Assessing your child's needs.
Assessments we may use in school
Much of the information we need to know how we can best support your child we can gain from professionals working in school. Teachers, SENCO, Teaching Assistants and Pupil Mentor all have experience and expertise that can be used to inform lower level special education needs.Sometimes this may include the use of specific assessment materials such as PIVATS or specific diagnostic tests.
Other agencies we can access to help assess your child
Sometimes a childs needs may require us to call upon professionals who have greater expertise in a specific area. The information that these services can provide helps us to put together a more indepth understanding of SEND children and the ways in which we might support them. Services that we might call on are:
- Community Paediatrician or GP
- Educational Psychologist (EP)
- Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT)
- Specialist Teacher Service
- Social communication outreach teams
- Sensory Impairment Service
- School Nurse
- Behaviour support services
- Local Special Needs Schools
- Education welfare Officer (EWO)
In addition to the services we can access through school, there are services which can only be accessed through your local GP or medical practitoner, e.g.
- Occupational Therapy Service
- Physiotherapy Service
Through the above assessment routes we can gain a detailed understanding of your child's needs and this helps us to plan for the provision they will need.