Statutory Duties: Educational Psychology Service
The Special Educational Need's Code of Practice requires, by statute, that the local authority obtain psychological advice for any child being considered for special educational provision. This work is provided free of charge to schools by the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) once an Education, Health and Care needs assessment has been agreed.
The production of statutory psychological advice is a core function of the service and is the subject of rigorous weekly quality control. The service also helps the Authority discharge its statutory duties by:
- Attending Resource Allocation Panels to decide on changes in provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
- Attending Annual Reviews for priority cases at the request of the local authority, which can include:
- Children and young people attending Out of Authority Schools who live away from home.
- Where there are concerns about transition into a new school.
- Where there have been significant changes in the child or young person’s presentation.
- Supporting those Derby City pupils with Education, Health and Care plans in Out of Authority schools, where appropriate.
- Providing updated psychological advice as part of a re-assessment, at the request of the local authority.
- Providing advice for and attending tribunals on the request of the local authority.
- Providing reports for Derby Admissions Team to investigate the benefits of deferred entry.
For information about securing educational psychologist time that has been written into a child's draft or final EHCP please see Educational Psychologist Time Written into EHCPs.