During the past 18 months I have had reason to call on the services of Essential Psychology on several occasions to assess students who are suspected of having a Specific Learning Difficulty (predominantly dyslexia). On each occasion I have found the inputs of Dr Jo Davies and Mrs Jo Bartholomew to be insightful and informative. The information that they have provided verbally and within the Educational Psychologist Reports has enabled me to write learning plans and access letters that are student centric and informative to training staff. I have been particularly impressed by their reliability and punctuality, in my role it is rare to be able to set a time and date and not have to make continued adjustments. Their diligence and dependability has enabled me to plan assessments well in advance so that they limit the amount of time that students are taken out of class (normally in the morning when students are more alert). The quality of reports are second to none, I have read assessments from other practitioners which look like carbon copies of each other. This has not been my experience with Essential Psychology who take their time to ensure that each report details the story of each student’s individual strengths and challenges. I would be happy to recommend Essential Psychology to any training establishment seeking a high-quality assessment of a student suspected of having a Specific Learning Difficulty.
If you have a specific learning difficulty (SpLD) of a Dyslexic nature and are either at University, or are thinking about going to University, you may find this Vlog of one student’s experiences on being assessed and getting support, helpful. We would like to thank Darcey for sharing her experiences and for giving her permission for us to share her Vlog on our website.
Please be advised the deadline date to the JCQ for Examination Access Arrangements for examinations in May/June 2019 is 21st February 2019. We are already getting booked up so please contact us asap if you require any assessments for this purpose. Please also be advised that we require Part A of the Form 8 completing by school/college, prior to any assessment being carried out.
Please be advised that we are unable to respond to enquiries by text. If you would like information regarding an assessment etc, please email us at: email@example.com or alternatively, complete an enquiry via our website (under the ‘Contact Us’ page and link).
Essential Psychology has now re-opened after the summer period.
Please be advise that Essential Psychology will be closed for the summer period between 20th July until 20th August. Any emails sent during this time will be replied to upon our return.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a lovely (and hopefully warm) summer!
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For years I had always thought I could possibly be dyslexic, I am now 20 and thought it’s something I must find out, and also being in university I just wanted answers to why I find certain things difficult. Dr Jo Davies made me feel so comfortable throughout the whole process and explained everything along the way. Once I found out I do actually have dyslexia Dr Davies talked through all the possibilities with me and made it very clear about how I can carry on with my studies with confidence. I am so thankful for her patience and help, and I am more aware of all the various options I can consider to help my academic journey.
Please be advised that we are currently experiencing a high level of demand for our services. We are still taking bookings however, we would advise that you contact us sooner rather than later if you would like to secure an assessment within the next couple of months. Thank you.
I have worked with Essential Psychology for the last three years and have always been impressed by their service. They are flexible to work within the busy school environment and complete thorough assessments. They are always willing to discuss the needs of the children in detail and will adapt their assessment to ensure that as a school, we get the correct information to provide or access the appropriate support for the child.
Jo Bartholomew and Jo Davies both have a friendly, relaxed and approachable manner with the children and their families. Parents who may have been initially apprehensive to have their child assessed and talk about their needs, feel instantly calm and happy after a conversation with either of them. The reports are written in a clear format which is easy to understand with many strategies listed for school and home to put in place.
We are always happy with their services and will continue to use Essential Psychology in the future.
We have employed the services of Essential Psychology for a number of years to complete assessments for access arrangements on a large number of our students. We have always found both Jo Davies and Jo Bartholomew to be accommodating, friendly and calming to some of our more nervous students when faced with testing.
Even when the best laid plans go wrong i.e. students not arriving on time etc. neither of the Jo’s were put off by this and always kept smiling and adapted the timetable to suit. The reports were with us in a prompt manor and suited our requirements.
We would have no hesitation in using their services again and recommending them to other educational services.
Essential Psychology will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018 for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Any emails sent during this time will be responded to upon our return.
Please be advised that the deadline for submitting applications for additional examination access arrangements to the JCQ (May/June 2018 Examinations) is 21st February 2018.
If you require an assessment please email us asap as we currently have only a little availability left to complete any assessments needed prior to the deadline date.
Please be advised that if you are unable to make contact by telephone, and would like a quick response, you can either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send your enquiry via our ‘Contact Us’ page on this website.
I thought I would update you on my daughter’s GCSE results. She found out yesterday that she achieved A*AAAAAABBBBC. She is thrilled. Something definitely changed in her since your report came through and she believed that with the right preparation she could do well, and she wasn’t simply ‘stupid’ (her words!).
So, thanks again for all your help.
Essential Psychology would like to wish everyone well done for their results and good luck with your future choices. If your results were not as expected or hoped for, remember there are lots of options!
Essential Psychology will be closed for the summer period from Thursday 20th July until Tuesday 1st August. Any emails sent during this time will be responded to upon our return.
It is nearing that time again – examinations! Have a look at our Tweets on Twitter for helpful revision tips.
We engaged the services of Essential Psychology to carry out assessments for some of our pupils in support of applications for access arrangements. The psychologist assigned to us was Dr Jo Davies, who was very proactive in providing us with the necessary documentation for the pupils that needed to be completed in advance of the visit. Dr Davies liaised closely with us to arrange the itinerary for the day of her visit, which subsequently ran very smoothly indeed. The pupils concerned were immediately put at ease and found the process a very positive experience. Dr Davies also offered advice on the JCQ application procedure and completed Section C of the relevant Form 8 for each of our pupils. These were promised within a week of the visit, but actually arrived in less than 48 hours which was much appreciated.
Overall we found the service that we received from Essential Psychology and Dr Davies in particular to be absolutely first rate. We would have no hesitation in calling upon their services again in the future and would thoroughly recommend them to other educational institutions.
Whilst we are not experts, here at Essential Psychology we have a lot of experience having completed a significant number of assessments and as such, we hope you find the following hints helpful:
- Always check closing dates for submissions; for Summer 17 examinations it is currently 21st February 2017.
- Ensure you know what access arrangements pupils require as this will guide the Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher’s assessment; what is the pupil’s need(s)?
- Always gain the pupil’s views about adjustments/adaptations.
- Gather your evidence early. Demonstrating the normal way of working is often sufficient to secure concessions such as the use of a laptop or coloured overlays.
- For pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) relating to their secondary education a Form 8 is not always required however, schools will be required to evidence ‘picture of need’.
- Pupils with diagnoses such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder or ADHD, may not need further assessment for certain access arrangements like rest breaks or a Prompt; again, a Form 8 may not be required.
- You can now submit requests for pupils in Year 9 that are valid through Years 10 and 11. Pupils moving from Year 11 to Year 12 in the same school, or a linked college, may not require further assessment. However, a resubmission must be evidenced and processed.
- Please note the Joint Council for Qualifications’ guidance and Form 8 can change annually. These are at www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/access-arrangements-and-special-consideration/regulations-and-guidance
We hope these tips prove useful. Please remember to check the guidelines every year and gather your evidence early to allow for adjustments and the implementation of any agreed access arrangements.
For further information or if you would like to discuss any assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs. Jo Bartholomew and Dr. Jo Davies