, so we wanted you to know what a difference your work has made to X and ourselves. Feedback from parents following EP assessment of their child (Summer 2021).

The Educational Psychology Service

Our EPs are trusted professionals because they have:

  • A passion for thinking about the perspective of children and young people and achieving best outcomes 
  • A friendly and approachable style so that they are good at connecting with people 
  • A detailed understanding of child development, Emotional Health and Wellbeing and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 
  • Substantial experience supporting children and young people in education from 0- 25 years of age
  • An excellent knowledge of the current education system including the SEND legislation and Devon specific processes
  • Commitment to providing independent advice and working ethically based on the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics, Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines (2018)
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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left quote mark in greenYour support has been utterly invaluable. There are so many times you help me see the best way to support a student or make a suggestion that transforms things...


How is the work of the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) funded and delivered?

children running into schoolThe EPS is currently delivered through Babcock LDP. Babcock LDP work in partnership with Devon County Council to deliver high quality Education Support Services to schools and settings across Devon.

From 1st of August 2022 all traded services currently delivered by Babcock LDP (including the EPS) will transfer into Devon County Council on 1 August 2022 to be delivered through Education and Learner Services. The delivery of services will not be affected by the move.




Work funded by Devon County Council (DCC)

photo of young person wearing a hoodie with hood covering whole face and adult talking to themA finite amount of educational psychology time is funded by Devon County Council (DCC) for special educational needs statutory work and other tasks to support improved outcomes for children where DCC has duties for their care.





Traded services

Schools and settings have the option to purchase educational psychology support in blocks of time to meet their own specific needs and priorities. We offer a range of work to promote inclusion, achievement and psychological wellbeing across the full range of ages and abilities. All our EPs work creatively to make the most of your educational psychology time, meeting the needs of individual schools and working flexibly across MATs.

Managing requests for EP support

We are always delighted to receive requests for EPS support from schools and settings because we appreciate each request is made following careful decision making about using resources wisely. We always work to meet your requests where this is possible.

The demand for the support and services we offer increases each year and so schools, settings, MATs or groups are advised to purchase their educational psychology time as early as possible. This means we can plan to provide the level of support required for the forthcoming academic year.

Once EP time is allocated to a school or setting then this is their ‘protected’ time. With increased demand, at times, we may have reduced capacity for in-year purchases of significant amounts of additional time. Exceptionally there may be fluctuations in the EPS staffing levels to account for but we will always work with you to make reasonable adjustments to our delivery if needed so you get the best value service for the time purchased. 

left quote mark in greenThanks so much for coming along to the Annual Review today. Throughout this whole thing I have felt SO supported by the Babcock team and the amazing experience you all bring. I have learnt SO much! I honestly would have felt so alone with it all without you…I needed people around me who understand schools. Team work! (School SENCO: Summer 2021).

Are you wondering how to help a child feel comfortable about a visit from the educational psychologist?

The Devon Educational Psychology Service has made two short videos to explain what an educational psychologist does. This video (above) for young people gives information for those of school or college age. We have also produced a  short, easy access version, which is ideal for younger children. We hope that the videos help children be relaxed and enjoy their time with the educational psychologist.

We’d love to know what you think! So please tell us your feedback! email:

Devon's SEND Local Offer

The Local Offer can help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families to find the right help and support.

Find out more on the Local Offer site

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Our EP has always been amazing.  He helps us and advises, so that we try to implement strategies before we contact him.  Can't speak highly enough of him.

Educational Psychology Testimonial

Headteacher, St John's Catholic PS

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