The range of services that we offer to schools is broad. Our aim is to provide practical Educational Psychology support in schools – both for pupils and staff at all stages in their careers.
We are able to bring our skills, knowledge and experience from both the education and business psychology sectors to schools. This helps us to understand both the needs and solutions required for senior leadership teams within schools, Academies and colleges, and those of the pupils and students in their care.
Examples of how we can help include:
Regular Consultations in Schools
Whether this is on a weekly, monthly, termly or other regular basis, these sessions can be used to discuss issues and pupils causing concern as well as to meet with parents and pupils. Planning the sessions in advance means that the time can be used to best effect. The regular nature of the visits allows staff and the Valuing Minds’ educational psychologist to build up a relationship over time, increasing the effectiveness of the sessions.
Educational Psychologist Referrals
If you have a concern about a specific student’s progress, their social skills, behaviour or any other aspect of their development, we are happy to accept referrals on a one-off basis. Following consultation with the teacher(s) most familiar with the student, we will work with you to develop a way forward, which would typically involve an interview with the parent(s) or carer(s), a session with the young person themselves, some form of assessment, if appropriate, and the provision of a report outlining clear recommendations and actions.
Help with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and reviews
Collecting the information for EHCPs can be a time-consuming business. We can help by conducting a comprehensive assessment of a pupils’ strengths and needs. We can then support the collation of information to help inform decisions about a child or young person’s future. EHCP reviews can be a paper-driven exercise, but this needn’t be the case. At Valuing Minds, we believe that reviews provide an ideal opportunity to put the youngster at the heart of the process and ensure that their needs and aspirations are foremost. Careful preparation for and involvement of all the key parties in the review process can lead to better quality discussions….and more useful outcomes.
Training & Supporting Teachers
We offer a wide range of training courses for both teachers and support staff in schools. These can cover a range of topics as part of an INSET day or be focussed for your school and particular requirements. We also run our Supporting Teachers programme aimed at Senior Leadership Teams in schools because we know it can be lonely at the top!
The easiest way to find out how we can help and how much it will cost is to contact us and tell us what’s on your mind.