Psychological Advice: Coronavirus and UK School Closures
Delivering private educational psychology services to schools across Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties
"It is such a relief and a joy to work with someone who has the children's best interests at heart. The children we work have complex lives and need every bit of support we can give them. You always make me feel the children are in safe hands with you."
The Calming Cat, with 140 coaching cards, giving insight, advice and activities to facilitate conversations with children about their feelings, thoughts and behaviours
Educational psychologist led training for schools and parents
Our team of nine Educational Psychologists help schools, other educational settings and parents across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and neighbouring counties. We help children and young people aged 0 to 25 by providing advice and training on how schools, parents and carers might help children who are struggling at school or college.
Educational Psychologist support can be requested due to concerns regarding learning difficulties/ special educational needs. Did you know, in Buckinghamshire 12.7% of pupils have an EHC Plan or receive SEN Support, in Oxfordshire its 15.9% and Northamptonshire 13% (as of January 2019, Dept of Education). Across these 3 counties this is 46,068 pupils.
Annual contracts run over the academic year. Orders are taken during the Summer term, ready for the work to begin in September. A minimum of 3 days can be ordered, but any number of days above 3 can be purchased and will be delivered over 12 months. Delivery of annual contracts takes priority over mid year ad hoc work. As part of the contract the psychologist will hold a phone planning meeting with the school to discuss their requirements at no extra charge.
Schools are welcome to contact P4L to request individual pieces of work / ad hoc days of work throughout the academic year. However, we will need to check educational psychologist availability before accepting the order as work on annual contracts takes priority.
Consists of a 45 minute phone discussion between the school and the Educational Psychologist, plus 15 minute report writing by the psychologist to ensure there is a record of the discussion.
P4L is able to provide bespoke training delivered on school site. Training can be for school staff or parents. Further details can be found on the training page.
The psychologist may recommend implementing a specific intervention. The psychologist will be able to advise on how to run the intervention, can offer training to school staff so that they run the intervention, or can manage its implementation on the schools behalf.
Educational Psychologists can provide individual or group supervision for school staff, thus providing school professionals with a trusted environment in which to review, discuss and problem solve.
Parents can also directly purchase the services of P4L Educational Psychologists. If a parent / carer has concerns regarding their child’s learning, they can purchase time with an educational psychologist. Where ever possible the work is undertaken on school site, with the full cooperation of school staff. The work usually entails a psychologist led consultation meeting with school staff and parents, pupil observation in school, and 1 to 1 assessments with the child / young person.
Mental health and Wellbeing programme – a skill development programme for primary school children
30cm high cuddly cat – the product includes a weighted, 30cm tall, fabric and velour cat for children to cuddle
Contains 140 coaching cards – helping children to learn how their bodies react to feelings and how to manage them. Can be used 1 to 1 with pupils or as a whole class resource.
Available to buy now – the Calming Cat is available to buy from TTS
Special Educational Needs
Asperger’s Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition, which affects about 1 in 200 people, more commonly in men than women. Those with Asperger’s Syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence.
ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
ASD is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It’s estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
Dyspraxia is a developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), affecting physical co-ordination that causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for his or her age, and appear to move clumsily.
Dyscalculia is usually perceived of as a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic
Dyslexia is a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
There are a range of catch-up literacy interventions that can be used with children and young people.
There are a range of numeracy based interventions that can be used with children and young people.
… such a comprehensive report. It is very clear to see needs, strengths and really useful advice and practical suggestions to use.
SENCO, Oxfordshire Primary School
Extra information …
Other websites – links to other websites that contain useful information regarding learning disabilities, SEND, interventions etc.
External documents – links to a range of external documents related to children and young people with special educational needs.
Parent Leaflet – providing a short overview of educational psychology and what to expect when working with an educational psychologist.
Recommended Books – books recommended by our educational psychologists, covering a wide range of subjects, and suitable for parents, families and schools.