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Bury Educational Psychology Service (EPS) offers a wide range of evidence based psychological services. The service carries out identification and assessment of children and young people's needs and provides intervention and recommendations by working directly with children and young people and consulting with others involved with them. Bury EPS fulfils the Local Authority's Statutory duties under section 321 of the Education Act 1996. We also deliver training, research, project, intervention and strategic work in a number of related areas both within schools and across Children's Services. Written feedback is always provided following EPS involvement.
The EPS is positioned within the Inclusion and Vulnerable Children Division and works closely with the Special Educational Needs Team, Additional Needs Team, Pupil Learning Centre Outreach Team, Attendance Team and the Anti-bullying Co-ordinator. Bury EPS is also part of a tripartite jointly managed Service with Wigan and Salford EPS which has a shared Executive Principal (EP). The Bury team is currently made up of an EPS Manager and Deputy Principal EP (DPEP), two Senior EPs, 3 Specialist Practitioner EPs and 3 main grade EPs which make up in total the equivalent of 6 and a half full time positions. Senior EPs have specialisms in Early Years and Emotional Health and Well-Being and Specialist Practitioners have specialisms in Cognition and Learning, Early Years and Emotional Health and Well-Being. The Service links with the University of Manchester and currently has a Year 2 TEP on a bursary placement. Each member of the team is linked to specific designated schools and they also have developed their own specialist knowledge in particular areas of psychology. The Service has excellent links with the University of Manchester and we currently have a number of Trainees on placement with us. The EP Team Manager and one of the Senior EPs are associate tutors on the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology course at Manchester University. In addition, one of our Senior EPs works jointly with the Health Service as part of a multi-agency team at the Child Development Centre.
Bury EPS are very familiar with the context, communities and other support services associated with Bury schools and early years settings and we have continued positive working relationships with them and other Bury support teams. Thus we are best placed to carry out EP work in Bury settings.