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 directly linked to both the National Improvement Framework and How Good Is Our School 4 to demonstrate impact.

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 Icon for pdf Educational Psychology Service Improvement Plan 2019-2020 [241.76KB] and our Education Psychology Service - Standards & Quality Overview .

Service Information

Coronavirus Information

Telephone Support Service Flyer Icon for pdf West Lothian EPS Telephone Support Service [215.53KB]

More information can be found in the 'Coronavirus - Helpful Resources' tile at the bottom of this page.

Service Information

Please find information about our work in schools here Icon for pdf Handbook for Schools [3.97MB]

Please find some general information about the services we provide here Icon for pdf Service Information Leaflet [212.19KB]

West Lothian Nurture Pre-training Audio Presentation

West Lothian Educational Psychology - GDPR Guidelines

Continuum of Support Information - Session October 2018

West Lothian LAC DMS Training Event 2017 Resource

A Whole Community Approach to Supporting Children and Young People with Loss and Bereavement

Supporting Children and Young People at Risk of Self-Harm: Multi-agency Guidance

Pupil Support Workers' Conference Resources (October 2018)

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

We usually get involved when a school has already tried a range of intervention strategies and is now looking for additional advice or support.
How to find out the link Education Psychologist for your child/school.
The West Lothian Educational Psychology Service is part of the Education Quality Assurance Service.
Frequently Asked questions about the role of the Educational Psychologist and the Educational Psychology Service.
West Lothian Educational Psychology Service has a commitment to supporting schools and other services within the Authority in carrying out research.
West Lothian Council Educational Psychology Service (WL EPS) completed a very successful Validated Self-Evaluation (VSE) process in partnership with Education Scotland in June 2015.
Useful resources for schools and families.