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Whether you need to find the right school to support your child’s learning needs or to talk through a specific SEN issue, our education consultants are here to help.

So how does the consultancy work?

Our team of experienced, expert, sympathetic and highly knowledgeable special educational needs consultants know exactly how hard it can be to navigate the SEN system, access support and understand and fight for your rights. That’s because many of us have first-hand experience – both as parents and as qualified teachers, therapists or advocates - of going through the same thing.

The SEN consultancy service can help you at any stage of education – from starting school through to the specialist colleges for 19-25 year-olds. In more than 20 years of advising families, we have helped children with many kinds of special need, from dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia to autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/ADD, Fragile X, Prader-Willi syndrome, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties, hearing, sight and mobility impairments, chronic illness and many more. We have assisted families whose child is experiencing mental health difficulties, has been expelled or is under threat of exclusion for their behaviour, or who is displaying difficulties with education associated with adoption.

All our SEN consultants are reviewers of schools for The Good Schools Guide. We go into mainstream and SEN schools and talk to heads, staff and families so that we have up to date insights on what they can offer.

If you decide to contact us, you will speak to one of our admin team - Shari, Amanda, Kathryn or Marijke - who will listen sympathetically and collaborate with the SEN team to ensure that you are matched with the best consultant for your needs.

You can read about all our consultants here.

We offer a bespoke SEN service for families whose children experience obstacles to learning. You might find the help you need in an hour’s phone call, or we might work with you for 12 months. What won’t vary is the expertise and professionalism of our SEN team. Our aim is always to minimise the difficulties faced by a young learner and to help maximise their potential.

We are always generous with our time. However, searching for the right school for a child with SEN can be very time consuming, particularly at short notice. Additional time may therefore be required in some circumstances, though only when requested or approved by you first.

SEN Information Call - £220

The SEN information call provides an opportunity to discuss your child and issues around their special needs or education with an expert who has the knowledge, experience and empathy to help guide you through what can be a complex situation.

You may want to discuss an issue relating to your child’s current or future school or want advice on whether you should be thinking about moving them elsewhere. While some schools are genuinely inclusive, others may not be as supportive or as understanding as they should be. Talking things through with one of our most experienced senior SEN consultants can help to clarify the issues, pros and cons of each option.

Whatever your reason for getting in touch, our consultant will give you the time, space and freedom to talk everything through, offer advice, explore possible ways forward and look at what needs to happen next and when.

Lasting up to one hour – and available via an online meeting or phone call at a time to suit you – the information call is sometimes all that’s needed. Or you might decide to go on to book one of our school search services www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/education-consultants/services/our-services to discuss possible schools.

Costs

£220 for up to an hour’s call

All prices are inclusive of VAT

SEN Consultation Meeting - £370

This meeting is designed for families who want to talk in depth about an aspect of their child’s education with one of our most experienced SEN consultants. You may have a concern that relates to their education now or want to plan ahead for the future. For many families, this will include working out whether a mainstream or more specialist school will be right for your child and how to access the right level of support.

Our consultants work with families whose children cover all ages and stages of education. Some have children who have not yet started school and are right at the start of their educational journey. Others want help for older children to work out how to plan ahead for their future education, work experience and training and look at what support is available.

So how does the consultancy work?

This meeting provides parents with the opportunity to have an in-depth chat with one of our most senior education consultants to help you look at the next steps of planning your child’s education.

The meeting with our education consultant can take place wherever and however you like – in person at your home or elsewhere, or online or by phone, at a time to suit you.

Our education consultant will be happy to do some preliminary research prior to the meeting, including reading all reports from specialists (such as speech and language and occupational therapy) and, if you have one, your child’s EHCP.

You can then choose to search for schools independently. Or you can upgrade to one of our school search services - the SEN Local, SEN City, SEN Extended (if this happens within one month, the cost of the consultation meeting is deducted).

Costs

£370 for up to 75 minutes online or by phone; £490 for face-to-face (travel costs may be added in some circumstances)

All prices are inclusive of VAT

The SEN Trouble Shooter Service – £1,250

If you have a specific and urgent problem that needs to be addressed, the SEN trouble shooter can help. Your child may be unhappy at school, have been excluded or threatened with exclusion. They may have been reluctant to attend school and are now refusing to go at all. We are often able to arrange to speak to families within a few hours of being contacted.

We will start by giving you a detailed summary outlining the work you will be carrying out together with timings, as well as providing all the emails, phone calls or online meetings you need to consider options eg arranging meetings with the school, considering appeals or involving external support. You will be given advice on next steps, including some preliminary research into other local settings (which might include suggestions on alternative provision or identifying local authority support such as home tutoring if your child is unable to attend school). You will also receive a detailed report.

If you find you need longer term support, you can upgrade to a different service.

Costs

£1,250 for up to six hours of your consultant’s time (inclusive of VAT)

The SEN Local Service – £1,900

The SEN local service is designed for families who don’t wish to move and want to find out about schools with suitable SEN support within daily travelling distance from their home.

Our consultant will work with the support of the entire GSGEC team to ensure we meet your needs. You will be provided with a detailed summary outlining the work to be carried out and thorough research into possible education options in your local area, including mainstream or specialist state and independent schools depending on what’s required.

The SEN local service is designed to be flexible. We will make contact with schools to confirm their suitability and place availability, send through reports to schools and following this up and liaise with you to discuss next steps including school visits (virtual or in person). We will provide feedback throughout the process and produce a report with a long list of options.

Costs

£1,900 for up to nine hours of your consultant’s time (inclusive of VAT)

The SEN City Service – £3,400

The SEN city service is designed for families who need to live within commuting distance of a major city and are looking for schools with suitable SEN support. 

We can research all types of schools – state, independent, mainstream, special. Where day options are limited and you do not want to move, we can also research boarding schools. Working with the entire GSGEC team, we would provide a detailed summary outlining the work to be carried out before researching possible education options, both local and within commuting distance of your home and/or workplace.

Our consultant would be able to make contact with schools to confirm their suitability and place availability; send through school and specialist reports to schools and follow this up; and provide a detailed report with a long list of options. The service includes follow up contact with you to shortlist schools and agree the next steps including school visits (virtual or in person) and discussion and feedback throughout the process.

Costs

£3,400 for 16 hours of your consultant’s time (inclusive of VAT)

The SEN Extended Service – £4,900

Designed for families who can be flexible about where they live, the SEN extended service offers complete versatility. We can investigate day and residential schools (both mainstream and more specialist) across a larger geographical area.

Typically, we will work with you over several months – and sometimes longer - providing the support and expertise you need to narrow down your options at every stage of the process, from advice on how to start the EHCP process to talking through the pros and cons of a particular school after you have had an initial meeting or discussion with them.

The work starts with a detailed summary outlining the work to be carried out, followed by thorough research into possible education options covering a broad geographic area and schools that may be mainstream or specialist, state or independent, day or boarding. We can also, if required, research into other educational options (home or flexi schooling; online schools or tutors).

Our consultant would be able to make contact with schools to confirm their suitability and place availability; send through school and specialist reports to schools and follow this up; and provide a detailed report with a long list of options. The service includes follow up contact with you to shortlist schools and agree the next steps including school visits (virtual or in person) and discussion and feedback throughout the process.

Costs

£4,900 (inclusive of VAT) for upto 22 hours of your consultant’s time

The SEN International Service – £6,700

The SEN international service is aimed at overseas families wanting to find a British mainstream or special school which can support their child's special educational needs.

Backed up by the GSGEC team, your consultant will help you find schools within reach of airports or the family's UK base, including those which can sponsor children with Tier 4 visas or which can support children whose first language is not English.

This service provides comprehensive help to families who are coming from an educational system outside the UK to help you through the process. We can assist you in finding the best UK professionals to carry out assessments or set up appointments for you to visit schools and work with you in whatever way best meets your needs and circumstances.

Costs

£6,700 for up to 28 hours of your consultant’s time (inclusive of VAT)

The SEN Family Service - bespoke package

Many of our clients have families in which one child has special needs but - perhaps owing to relocation - also need to find additional schools for several children.

The SEN family service is designed to help these families find the schools which can cater for their differing needs, within a manageable school run.

Package prices are tailored according to the number of children, type of special needs and types of schools required ie junior/senior/both and whether boys/girls/both.

Call: 0800 368 7694 (UK) +44 203 286 6824 (from overseas)
Email: [email protected]


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