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Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service works to improve the wellbeing and educational outcomes of all children and young people in West Lothian through the application of psychology in practice.

Our service is an innovative and dynamic service, committed to improving the wellbeing and educational achievements of children and young people within West Lothian. We work mainly through schools and nurseries, with each establishment having a link Educational Psychologist. We work with others who are trying to help children and young people make the most of their lives. We will always seek the views of parents/carers, children and young people. Using our knowledge of psychology, child development, learning and education we provide support, training and advice.

Our vision is to improve the wellbeing and educational outcomes of all children and young people in West Lothian through the application of Psychology in practice.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Placing the needs of children and young people at the centre of everything we do
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to learning
  • Working collaboratively with our partners
  • Building capacity at individual and systemic levels
  • Operating within a context of continual improvement


Service Development

The Educational Psychology Service is committed to maintaining ongoing service development. Our Service Improvement Plan outlines our key activities for the year. It is linked to other authority planning frameworks such as the Corporate Plan and the Single Outcome Agreement. It also outlines our activities in relation to key national initiatives.

Overall, we continually work to ensure that the children and young people of West Lothian receive a high quality, evidence-based Educational Psychology Service that is responsive to need and to the demands of our continually changing educational landscape.         

Click on the links to see our pdf icon Service Improvement Plan 2017-2018 [348kb] and our pdf icon Standards and Quality Newsletter 2016-2017 [1Mb].

For an overview of how the work of the Educational Psychology Service contributes directly to the 'How Good is our School 4' Indicators and the National Improvement Framework, please see the documents below.

pdf icon Educational Psychology Service - HGIOS 4 Overview 2017-2018 [173kb] 

pdf icon Educational Psychology Service Contribution 2017-2018 - National Improvement Framework [124kb]


Helpful Information

West Lothian LAC DMS Training Event 2017 Resource
Supporting Children and Young People at Risk of Self-Harm: Multi-agency Guidance
Pupil Support Workers' Conference Resources (September 2017)

Additional resources from our previous Pupil Support Workers' Conferences can be found in Useful Resources

Raising Attainment Information Leaflets
Insights into...Learning and Teaching

We have been developing a series of information sheets which provide an overview of four key areas of evidence-based practice relating to learning and teaching. It is hoped that this series will be informative and support schools to develop their teaching practice through strategies informed by research. As these have just been launched, we would welcome any feedback!


Insights into...Health and Wellbeing


Educational Psychology Service consultations ''You Said/We Did" can be accessed via Consultation and Customer Engagement