Frequently Asked Questions
What is your background and experience of working in education?
I have substantional and up to date experience of working within educational services. I worked as an EP for Cornwall Council for nine years, and prior to that worked as a teacher for ten years in Kent and also abroad.
What are your qualifications?
I have a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the Institute of Education in London. I also have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (P.G.C.E).
Which professional bodies do you belong to?
I am a member of the Association of Educational Psychologists, the professional association and trade union for EPs in the UK. I am also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the UK regulator of a number of professions, including EPs.
How do you ensure that the data you hold is safe?
All data held by Cornwall Psychology Ltd is fully compliant with the requirements of the Data Protection Act. In addition to this, all computer data is fully encrypted, files are professionally archived when required and data no longer needed is securely destroyed.
What other measures do you put in place to assure your clients?
Training and ongoing professional development is an integral part of the business plan. Membership of the HCPC means that I comply with the appropriate regulations in place, and remain fit to practise as an EP. Enhanced DBS checks are also carried out every three years.
What are the advantages of having a contract with you, rather than simply asking you to do a one off assessment?
If you opt for a contract, you will become one of my primary clients, and the needs of your school/college will always come first. The time you buy in is guaranteed through the year. This means that the work can be effectively planned, ensuring that children/young people who need EP involvement can be prioritised. Finally, it is more cost effective to contract me in.
What length of contract do you recommend?
Two year contracts work best, as this allows us to build up robust working relationships. It also means that you fix your costs for the two year period. If this is not possible, a minimum of one year is recommended.
Do you charge for all the time you spend with us?
No, we recognise that investing in you as a valued client reaps its own rewards. So, each client is offered at least one introductory session free of charge. Any preparation time needed for training sessions is also free.
What are the main benefits to my school/college?
My service is designed to be an asset to the whole educational community, with established working relationships and knowledge of children and families becoming more valuable over time. The role of an EP is often compared to that of a critical friend, that is, somebody who really understands your institution and how it functions, and uses their professional knowledge to support you.