About us

Our Educational Psychologists (EPs) are committed to developing an inclusive education system and society where every child can achieve. We work on behalf of Hampshire County Council to promote the learning of all children in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

We work with families, schools, preschools, colleges and the local authority to identify the best way to support the learning and emotional needs of children and young people.

We are governed by the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics. Our educational psychologists are also all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our work is underpinned by both organisations’ standards of conduct, performance and ethics. We often have trainee educational psychologists and psychologists who are in the process of registering with the HCPC working with us.

Person-centred approach

Our approach is person-centred. This means we involve children and young people, and their parents/carers in decision-making. We will use different techniques and meetings to help them express their views, hopes and fears, and their dreams. We will also help children and young people to understand the different options available to them so that they can make informed decisions.

Core offer

Our core service, funded by Hampshire County Council, includes:

  • Support for schools following critical incidents and sad events
  • Contributing psychological advice for a child or young person as part of an education, health and care needs assessment (EHCNA)
  • Where agreed, attendance at annual review meetings for young people with an EHC plan
  • Providing expert advice for special educational needs and disability Tribunals
  • Operating a telephone support line for parents/carers

Our core service does not include routine involvement in the plan-do-review process for children and young people with an education, health and care plan (EHCP). This would need to be commissioned through an education setting’s SLA – see below.

SLA (service level agreement)

There are two levels of SLA subscription for individual schools, so you can choose the package which best fits your needs. When considering your subscription level, you should consider the outcomes you are seeking and the necessary plan-do-review cycles for children receiving SEN Support or with EHCPs.

An SLA with HIEP includes:

  • A dedicated “named contact” Educational Psychologist (EP) who will work with you to develop a detailed understanding of your school context, systems, needs and priorities
  • A responsible professional partnership with our large team of over 70 Educational Psychologists, whose skills and expertise you can access via your named contact
  • Where agreed, attendance at annual review meetings for young people with an EHC plan
  • An educational psychology provider who’s well connected within the Hampshire local community. We can help you and your pupils by liaising with other local support services for children, young people and families
  • Continuity for casework across non-statutory and statutory activities

One day equates to six hours of EP time.

SLA agreement booklet - Maintained schools

SLA agreement booklet - Non-maintained schools and colleges

Consent and data handling

We have compiled the following documents to keep you informed about how we use and keep the information provided to us.

Privacy notice for parents

Privacy notice for professionals

Careers with us

Find out what you need to do to become an EP and view our vacancies

Careers in EP