Educational psychology

What to expect from educational psychologist involvement

When an educational psychologist becomes involved, they will usually attempt to develop an overall picture of your child by completing a number of activities. These may include:

  • observing your child at pre-school, school or college
  • discussing your child's strengths and needs with yourself, key members of staff at your child’s school and any other professionals that may be supporting your child, e.g. a paediatrician, speech and language therapist
  • talking to your child about the things they like, their strengths and the things they can find difficult
  • carrying out activities or assessments with your child in order to develop a better understanding of their strengths and needs
  • meeting with you and school staff to discuss outcomes, strategies to support them and agree an action plan

The educational psychologist will write a report, known as a consultation record, which will summarise your child's identified needs and actions which were agreed in consultation with yourself and the school. Your child’s school will then be responsible for implementing any agreed actions and reviewing your child's progress.

What may the educational psychologist wish to discuss with you?

Things you may wish to think about or discuss beforehand

  • your views regarding your child's strengths and interests
  • your child's developmental progress and any medical needs they may have
  • any challenges you may be experiencing at home
  • how your child interacts with adults and children outside school
  • how you feel your child is progressing at school
  • your aspirations (desired outcomes) for your child moving forward