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Educational Psychology Service – Resources Page

Welcome

Welcome to the Tower Hamlets Educational Psychology Service (THEPS) resource page. We hope you find this webpage a useful resource. It is our aim for the page to grow and evolve over time. For this to happen we will be exploring ways to gain your feedback with regards to the resources page.

As we launch our new Resources Page, we have tried to make it as user-friendly as possible. We at THEPS hope to have access to developing technology in the coming months, which will allow us to be more creative in how the resource page will look. Stay tuned to watch how it develops!

We would also like to make you aware of our new Twitter feed, which will be launching very soon. We hope this social platform will help us raise awareness of psychologically informed practice and innovation. As always, our aims are:

  • To improve outcomes for children and young people
  • To widen participation and promote inclusion
  • To support the attainment and wellbeing of all pupils but especially those who are disadvantaged or underachieving
  • To support the mental health and emotional well-being of pupils and staff in school
  • To support partnership working with parents

We will provide details of our Twitter Page once it’s live.


 

THEPS Blog Spot

Every month a member/members of the Educational Psychologists from THEPS will post a blog to share an area of interest they have, an exciting resource and/or an innovative piece of work they are involved in...

The first THEPS blog spot has been written by Daniel Tunbridge, our Principal Educational Psychologist,...Thank you Daniel!

I would like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the new THEPS Resources Page. We are very excited to be launching this page so we can keep you updated with new interventions, ideas and approaches that will improve the learning and emotional wellbeing of our children and young people. EPs help educational settings and families using applied psychology and an understanding of special educational needs and inclusive educational approaches to raise achievement and promote positive outcomes. We are involved in a lot of exciting projects and innovations, which we will be able to share with you in the future. One example of this includes our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training for staff in schools - we have recently launched training for a third cohort and are delivering supervision and continuing professional development for qualified ELSAs working in schools. You can read more about our ELSA project in our next blogspot. We are also significantly expanding our Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) offer and this will be talked about further in the coming months. Stay tuned for further updates.

We hope you enjoy our new webpage.

Daniel


THEPS Reading Corner

The EPS Reading Corner is a chance for EPs to share, think and reflect on psychologically relevant texts. These could be peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, news or magazine articles, blogs or even poems. The aim of the Reading Corner is simply to bring EPs together to think about a range of topics which might impact on our practice; which in this current climate of stretched resources and deadlines happens all too infrequently. This is an opportunity for EPs to pause and come together over something we enjoy.

For the Reading Corner in our upcoming team meeting, we are going to be looking at ADHD and gender. You can read a summary of the article we are focusing on, via the BPS Digest link below.

https://digest.bps.org.uk/2019/01/16/new-findings-could-help-explain-why-adhd-is-often-overlooked-in-girls/


 

Useful Links

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: Resources for Schools (https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/resources-for-schools/)

Millpond Sleep Clinic: Tips for supporting sleep

(https://millpondsleepclinic.com/sleep-advice/)

THEPS Research Blog: A special interest group of THEPS, focussing on research and publications (https://epsresearchtowerhamlets.wordpress.com/)

Tower Hamlets Local Offer: An online resource for Parents, Carers, Children and Young People about services and events available for the whole family within the Local Area (http://www.localoffertowerhamlets.co.uk/)

Young Minds for parents/carers: Information on mental health and phone line

(https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/)

Young Minds: Support and empowerment for young people and their mental health (https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/)


Information Sheets/Leaflets

You can find out more about our bespoke support to schools through our informational brochure

We have a dedicated guidance to our video interaction service which can be found here. There has also been guidance issued for children and young people which can be useful for explaining the process in a step by step manner. To understand more about Video Interaction Guidance, check out an introductory video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRVaL_ZlxHs).


Information for parents and carers can be found on our leaflet

We also have information on the role of educational psychologists at childrens centres and there role in helping children and young people

The EPS also has a dedicated crisis support guide which advises on support from the Educational Psychology Service for schools and local authority teams and services experiencing bereavement, trauma or other critical incidents.


Useful Documents

‘Executive Function’: What is it and how does it relate to child development?

Executive Function Skills: Enhancing and Practising with Children from Infancy to Adolescence

Growth Mindset: A Parent’s Guide

Inclusive practice: The role of mainstream schools and local authorities in supporting children with SEND.

A report published by the London Councils

Sleep relaxation for children: A guide for bedtime worries