Since the introduction of Education Health and Care Plans in September 2014, there has been a dramatic increase in requests for statutory assessments from schools. The volume of requests is presently 49% higher than this time last year. This unprecedented
increase is causing some capacity issues for the Educational Psychology team.
In order to ensure that the assessments are completed within the statutory time scales, and that these children receive support in a timely way, the Educational Psychology Team will need to prioritise any statutory assessment work requested by SEN. We are
aware that this may cause some disruption to the delivery of core Educational Psychology sessions, but we hope that you understand the rationale behind this, which is to enable the assessments to be carried out and completed promptly.
In order to negate the impact of this, a series of weekly telephone and centrally based consultation sessions will be made available to SENCOs, in order to address any pressing concerns. The timetable of sessions will be available on Bradford Schools Online
from 21 March and sessions can be booked by calling 01274 439444.
In addition, a joint agreement has been reached with the SEN Assessment Team that during this time, schools’ requests for EHC assessments will not be rejected on the basis of having no EP report. Evidence of EP involvement through consultation or involvement
of other teams, in addition to the usual school based evidence, will be admissible and considered.
We will implement this arrangement throughout the summer term and will continue to monitor the volume of requests carefully so that clear forward projections and capacity planning can take place to avoid this situation in the future.
Thank you for your understanding.
Dr Ruth Dennis, Principal Educational Psychologist