As an educational psychologist my job is to help children and young people who are experiencing problems in school. I am trained to work with any child experiencing difficulties but some of the most common types of difficulties that I see in children and young people include problems with:
Before you come to see me I will have asked you to fill in a pre-assessment form that will give me a family and school history of your child.
I also ask that the school fill in a pre-assessment form so that I know what has been happening at school and what teachers have done to support your child. I would like to see the individual educational support plans, (used to be universally known as IEP’s but now have a variety of names), the school SENCo should give you copies of these when they are written.
When you come to see me I will then be able to focus on specific concerns. The background information is a part of the assessment of your child. I may also find it useful to observe in school, although this is not always necessary and I generally use a range of standardised tests to assess your child, usually in a 1-1 situation.
At the end of this I will write a report that will make recommendations on actions for teachers and probably parents.
I will also support parents in their quest for formal assessment through the local authority where it is appropriate. If you need me to I will consult with multi-agency teams to offer advice on the most appropriate approaches for children and young people. There will be an additional charge for the time for such work.
UK local authorities employ their own EP’s to work in their schools. I am employed directly by a number of schools as their EP and by other schools where they feel that they do not have enough EP time and buy in additional EP time for assessment.
In schools I can offer a collaborative approach with teachers, SENCo’s and management.