The popular and quirky speaker, Ged Balmer states on his website that he provides ‘advice, assessment and an independent opinion’. After over a decade of teaching in state schools, Ged qualified as an educational psychologist, working for the local education authority in a London borough for 25 years. He now works in private practice, specialising in carrying out diagnostic assessments, with students from 6 years of age, for a range of SpLDs, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, as well as for exam access arrangements.
Having worked as a local authority EP, Ged is familiar with SEN Procedures. He has contributed to SEN Tribunals, both as a LEA Tribunal Officer and as an independent psychologist. He will also clarify previous educational psychology reports!
His talk will describe the nature of and areas covered by the psychometric assessment as well as the importance of certain underlying abilities for success with literacy. He will then explain the aspects of literacy assessment and talk about ability/achievement discrepancy. Ged will welcome questions about any of his areas of expertise – this should be a valuable and entertaining meeting for parents and teachers.