What to expect

Following referral, in order to fully understand the child’s strengths and needs, a consultation will be held with parents/carers, school staff, and the child or young person. A school-based observation may be carried out if relevant.


Children and young people will be invited to work individually (with support of known adults if they prefer) to complete a range of assessments which can take between one to three hours with breaks. The nature of individual work will vary according to the needs identified and the age of the child or young person. This could include the use of standardised assessments for cognitive ability, attainment and emotional well-being, or dynamic approaches as required. For young children, a child friendly play-based assessment is often most appropriate.


An assessment can be completed within school (with permission from staff) or at the Apthorp Centre. Home visits can be arranged on request.


Following the above a full report will be provided.


What is the role of an Educational  Psychologist?

Educational Psychologists have an undergraduate psychology degree, a postgraduate certificate in Education, and a post graduate training in Educational Psychology.  They are trained to work with, observe and assess the behavioural, social, emotional, and educational problems and needs of children and young people.

Educational Psychologists work, in partnership with families and other professionals, to improve the child's experience of learning and to help children and young people achieve their full potential.  Using their training in psychology and their knowledge of child development, they assess any difficulties the children may be having with their learning, and provide advice and guidance to the  child, parents, and teachers on how to help the child learn and develop. Strategies may include, for example, teaching approaches, changes to learning environments, advice on materials, and behaviour support.


Support offered

Services for Children and Families:


  • Individual Assessment of children 6-16 which can include:

    • a full cognitive assessment

    • consultation with parent/carer 1.5 hrs 

    • discussion with school staff,

    • school observation

    • discussion with child/young person

    • full written report outlining results of assessments, impressions and recommendations.


  • Diagnostic assessment for dyslexia​

  • Screening assessments for ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, or other neurodevelopmental issues, with signposting for further diagnostic assessment as appropriate.

  • Consultation to support parents/carers for children and young people 0-25 which could include briefer involvement through consultation individually or collaboratively with key adults to explore the current issues and agree upon next steps. There may be a short observation or discussion with the pupil where relevant. All works will be recorded, and further actions agreed within a written brief summary. This should take up to approximately 1-2 hours.

Services for Parents:

  • Consultations with parents regarding parenting children with neurodevelopmental challenges such as ADHD.

  • Joint working with the Clinical Psychologists to support schools to understand a child or young person's mental health needs, alongside their learning needs, and to implement recommendations within the school setting. This could include supporting children who are struggling to attend school to transition back into school, or to consider alternative educational provision.


Services For Schools:


  • School based consultation about a named pupil- consultation session (1.5 hrs) and observation or discussion with the pupil (30mins) culminating in a one page summary of discussion - approximately 2-2.5 hours

  • School -based consultation about an un-named pupil or group of children to support school or organisation planning 1.5 hour discussion and 30 min summary/plan

  • School support package for ADHD/VAST including a bespoke combination including information sessions, solution circles, Individual or small group support sessions with parents and support sessions with pupils 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs and to gather further information.