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SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Educational Psychology Service - Introduction

The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a specialised response to children/young people whose progress in educational settings is presenting serious concerns to their parents/carers and to staff who teach that child/young person. Support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested in most cases by:

  • a school/academy, 
  • the local authority, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

The EPS is based at Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV4 9QX.

Requests from schools

At the beginning of each financial year, schools ask for an agreed total number of hours from the EPS. In exceptional circumstances, schools may request additional hours from the EPS during the course of that financial year. At the beginning of each school term, the EP and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) meet to agree the work that the EP will complete over the course of the term. 

How to access educational psychology in Coventry

Coventry City Council’s Educational Psychology team (EPS) provides services for children and young people with significant or complex special educational needs. In most cases, support from an Educational Psychologist (EP) needs to be requested by:

  • the local authority, 
  • a school or academy that has purchased support from the team, or
  • in the case of early years children (i.e. before the age that statutory schooling begins), the Health Authority, Early Years settings, other Local Area support services or parents who are due to move to live in this Local Area. 

Requests from the Local Authority

The Local Authority commissions the EP team to complete a range of work on its behalf. This includes EHC Needs Assessments, work with Early Years children, work in special schools and work with children and young people attending out-of-city provision. Support is usually requested by the Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SARS). 

Requests from parents, carers and young people

If parents or carers have concerns that their child has special educational needs and wish for the involvement of an EP, they should raise their concerns with the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in the first instance. 
If a parent or carer contacts the EP team directly to request involvement, the EP may agree to discuss the parent or carer’s concerns at the next Planning Meeting. A representative from the school will then inform the parent or carer of any actions that are agreed.  

Gaining parental consent

Parental consent is necessary for an EP to start work with a young person and to process their personal information. This is usually gained from parents, carers or the young person themselves by the SENCo of the setting they attend.

Children receiving education at home

Requests for EP support for children who are electively home educated, should be addressed to the SARS team in the first instance.

For more information, please visit the Educational Psychology website.

The Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Coventry’s Revised Neurodevelopmental Pathway has been created to improve the support for parents and carers of children and young people with social communication difficulties that may be linked to autism.

Health and education professionals have gathered the views of parents/carers, schools and GPs  in order to make the pathway more user-friendly and supportive. They want families and professionals to be able to work together more easily.

For more information please visit The Neurodevelopmental Pathway Leaflets and Forms page 

Here you can find more information about the Neurodevelopmental pathway in Coventry and how to get the kind of help and support that is best for you. 

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024 7678 8400

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