An external professional would be someone outside of the education setting, whose job it is to provide professional support to children with special educational needs. These could be:
- Specialist Teacher Advisory teams
- Educational Psychology
- Primary Behaviour Service
- Special school outreach
- NHS services like Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy.
If external professionals aren't already involved with the child or young person, it is up to the education setting to involve them. Their advice should be included in the SEN Support Plan and monitored.
It is important that education settings get advice from external professionals as part of the support given. If your child or young person already sees external professionals, ensure they are in contact with the education setting. If you think your child or young person needs a referral to another professional, you should discuss this with the education setting.
All education settings must publish a SEN Information Report which describes the SEN support they provide. You can find this on their website.
If the education setting has not consulted external professionals, your request may not be able to proceed.
You can choose to continue with the checklist anyway.