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Blackpool Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology team is one of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services. We work with children and young people to identify, support and overcome any issues they may face during their time in education. We aim to remove any barriers to learning, raise achievement, promote social inclusion and improve emotional wellbeing. 

We are the principal provider of Educational Psychology services to Blackpool schools.

We work in:

  • Early Years settings
  • Mainstream primary and secondary settings
  • Special Education settings
  • Further Education
  • Specialist "Out of Borough" provision
  • Other services

We work with: 

  • Individual children and young people
  • Schools & Colleges
  • Early Years settings
  • Parents and carers
  • Colleagues in other services and agencies, including the health authority (NHS), Social Care and voluntary organisations

Typically, Educational Psychologists offer help with difficulties relating to:

  • learning and access to the curriculum
  • the development of appropriate behaviour in school
  • emotional health and well-being
  • language, social understanding and social skills.

Our team also contributes to:

  • National initiatives e.g. Headstart and Betterstart
  • Strategic work
  • School development work

Who can use this service ?

  • Children and young people who attend Blackpool settings or who are Blackpool residents

Who to contact

Contact Name
Wendy Thorley

Where to go

Postal address
PO Box 4

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details


Requests for Consultation are made by schools or colleges or, in the case of Early Years children, from Nurseries or the Health Authority.  


Educational Psychologists cannot work with children under 16, or Young People who lack the capacity to consent, without the consent of their parent / carer. If over the age of 16, with the mental capacity to give this, consent has to be gained from the young person.

All state funded settings are entitled to a core allocation of time from the Educational Psychology Service (EPS), which is free at the point of delivery. If settings require more time from the EPS, then they are able to purchase additional sessions to fit their needs / requirements.

Feedback about our Service:

Following our involvement with a child or young person, we send out an email requesting feedback about our service.  The email includes a link to an on-line survey which takes about 5 minutes to complete.

The on-line survey can be accessed from the following link - EPS Online Survey

If you require a paper copy of the survey to complete, please contact the EPS team by email of phone number listed ablove.

Other notes

Further information about the work of Educational (and other) Psychologists may be found at the following websites:

The British Psychological Society:

The Association of Educational Psychologists:


Educational Psychologist are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and registration details can be confirmed at their website:

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (3-4 years)
Birth (0-2)
Secondary (11-15 years)
Primary (5-10 years)
Adulthood (16-25)
 Last updated: 07 Jul 2020