About the EP

What does an Educational Psychologist do?

Educational Psychologists (EPs) problem solve with pupils, parents, schools
and other professionals to overcome barriers to educational progress. These
can include learning or neurological difficulties, and/or social and emotional  problems resulting in behaviour difficulties.

The EP can focus on the  individual child or offer advice on more strategic whole class or whole school issues.

EPs carry out a wide range of information gathering and assessments to help all those concerned to understand and analyse the issues for the child or group of young people, in their unique situation.

The EP will then advise on how to remove or overcome barriers to learning and emotional well-being, so that children and young people can make the best possible progress.

Why consult Tonia Robinson?  

tonia robinson

I am a fully qualified and registered Educational Psychologist based near Stroud in Gloucestershire. I have taught in Secondary and Further Education, and provided individual tuition in Maths and Literacy, while bringing up my own family of four children.

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with the Health Care  Professional Council (HCPC), with enhanced DBS clearance. I have worked as a Local Authority Educational Psychologist for almost 20 years, in  Bristol and Gloucestershire. I was a Senior EP for 10 years and more recently the Principal EP in Gloucestershire. During this time I have also worked as a Commissioning Manager for Special Educational Needs, and led a range of projects for example Team Around the Child and the development of the Special Needs Framework. In the last few years I have been privately commissioned by schools, parents and solicitors to carry out a wide range of Educational Psychology and Expert Witness work.

I use solution focused skills to bring about change in intractable situations. I have the qualifications and experience to carry out a wide range of in-depth assessment with children and young people aged 0-25 years, and to provide effective advice and support to help overcome barriers to learning.

I am available at relatively short notice to provide a thorough psychological assessment and a comprehensive report on any child or young person, or to engage with projects or whole school development. By using me you will have the advantage of:

  • A Solution Focused approach which aims to facilitate change
  • Assessment and advice on  a range of difficulties including neurological or learning difficulties eg Autistic Spectrum Difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, and all aspects of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs.
  • Independent EP advice within an expert knowledge of SEND Legislation and Local Authority SEND procedures and Tribunals, based on 20 years experience as a Local Authority EP.
  • A comprehensive assessment report.
  • Availability at relatively short notice for assessment and advice.
  • Competitive rates with no overheads.

I accept direct referrals from parents, schools or other professionals.

Fees and re-numeration – the following are guidelines with scope for negotiation for longer projects or pieces of work.

  • Hourly rate of £75/hour*.
  • Daily rate of £450/day.
  • Individual Educational Psychology Assessment and Report: £550 – £600
  • Travelling costs from Stonehouse at 50p per mile.
  • Expert Witness report for Court proceedings from £1,350

*Face to face work or time in school usually generates equivalent time on preparation and follow up work.