How to refer
You should talk to the school as the first step before making a referral. You can discuss your concerns with them and you can work together to make a request for support. Most requests for support we receive come from the child or young person's place of education, as we work directly with settings to help staff to support the needs of pupils. Parents can also make a request themselves if they would like to:
Forms must always be sent with signed parental consent.
What should be included in the referral?
the reason for your request
what you would like the outcome of the referral to be
any additional information relevant to support your request
We also ask for evidence of what strategies the school has already tried to support their pupil's needs. we usually ask for at least one cycle of the 'Assess Plan Do Review' to be outlined - this is the approach places of education take to review and understand a child or young person's needs. This helps us to see what has already been tried, and determine what to do next.
What happens after the referral is submitted?
Once you've made a referral, we'll make a decision about the level of support we can provide. This could be sending you resources and signposting to other organisations, a phone discussion or assessment, or regular visits by a specialist advisory teacher. A specialist advisory teacher will then contact your child or young person's place of education to take you through the next steps.
We look at referrals on a weekly basis and send letters out shortly after.