Explain the roles of external professionals who may work with a school, e.g. educational psychologist.
There are a large range of professionals who work with the school on a regular basis. They will come in to school and work with the Head teacher and other staff when needed. There are many children in schools today with learning, physical and behavioural difficulties.
Educational psychologist (EP)
Educational psychologists (EPs) are specially trained psychologists who are also qualified teachers. Schools will have an EP assigned to them through their local Special Educational Needs Department.
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Physiotherapists/occupational therapists who work with pupils outside of school, may be asked to visit the school to provide an update of the child’s progress.
Most Local Authorities have specialist teachers who work with children with language and communication difficulties. They may be known as advisory teachers for language and communication. Such teachers have undergone additional training, usually resulting in a specialist qualification. The distinct expertise of specialist teachers lies in their knowledge of how to address language and communication difficulties within an educational context.
Their role often finds them working closely with under achieving pupils to help them to raise their performance. They may also provide behavioural support needs, and English as an Additional Language needs.
Education Welfare Officer (EWO)
The Educational Welfare Officer works with schools, pupils and families to resolve any issues. Their responsibilities would include meeting with the...