What is an Educational Psychologist?

Educational psychologists are trained to understand how children:


  • develop from babies to young people
  • learn new skills
  • can be helped to overcome difficulties as they grow up.

In North Ayrshire psychologists visit all schools regularly. They are asked to assist with many different things at school – such as advising teachers, parents and pupils. They try to make it easier for children and young people to learn and be happy and confident.

The psychologist will talk to the adults who work with and look after you. If a psychologist is coming, don’t worry. He or she will listen to what you say and look for ways to make things better.

Why do schools ask for help from an Educational Psychologist?
There can be many reasons, for example:

  • to help you with reading, writing or other school tasks
  • to give you more support in your life outside school
  • to help you concentrate
  • to help you relate to others and make friends
  • to help you with feelings and how these affect ways of behaving.

Whatever the reasons, the psychologist is there to help make things better at school.

What will happen?
The psychologist may:

  • talk first to your parent or carer and your school to find out why they are looking for help
  • meet with you to talk, listen to your views and explain what they will do (however, the psychologist does not always meet with young people on their own)
  • look at your work and find out more about what you do best
  • work with your school and your parent or carer and yourself.

After the support has been in place for a while, the psychologist will come back and check that it is helping and then you will be able to share your views.


  • Educational psychologists are here to help.
  • Many children and young people may see a psychologist at some time during their school career.
  • Sometimes the psychologist can help without meeting you.
  • What you tell the psychologist is confidential, but there may be times when he or she needs to share information with other people in order to help you best.
  • You can always ask questions about what the psychologist is doing.
  • You can tell the psychologist how well you think any support is helping.

If you have any questions or comments, we would like to hear them.

You can contact us at:
Psychological Service
5th Floor
Cunninghame House
Irvine, KA22 8EE

Telephone: 01294 324500

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