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Mainstream secondary schools

There is an increasing number of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) within Mainstream secondary schools. Some secondary schools have found that current educational psychology provision may be limited due to the increased number of students with SEND in Mainstream secondary schools and the process of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. Our specialist psychology service is here for secondary schools to meet the needs of students with SEND and complex needs.

Schools, including early years providers, and post-16 settings can also be commissioners in their own right. Schools have a notional SEN budget and many schools will commission support pupils.

SEND code of practice (2015)

What services do we offer to Mainstream secondary schools?

We provide a broad range of clinical, counselling and educational psychology services for varying levels of need within Mainstream secondary schools. We offer services on an individual, targeted and whole school level to improve outcomes and facilitate long-term sustainable change within secondary schools. Our individual, group and whole school approaches can be used in a preventative way before problems escalate. Our specialist psychologists also provide consultancy services according to budgets and requirements. Read more about the range of school services we offer.

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Do we provide services for social, emotional, mental health and emotional wellbeing?

We provide services to promote social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) and emotional wellbeing.

Recently there has been an increase in awareness and government policies relating to mental health and wellbeing among students in secondary schools. Our specialists understand mental health and wellbeing during the pivotal time of development which occurs during secondary school, and are here to support students and staff through assessments, interventions and training. Providing young people and staff with strategies and techniques to deal with mental health and wellbeing increases progress and attainment in addition to being happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

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How can our psychology services be commissioned?

Our psychology services can be easily commissioned on a standalone basis and through a service level agreement. school commissioned services facilitate the use of our services in the best way to suit schools’ needs. Commissioning our services can be done at any point within the academic year.

How can secondary schools refer to our psychology services?

Referring to our psychology services is simple and swift and can be done over the phone and online. When making a referral over the phone we will be able to complete the referral form from the information provided during the conversation to reduce paperwork. Completing our referral form online gives the freedom to complete it at a convenient time.

Do we provide training?

We provide a variety of training to suit needs. Our psychologists can provide training on and off site according to requirements. We provide bespoke training upon request to ensure that content is relevant to secondary schools so school teams get the most out of the training as possible. Anyone can attend training, opening up the option of collaboration with cluster schools to receive cost effective training. Read more about our CPD events.

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What are the benefits of using HSR Psychology?

HSR Psychology provides a high quality, specialist and comprehensive psychology service to support students and staff. There are many benefits to using our service, including:

We listen and take a holistic approach towards all situations to provide the best possible results for all involved. Read about our school services to learn more about the benefits of using HSR Psychology in secondary schools.

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We provide free initial discussions to education settings as part of our cost effective service. Specific services may be discussed in order to provide an accurate for our specialist psychological input.

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Why is early identification and intervention important?

Early identification and intervention is an effective method of reducing the impact of SEND on a young person’s future, giving an increased chance of living happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. We work with schools to put procedures in place for preventative measures, early identification and intervention of SEND. Early identification relates to the onset of needs, rather than age, meaning that there are plenty of opportunities for early intervention throughout secondary school. Young people should be confident and ready to transition to their next stage of life which may include post-16 education or employment. We provide immediate access to our team to maximise a young person’s development and achievement. Immediate access facilitates early identification and early intervention to reduce the impact of barriers to learning in addition to mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties.

Which young people do we work with?

We work with young people who have been identified as requiring our services. We usually provide specialist support for young people who are:

We help students to maximise their potential through our specialist clinical, counselling and educational psychology services.

When would a school require input from our psychologists?

We are here when school staff:

We support secondary schools on a specialist, targeted and whole school level to maximise academic achievement and encourage wellbeing among students and staff, this may include creating a bespoke package of our services. We run regular CPD events which are extremely cost effective.

If you would like to use our specialist services in your secondary school then please contact us to talk to a member of our team about how our school services can best support you and book your free initial discussion.

How can our service be funded?

Using our specialist educational and child psychologists in your school is a long-term investment with sustainable results. We demonstrate the impact of our involvement, ensuring we are constantly working towards providing an efficient and cost effective service.

Schools fund our services from the following budgets:

Element 1, 2 & 3 funding

Element 1 funding is provided to meet the needs of all students and is used to fund systemic work which benefits all students within your school, through training and other whole school approaches. Element 2 funding is also known as the notional SEND budget. This can fund specialist SEND systemic work, interventions, specific assessments and consultations, which benefit individual or multiple SEND students. Element 3 funding covers statutory input, interventions and equipment stated within education, health and care plans. Our clinical, educational and child psychologists can be funded by each funding element according to your needs.

Catch-up premium

Secondary schools can use pupil catch-up premium for literacy and numeracy interventions, groups or training.

Pupil premium

Pupil premium is available to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils to close learning gaps between them and their peers. Our specialist team can raise attainment through an individual, targeted and whole school level in order to make pupil premium funding stretch without compromising on the quality of service.

Looked after status

If your school has any children with looked after or adopted status then our specialist service can work directly with those children to support them in their learning through allocated funding.

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