01387 730240

Shawhead Primary School

Educational Psychology Service


Educational Psychologists aim to improve the life chances of all children and young people. Working in partnership with families and other services, we use applied psychology and knowledge of child development to address inequalities, support vulnerability and enhance inclusion. We seek to ensure that young people realise their potential to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.


We do this by:

  • Working with others in a consultative way to help them make sense of difficulties and make informed choices and decisions
  • Sharing knowledge about ‘what works’ and promoting evidence informed approaches to develop the policy and practice of literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in our educational establishments and communities
  • Raising awareness of the crucial role of communication, relationships and nurture in children’s lives
  • Training and developing the skills of other professionals to improve children’s attainment and achievement
  • Highlighting the interactive nature of assessment, teaching and learning
  • Designing and implementing interventions in partnership with others which support individuals and communities to develop resilience and ensure that children are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.
  • Supporting effective transitions (early years into primary, primary to secondary and secondary to post school) to improve the life chances of young people


The Psychological Service is based in offices in Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Annan, and each school has an identified Educational Psychologist. Further information about the service is available from the school.


Home School Link Worker Service

A Home Link Worker can meet with parents/carers, children or young people to offer advice or help with the sorts of things that can affect a child’s learning. These could be connected to a child or young person’s home or school life. The service aims to provide help and advice early and prevent something small from growing into a problem. A Head Teacher can ask for this support on a parent’s/carer’s behalf.

Shawhead Primary School


Telephone: 01387 730240

Head Teacher – Mrs. Karen Little
Present roll: 40
Number of classes: 2

Local Authority

Dumfries and Galloway Council Council Offices
English Street

Telephone: 03 03 3333000

Director Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning

Colin Grant
30 Edinburgh Road

Telephone: 03 03 333 3000