EP Team and Plans

Bradford EPT Development Plan

Aims for 2016 – 2018

To support the delivery of Bradford’s ‘District Plan’, using psychology to enable all children have a great start and good school.

This will be achieved by:

Developing  and sustaining a skilled, robust and resilient EP team who can improve outcomes for children and young people in the district through the application of psychology

 Planned actions include:

  • the development of a recruitment and retention plan,
  • developing a Local and national presence through attendance at regional groups and courses,
  • reflection time built into time allocation to enable processing of more complex casework and personalised CPD time allocated and planned throughout the year.

Using psychology to improve outcomes for children and young people across the district

Planned actions include:

  • introduction of JAM ( Fast Track) meetings for all EHCAs;
  • development of the graduated approach and ‘My Support Plan’;
  • development of a model of continuous improvement promoted with school and setting based staff, using VIG and appropriate training and development programmes delivered by the EPT;
  • early intervention and inclusive practice promoted through evidence based EPT led projects such as ‘Visible Learning’ and ‘All Aboard’ and
  • a consultation model promoted in schools in order to improve ‘ownership’ and investment of setting staff.

Developing a robust financial model to ensure the continued sustainability and security of the EPT

Planned actions include:

  • Annual planning and booking cycle established and publicised to ensure sufficient additional EP sessions available to generate income and meet needs;
  • Annual Programme of training courses and interventions established and publicised to build capacity in schools and contribute to income generation.

In addition, there are development plans for each of the specialist senior areas, including projects such as:

Mental Health: Developing Mental Health Champions across 60 Bradford schools and disseminating psychoeducational resources throughout Bradford schools

Social Care: Developing a consultation request system will be used to provide detailed information to EPs delivering work with Looked After Children; Video Interaction Guidance being piloted to support schools and carer’s/foster parents and EP role established in understanding the prevention of child sexual exploitation.

Early Years: Develping and delivering up to date training to Early Years practitioners on attachment and neurological development and EP team contibution to the development and practical application of the nationally recognised Born in Bradford project.

Autism: EP contribution to autism multi-agency assessment processes within Bradford and input into the 3 FE colleges within Bradford to develop awareness of ASC.

16 – 25: EP Team support local authority to help schools consistently embed ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ SEND CoP expectations and liaising with YOT Manager and Leaving Care Services and explore avenues of possible joint work.

Therapeutic Apoporaches: Identify, develop and strengthen EP’s confidence and competence in their knowledge and use of specific evidence based therapeutic interventions, identify and develop bank of resources (including training) that enables therapeutic practice and organise and embed VIG / VERP training within EP team.

Bradford EPT structure chart