Have been told that schools can no longer bring an ed. psych. in to do assessments, but we will have to pay privately. Other people have said that the school has to pay from their own pocket and most don't but some do. Does anyone know what the situation is or does it vary school to school/county to county?
We are in Wales so maybe different to England/Scotland but my DS is definitely on a waiting list to be seen by the Ed Psych in school. I am fairly certain that they only have a certain number of slots so they give them to the kids that they think need them most, but because DS has a dx the school automatically referred him.
Also in Wales and DD was just seen by EP in School which the school sorted out. Think the EP works for LEA so money comes from a central place not form the school direct. (Could be wrong here tho). DD had already been discussed in an Entry to Education meeting in June before she started school (following paed appt) and it was recommended and agreed there. She is 3.8 and only just started school, but was seen in the first 2 weeks. They did tell me that there is an EP allocated to my DD school but she also covers a lot of the local area so very busy!! But as far as Im aware in this area its still available for free.
The provision of an EP service is a statutory duty. Tell the school and the Principle EP at County Hall what you have been told and that if you do not get a full EP assessment including a complete WISC IV or BAS IQ test , not hte short for, and a full set of attainment tests, spelling, reading comprehension and maths, then you will formally complain to the Chief Executive. They will back down. If you cant do that then go to a privte EP adn get a decent report and give that to the LA. They wont like that. Tell the EP that you want it for a Tribunal to make sure it has the necessary degree of specificity. There ae differnet standards of reports. The tribunal report should be more detailed and tell the reader what support he will need. That will be the key issue. Good luck.
Thanks everyone. wasuup, that seems to be what is happening here. As friend with child on SENS register was told if she didn't get her child assessed earlier this year that it wouldn't be on offer later. Equally Nigel1 I agree it's hard to believe this can be true and thanks for info. about different standards of report. My son is not on SENS register and they are saying he may have slow processing. He is one of the best readers in the class, can spell fine, maths ok, but reluctant to write and low productivity. Senco want's to do Phonological Assessment Battery (can't remember exact name of test) but when looked at it on internet, seems more appropriate for struggling readers. Not got a great deal of confidence in schools diagnostics, so have said would like to go for Ed Psyc. assessment as his difficulties may be subtle, poor short term working memory for eg. Don't want to spend £4oo pounds though if I don't have to as ds1 have been told could do with a full diagnostic ed Psych. assessment also. Maybe they could do a Bogoff offer. .