Definition: Education Psychology

“The promotion of learning, attainment and the healthy emotional development of young people aged 0-19, through the application of psychology, by working with early years settings, schools (and other educational providers), children and their families, practitioners and other agencies.”

(Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2009)

The Village Education Centre consults with a fully certified and licensed educational psychologist. Educational psychologists administer and interpret psychological and educational tests. These tests identify and support learning difficulties and resulting behavioral issues. The educational psychologist alongside administering tests also advises schools on modified curriculums, additional resources, assistant support and when required exam concessions.

Why Assess?

If your child is experiencing difficulties at school the underlying reasons for these problems can vary from speech and language, motivational or specific learning difficulties like dyslexia.

Children who are under achieving at school may not be reaching their full potential due to these underlying difficulties. This can lead to low motivation, self esteem and academic failure.

Therefore it is essential that your child’s difficulties are identified. Quality assessments by a team of professionals aim to identify children’s needs and support them to learn better.

Assessment FAQ

What do I need to bring to the assessment?

  • Any previous assessments
  • School Reports

How long will the assessment last?

  • The assessment duration will depend on the age and ability of the child
  • Approximately 1-2 hours

What happens during the assessment?

During the assessment the assessor will ask the child to carry out a range of interesting activities which most children find enjoyable. The activities will look at a wide range of factors that may be hindering the child’s   learning experience. A diagnostic assessment should identify learning issues; from this an appropriate programme of support can be implemented.

What’s next after the assessment?

After the assessment a meeting will be held with the parents and specialists to discuss further recommendations, curriculum modification, resources and intervention programmes to enhance learning.

Please click here (.doc) or click here (.pdf) to download the permission slip for an educational psyschologist assessment.

To book an assessment with our educational pyschologist please click here.