Educational Psychology

Our service

Our service is here to make a positive difference to the lives of all children and young people in Midlothian.

We are a forward looking team committed to supporting personal development, multi-agency working and innovative practice. Our work embraces all areas of the education service and much of our work is done in collaboration with others and those who access the service.

How we can help

  • We support children and young people's development, learning and behaviour at school. 
  • We work with others to identify and understand children's needs, particularly where additional support may be required. 
  • This helps you as parents/carers, the school and the education authority to make informed choices about meeting your child's needs.
  • We work with school staff, parents/carers and other professionals such as speech and language therapists and social workers, to help children and young people achieve.

How we become involved

  • We can only become involved with your permission.
  • Your child's school already has a system for monitoring and reviewing the progress of all children and young people.
  • Each school has a named (or 'Link') Educational Psychologist who visits the school regularly. During these visits school staff may discuss any general concerns or issues they have.
  • If teachers feel they have tried all their strategies to support your child, they may seek further advice and support from the Educational Psychologist.

How to access the service

Download our leaflets for further information:

Requests usually come through schools, nurseries or other educational establishments. Please contact your school directly and they will get in touch with us on your behalf.

If you still have concerns after this, contact us directly via our School Allocation List.

What happens next

The school will arrange a meeting with you, the Educational Psychologist, school staff and other appropriate parties. 

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  • find out how things have been recently 
  • find out what is working and what is not
  • develop an action plan so we all know what we can do