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How educational psychologists work with parents

To help understand a pupil's educational needs better, educational psychologists may wish to meet with parents at some point and talk about:

  • what concerns parents may have about their child
  • how parents have seen their child develop
  • the child's behaviour at home
  • how the child gets on with other people and the rest of the family
  • the child's interests
  • what are seen as the child's strengths
  • ways that parents have tried to help their child
  • any medical investigations that have taken place
  • ways in which parents think their child might best be helped in the future, both at home and in partnership with the school.

In all but exceptional circumstances, assessments and meetings with an educational psychologist would be expected to take place on school premises and as far as possible in school hours.