Educational psychology

Educational Psychologists specialise in children and their learning, well-being and wider development. We work directly or indirectly with children and young people. We also provide advice to parents and other adults who teach and support children.

The Educational Psychology team offers the following services:

  • Observations
  • Assessments, including statutory psychological assessments for children and young people in Herefordshire as part of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process
  • Support for children and young people without an EHCP that can be paid for by schools
  • School referrals where school staff/parents feel a child needs the involvement of an Educational Psychologist (Referrals are not accepted directly from parents and must be completed by a staff member.)
  • Training

Our 2022-23 training offer for schools

We offer training to meet your needs for:

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

Are you interested in attending a twilight training session on EBSA in Spring 2023 - (cost £30 per person)? If there is enough demand we will schedule another session of this popular course. Please contact

Twilight training courses for individual staff members

Each of the following courses is on Teams, and costs £30 per individual, with each additional person from the same school an extra £10. We have kept prices low again this year. Cancel within 72 hours before the course to avoid payment if you cannot attend.

ADHD and behaviour

This course outlines the history and the theoretical causes of ADHD, and the controversy over its status as a neurological condition. It identifies the three core difficulties experienced by some children in the context of executive functioning and medication, and how these features can be reduced in a classroom setting. The key behavioural features are discussed and how staff can adapt their methods to support hyperactive and inattentive children.

Anxiety in children

This training session explores anxiety in general, it’s different forms, its potential causes and ways in which children/young people may present when experiencing anxiety. It offers practical strategies to support children/young people and also signposts to agencies and resources that may be beneficial to staff members who have concerns about a pupil.

Restorative practice in schools: A practical introduction to an approach for preventing and resolving conflict and harm

Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to understand and acknowledge this impact and take steps to repair relationships through a guided conversation. The approach promotes a preventative approach to conflict by promoting independence skills in managing relationships. This session provides an overview of the approach including the key principles underpinning it and practical ideas around how to begin to embed the approach into your classroom.

Goals of misbehaviour: a framework for understanding behaviours that challenge

This course will provide a brief overview of the four goals of misbehaviour, it will invite you to think about the unspoken, (usually unaware) message in a child’s behaviour, and provide some cooperative strategies to use when dealing with these behaviours. Recognizing the goal of a student’s behaviour is often the first step in identifying how to help them make better progress.

Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL) training

You will have heard that the government is funding every school in the country to appoint a member of staff to coordinate mental health and wellbeing in their school. Herefordshire Educational Psychology Service has devised a 3 day training programme accredited by the DfE to allow you or one of your leadership team to become your nominated Senior Mental Health Lead (SMHL).

The programme is pitched at an intermediate level and combines information on a wide range of mental health difficulties experienced by our children and young people, as well as information on local needs, services and referral processes. More importantly, professionals from local mental health services join us to explain their roles and perspective. If you join this course you will become part of a network of local SMHLs who meet with us termly to discuss our work, share resources and support each other.

The course focuses on how you can develop the mental health and wellbeing across the whole school climate to the benefit of staff, parents and pupils. The role is suited to someone who will be able to inspire others to join them on this journey.

Course dates and format

Our next course starts in January 2023 with the first day in Hereford. The following sessions are half-days on Teams with an opportunity to meet together again for the final morning of the course:

  • 18 January:  Plough Lane, 9am - 4pm
  • 15 February: Teams meeting, 1pm - 4pm
  • 1 March: Teams meeting, 1pm - 4 pm
  • 15 March: Teams meeting, 1pm - 4 pm
  • 29 March: Plough Lane, 9 am - 12.30pm


The course costs £800. This is fully funded by the DfE through a grant of £1200 to pay for senior mental health leads "senior lead" training. We will not charge you until you have claimed the grant. Use the link below to check eligibility and apply.

Apply for Senior mental health lead training grant

Contact directly to get an email to confirm your booking on the course. You will also need our course code which is 115.

Other training courses available

Please contact to enquire about the following training for staff:

  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training for teaching assistants
  • The Teenage Brain: Understanding brain development in adolescence and why it matters in school
  • Kindness and Happiness workshops for children
  • Childhood Trauma and Building Resilience: How children are affected by trauma and what to do in school
  • Working Memory
  • PACE Approach
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Emotion Coaching

Herefordshire Educational Psychology Service

Members of Herefordshire Educational Psychology Service can be contacted by phone.

Telephone: 01432 261584