Child First Trust

Educational Psychology


Child First PLUS is delighted to be working with Honeybee Psychology – a small, friendly independent educational psychology service, run by Kathy Gayton. Honeybee works  with schools and families across Essex and Suffolk. Kathy uses a strengths-based and solution-oriented approach, focusing on both individual assessments and school-wide work. The services offered by Honeybee Psychology complement and enhance the statutory and non-statutory work available from the Local Authority Educational Psychology Service, providing additional capacity and different options, approaches and expertise. As with all Child First PLUS Services, the rates agreed are transparent and clear. Schools are able to contact Kathy to arrange support and will simply be invoiced for work commissioned at the end of each month.

Kathleen GraysonBefore referring for a piece of work, schools are invited to contact Kathy to discuss their concerns and to agree on the work to be completed. Her contact details are below. Once a visit date is agreed, Kathy will send out an appointment letter, terms and conditions document, a background information questionnaire and a parental consent form. Signed parental consent is always required for assessments and consultations. For assessments, Kathy also sends an information sheet for a teacher or parent to share with the child, to prepare them for her visit. Schools should always ensure that they have the required information to meet their own safeguarding checks.

You can find more information about Kathy’s practice, Honeybee Psychology at:

Child-focused work

All assessments are planned to meet the individual needs of the child and to answer the specific referral questions raised by the school. Before the assessment or consultation the school will be asked to complete a short referral questionnaire, to assist with planning the visit. Full, signed parental consent is required and reports are always shared with parents and schools.

Service Approx EP time commitment Cost
Individual assessment

Time in school is spent observing the child, meeting school staff, meeting parents and engaging in standardised and non-standardised assessment activities with the child.

Assessment activities include standardised cognitive and attainment assessments, listening to the child’s views, play-based assessment activities, Motivational Interviewing and solution-focused discussions and a wide range of other assessments, tailored to the needs of the child.

At the end of the assessment, parents and members of school staff attend a feedback and next steps meeting. This is an opportunity to hear Kathy’s initial feedback and to agree on outcomes and next steps, to be included in Kathy’s report.

Within 3 weeks, Kathy sends a full and detailed written report, which clearly   outlines the child’s identified strengths and needs, includes a psychological formulation and provides recommended outcomes and clear, specific provision.

This report can be used as part of a request for a EHC needs assessment or EHC review or to develop the child’s One Plan, as well as more generally informing the child’s school and family about their needs.

7-10 hours, including preparation and report writing time. £550.00
School/ Family Consultations

Time in school is spent observing the child. This is followed by a solution-oriented school/ family consultation to co-create outcomes and agree a support plan.

Within 3 weeks, Kathy will send a consultation record, including a clear outline of the agreed support plan and next steps.

3-5 hours, including preparation and record writing time. £300.00

School-wide Systemic and Strategic Support

Delivered by Kathy, who is an experienced, systemically and psychodynamically trained educational psychologist, these services focus on increasing the capacity of schools to understand and support children with complex needs and to support each other. The following interventions are available:



Time taken Cost
Senior Leader/Teacher/ LSA supervision

Supervision is a safe time in which professionals can develop their best practice through reflection and discussion, and through which they can be supported to understand and manage the emotional and psychological impact of their work.

This support is especially suited to members of staff supporting children with complex emotional needs, such as looked-after and adopted children or those who have experienced trauma.

Kathy provides a written confirmation of her visit, for the school’s records.

1 hour per session

Recommended 1 individual session per half term

£90.00 per session
Teacher/ LSA drop in consultation

Teachers and support staff are invited to discuss individual children (without identifying the child, unless written parental consent has been obtained), practice issues or whole class concerns. The consultations utilise solution-focused discussion to plan next steps using the teacher’s existing expertise and EP suggestions, based on effective and established interventions and approaches.

Kathy provides a written confirmation of her visit, for the school’s records.


2 hours (normally 6 x 20 minute slots)

3 hours (normally 9 x 20 minute slots)


£200 per 2 hour session

£250 per 3 hour session

SENCO consultations

Informal consultations and discussion about children causing concern. These will be anonymous, unless signed parental consent is obtained.

Provision mapping and intervention pyramids. This is an opportunity to look at whole-school provision across categories of SEN, to identify good practice in school and gaps in provision. Advice can be given about evidence-based interventions that can be used in school to increase support for children across Quality First Teaching, SEN Support and ECHPs.


2.5 hours, to be used flexibly. £200 per session


Contact Details

Schools interested in working with Kathy can contact her on:

Tel: 077956154881   Email:

Kathy will normally get back to you within 2 days during term time.


About Kathy Gayton

Kathy trained as an Educational Psychologist in 2005 and has worked in a number of Local Authorities, most recently in Essex. Prior to this she was an infant teacher and SENCO. Kathy has experience of working with children in preschool, primary, secondary and specialist provisions and has particular interests in working in partnership with families, early years support, including children with complex needs and in promoting emotional well-being in schools. She is very experienced in carrying out cognitive and learning assessments, including with children with specific learning difficulties and multiple or complex needs. Kathy has undertaken further study in systemic practice and family therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, as well as additional training in supervision, psychodynamic approaches, solution-focused practice and Motivational Interviewing. As well as managing Honeybee Psychology, a small and friendly independent educational psychology practice, she is currently researching parents’ experiences of their disabled child starting school at The Tavistock Clinic in London.

Kathy is registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and meets their regulatory requirements for supervision and professional development. She is chartered as an educational psychologist with the British Psychological Society. Kathy has an enhanced DBS check and is registered with the DBS update service. Kathy will bring her DBS form to the school on her first visit. Kathy has up to date safeguarding training. Her data protection practices are compliant with the new GDPR legislation.