Educational psychology

The assessment process

During a consultation a need is sometimes identified that may require more detailed examination.

Assessment by a psychologist will seek the views of parents, staff and young people and help to identify and move towards better outcomes.

We use assessment to focus on what the young person can do successfully and their response to adult help as well as their difficulties. We can then discuss, with all involved, how this can be applied. 

Assessment may involve

  • discussions with staff, parents and young person
  • observation of the young person
  • individual discussion and assessment with the young person

A case study

The school reported to the psychologist that Jodie is forgetful and easily distracted in her Year 5 class. After an initial consultation with Jodie's parents and teacher, the Educational Psychologist (EP) agrees to work with Jodie to explore these issues further.

During this session, the educational psychologist carries out some activities that highlight Jodie's approach to learning including her memory. The assessment enables the psychologist to explore with Jodie how she holds new information, processes this information and recalls it most effectively.

The EP is then able to discuss with Jodie how she feels teachers could help her. A plan is then drawn up with her teacher about how best to support Jodie in class.

Statutory assessments

Statutory assessment is a legal process by which the council considers whether a pupil has special educational needs. The council will seek written advice from parents or carers, the child, school, health, psychology, social services and any others involved.

Page last updated: 12 November 2019


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