How the EPS works within Medway Council

The Educational Psychology Service plays a significant part within the council as the Local Authority (LA) in terms of:

  • developing policies
  • school development
  • specific project work
  • special educational needs procedures.

It has taken a lead in developing LA policies and other activities in a number of key areas such as autism, anti-bullying and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Other initiatives have included:

  • supporting the introduction of the government reforms for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across Medway
  • running a project to support literacy development in year 6 pupils
  • supporting children and young people undertaking managed moves
  • supporting young people at college and moving into the workplace

The ESP also carries out research in:

  • the long-term outcomes of managed transfers
  • young children with SEN participating in decision-making
  • the role of the 'key adult' in school for children who are looked after
  • how children came improve their own writing lessons
  • the skills needed for educational psychologists working with 16-25 year olds