Educational Psychology Service News
Aberdeen Learning Festival 2017
The Educational Psychology Service attended Aberdeen Learning Festival (ALF) to showcase elements of good practice and promote the service and role of Educational Psychologists in Aberdeen City. The event was attended by a variety of professionals from Education and Children's Services as well as the voluntary sector and staff from both Aberdeenshire and Moray councils.
The Educational psychology Service also facilitated a workshop entitled Using Visuals To Support Learning Across Your School. The workshop discussed how visuals can be used effectively to support learning. The purpose of using visuals and advice on when they are most effective was highlighted, along with example resources and materials.
Validated Self Evaluation
February 2017 : Preparation and Planning
The Educational Psychology Service are preparing for an Education Scotland HMI VSE process taking place on Monday and Tuesday 27th & 28th February. Further updates to follow.
January 2016 : Final Report and Action Plan
In the week commencing January 18th 2016, the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) arranged a number of self-valuation activities as part of the EPS Validated Self-Evaluation (VSE) in conjunction with Education Scotland. This is part of a national two year review process of VSE across all local authority psychological services in Scotland. During the week the EPS engaged with a wide range of internal and external partners including colleagues from Education Scotland.
Across the eight self-evaluation activities a total of 47 internal partners from Education and Children's Services (ECS) participated together with 22 external partners representing the NHS, parents and carers, young people, fostering agencies, North East Scotland College, Police Scotland, Skills Development Scotland and Third Sector colleagues.
The week provided opportunities for dynamic, honest discussion and debate with a clear focus on outcomes, actions and the evaluation of impact. As the week progressed, EPs (Educational Psychologists) further developed their ability to ask focused, challenging questions. Many of the partners involved reflected on the opportunity the activities had presented to both identify the unique contribution of the EPS and to create space and synergy for the development of new ideas.
Working Group Updates
- The new service leaflets are now available on the website and will also be sent out to families when new case files are opened.
- Following the success of the Aberdeen Learning Festival, we are now working towards developing our stall for the Scottish Learning Festival in September 2017, which will showcase projects, resources and research within the EPS.
- Our website has been updated and will continue to be a work in progress; we hope that it is now more user-friendly and aim to publicise it more widely.
Stakeholder Feedback Group
- A proposal has been approved for a structure to review stakeholder feedback annually using our current supervision structures.
- We are reviewing exemplars from West Dunbartonshire and Dundee Educational Psychology Services for structuring reflective discussions and gathering pupil views.
- We are also exploring means for gathering stakeholder feedback regarding universal level working.
Critical Incident Group
This is a new working group, formed in September 2016. The group will aim to:
- Develop Aberdeen City Educational Psychology Service guidelines for responding to critical incidents;
- Develop training materials for schools in relation to managing critical incidents.
Inclusion Team Newsletters
Inclusion Team Newsletter December 2016
- Inclusion Team Newsletter June 2016
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