Local Authorities

We’re here when you need us

Our services are available to schools & Local Authorities only, we do not accept private referrals from families directly.

We’re committed to providing qualified, LA trained and experienced EPs within days.  Our experienced EPs are able to offer assessments both in person and remotely, ensuring that they are of the highest standard.

We’re committed to carrying out high-quality, comprehensive and cost-effective educational assessments within the strict timelines set out in the SEND Code of Practice.

Our dedicated staff will managing the whole process for you from start to finish.

The good news is we’re committed to supplying all of this, without the need for a long-term commitment from you.  But, if you are looking to develop more of an ongoing partnership, we have also become an integral part of many Local Authority EP services, providing them with vital support in meeting their statutory commitments.

As part of our commitment to investing in the profession we are working with our Local Authority clients to assist in developing their Assistant EP an Trainee EP programmes, offering a diverse range of work and experience, research opportunities, training and supervision with an aim of making a positive contribution to the profession through securing more successful applications for training and then educational psychology posts thereafter.

As the UK’s leading provider of Independent Educational Psychology services, we have the capacity to support the fluctuating demands made of Local Authorities in completing EHC needs assessments and plans, flexibly and to the highest standards possible. We also make the process pain-free for you, taking pressure off heavy workloads by handling all administration, planning assessment dates, liaison with schools and ensuring crucial reports are delivered on time.

Both quality, and quantity

Our extensive national network of over 1000 qualified and registered Psychologists means that not only do we have sufficient Educational Psychologists available to meet your demands, but they are of the highest calibre. Thoroughly vetted, they will have experience in Local Authorities and be accustomed to carrying out assessments incorporating a range of effective methods including interviews, written and psychometric tests and observations. Our EPs will work collaboratively with other professionals involved in the young person’s development, carefully analyse the outcomes of tests and provide a comprehensive, practical, written report using your template if required. Our comprehensive referral process means we gather and securely share all the information needed to ensure the EP is sufficiently well-informed to start the assessment promptly, wasting no time getting acquainted with the background to the child’s case.

Support that goes further

In line with our commitment to a flexible Educational Psychology service to Local Authorities, our support can go further. If you need us to supply training for teachers or SENCOs, mediation,  educational support in specialist settings or work directly with children with learning difficulties, we can do that too, always to the highest standards and cost effectively.

Our assessments and SEN support services include:
  • Assistance with the Education, Health & Care (EHC) needs assessments and plans
  • Educational Psychology assessments and reports including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia
  • Specialist Educational Psychology assessment of autistic spectrum disorders
  • Educational Psychology consultations and support with parents
  • Educational Psychology training and information for staff
  • Psychological Assessments of children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural and emotional difficulties
  • Psychological Assessments of children and adolescents with attachment difficulties
  • Behavioural intervention and training
  • Facilitation of difficult meetings between staff and parents
  • Staff development and training including managing difficult behaviour, raising attainment and individual education plans

For fast access to qualified Educational Psychologists at competitive rates, contact us now.

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Why Psychology Direct?

  • We have the capacity to provide qualified, vetted EPs when Local Authorities are facing a challenging demand on resources
  • We can help you clear a backlog of assessments and meet EHC needs assessment timelines
  • CVs and quotations of qualified EPs provided within 48 hours of enquiry and your chosen EP available within days
  • All EPs are HCPC registered, have enhanced DBS certificate and are on the DBS update service
  • Our EPs will have experience of working with LAs, including using standard report templates
  • Competitive rates, efficient service and added benefits that will see you get excellent value for money
  • No contract or commitment, use our service flexibly as and when you need it, one off or longer term work all possible
  • Reports supplied to a high quality and with practical, useful recommendations within required deadlines
  • EPs experienced in working in partnership with other professionals
  • EPs will take the time needed to explain and discuss recommendations
  • EPs will incorporate a variety of methods in their assessment including interviews with the child and parents/carers, interviews with SENCO/teachers, written and verbal psychometric tests and classroom observations
  • Further support including training, mediation and support with long term educational planning is available
  • Wide network of qualified Psychologists available with experience in all specialisms across Psychology and Educational Psychology
  • All Psychologists are HCPC registered, have the enhanced DBS certificate and are on the DBS update service
  • Competitive rates
  • High-quality reports and recommendations produced quickly
  • Further ongoing expert Psychological support available as required
  • Client team dedicated to an empathetic, friendly, efficient and professional service
  • All administration handled by us
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Our fully vetted Psychiatrists are qualified and Section 12 approved to provide detailed, medically-based analysis and assessment of a person’s state of mind or mental health.

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Your questions answered

Unfortunately, we are unable to assist self-referred, private individuals but if you visit the following websites you can find directories of independent psychologists across the UK:

Yes, absolutely. All our Educational Psychologists are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, have been through enhanced DBS checks, have experience in schools and LAs, undertake CPD and have professional indemnity insurance.

At Psychology Direct we have the largest UK-wide network of qualified Psychologists, so we are well placed to quickly secure and provide an EP, despite the challenges presented by the national shortage.

As soon as our Client Management team receive your enquiry, we’ll get on the case and supply CVs and quotes to you within 24 hours. Depending upon EP availability, normally we can arrange an appointment within two to three weeks, but often sooner.

Quality is paramount in everything that we do and the quality of reports is overseen by our Client Managers.

Not only will we ensure reports are delivered to the timescales needed, but all reports will be 100% proofread and quality checked. We’ll ensure all questions are answered, the report fulfils the purpose needed and that recommendations are comprehensive and offer practical, useful and clear guidance to parents, families and all education professionals involved in the case.

All our EPs are registered with The Health & Care Professions Council and therefore your Local Authority should have no reason to refuse our EPs’ reports as part of their EHC needs assessment.  However, we would encourage you to have that conversation with them in advance.