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Sheffield Educational Psychology Service

Educational Psychologists work mainly with schools and places where children are educated. We help to find solutions to worries and concerns people might have about how children are developing, progressing or learning. We often work with children who are the most vulnerable and have the greatest complexity of needs.


Mainly a specialist service but timely intervention can sometimes prevent issues becoming more complex.

  • The Service consists of a team of Educational Psychologists and an admin team.
  • There are 22 psychologists, some working part time and others full time. This is the equivalent of Just over 18 full time posts for the whole of the city.
  • The Service is currently managed by two Principal Educational Psychologists, supported by three Senior Educational Psychologists.
  • The service has a specialist senior Educational Psychologists for Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • All Educational Psychologists are qualified practitioners, and registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)
  • Most practicing psychologists are also members of the Association of Educational Psychologists, and/or the British Psychological Service

Who to contact

Contact Name
Martin Hughes
Contact Position
Principal Educational Psychologist
0114 2506800
Sheffield Education Psychology Service

Where to go

Sheffield Educational Psychology Service
S1 4PL

The Service works out in the community, directly in schools, visiting families and attending meetings in a range of settings. The Moorfoot Base is not open to the public.


When is it on?

Time of day
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Inclusion Information

Supports special needs and disabilities
Special needs and disabilities experience
No diagnosis yet
Social, emotional and mental health needs
Speech, Language & Communication needs
Down's Syndrome
Visual impairment
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulty
Severe Learning Difficulty
Moderate Learning Difficulty

Other Details


No charge for families for the Service.
Referral required
Age Range
0 years to 25 years

Local Offer

  • The service advises the Local Authority on children and young people’s special educational needs and disabilities in order to assist the Local Authority to fulfil its statutory duties.
  • Educational Psychologists offer consultation support to all school settings and facilitate group consultations for SENCOs in each locality. They also carry out psychological assessments, produce reports summarising their findings, and offer guidance about interventions to enable children and young people learn effectively and be included.
  • Educational Psychologists work in a range of settings other than schools – with Fostering and Adoption Panels, with Health teams and other partners and delivering training for parents, other professionals as well as with school staff.
  • With timely intervention, children and young people are better supported to develop social, emotional and academic skills to maximise their independence.
  • Every school in the city is provided with support from the Educational Psychology Service and the activities undertaken are negotiated between the school and Educational Psychologist.
  • The Service also has a strategic role in helping schools manage critical incidents, and has a wide range of resources and experience supporting professional colleagues and families when children and young people are facing challenge and change in their personal and family lives.
Contact Name
Martin Hughes
Contact Telephone
0114 2506800
Contact Email
Sheffield Educational Psychology Service website
Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

General Extended Local Offer Response

Eligibility criteria for your service and any priority groups 
  • Children and young people who have, or are likely to have complex and long term special educational needs and disabilities. Looked After Children who are in public care are also prioritised.
  • Parental/Carer consent is always required before direct involvement with children is agreed.
  • Most often involvement is via the school SENCO or through request for involvement from another profession or service.
  • General advice on child development issues, information leaflets and sign posting to useful websites and resources is available to any parent, professional and young person on request (in writing, email or telephone call ) as part of our open access policy.


Do you operate a waiting list? 
Staffing arrangements details 

For families whose first language is not English, arrangements can be made for interpreters to be available. Alternatively, staff in school or early year’s settings can assist with communication

Staff training to support children/young people with SEND 

This is an integral element in the professional training and practice of all qualified Educational Psychologists

Communicating with service users details 
  • Feedback may take place in a number of ways, consent for Educational Psychologist direct involvement with children and young people is always required, although may be done via school or setting in some cases.
  • The views of parents/carers as well as young people are always an important element of any involvement with the Service.
  • There may be a written report, summary or verbal discussion to explain any written report, but email and telephone contact are sometimes more practical or appropriate
  • If parents/carers are concerned about a child’s educational progress and achievement, the first step for parents is to talk to staff at their child’s school.
  • The class teacher/tutor can discuss details further with the school SENCo who can then, if necessary draw advice from a range of external support services, including the Educational Psychology Service, for advice and possible involvement.
  • For non-educational concerns, open access arrangements are available for initial discussion with an Educational Psychologist. General advice on child development issues, information leaflets and sign posting to useful websites and resources is available to any parent, professional and young person on request (in writing, email or telephone call ) as part of our open access policy but follow-up work or contact with young people may not be available.

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