'Effective EP work has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our students and empowers staff to respond to individual needs. Alison works in a collaborative way that empowers our school to be a positive and aspirational environment for all involved.'
Lowri Scofield, SENCo, Sir William Romney School
'It has been hugely beneficial working with Alison over the past few years. With her wealth of knowledge and expertise she is able to unpick issues and remove barriers to learning and social situations through her structured interventions and Sandplay Therapy.
She is able to support teachers with innovative classroom strategies and has assisted our SENCo in successfully applying for EHC Plans. Children have benefitted enormously and I would recommend her to any establishment.'
Richard Gasser, Headteacher, Park Junior School
'Alison has been able to work successfully with some of our most complex students, building positive and professional relationships with students, staff and parents/carers. The therapeutic work has had a positive impact upon students’ behaviour, emotional needs and enabled staff to transfer some of this work into their teaching. We have been extremely impressed with the quality of Alison’s assessments and the very efficient turn around with the reports which are detailed and comprehensive.’
Nick Stanton, Headteacher, Stroud & Cotswold Alternative Provision School
'Maidenhill School has been utilising the services of Alison Vigileos as an Educational Psychologist for a number of years now. Alison is extremely professional, approachable and willing to go out of her way to support the school and its students, particularly for example, when an assessment or intervention needs undertaking at short notice. Alison has provided invaluable support to myself and other staff relating to how to obtain the best possible external support for our students as well as the most appropriate support strategies for our staff to employ internally for our students. Alison’s work has had a clear impact, with clear benefits for a range of students, throughout her time with us. We have previously, and continue to recommend her services to other schools as a consequence of her positive work with us and our confidence in her provision, professionalism and service.'
S Vale, Assistant Headteacher, Maidenhill School
'Alison has played a key role in supporting pupils with special education needs at Uplands Community Primary School. Her inclusive practice and wealth of experience has helped us identify barriers in pupils' learning, enabling us to support pupils' needs more effectively in school. Her assessments are comprehensive, accurate and balanced, giving us the necessary skills we need to move learning on.
She is very supportive of the SENCo and has helped us through the often complex process of applying for EHC plan. I have welcomed her calm, thoughtful and methodical approach, ensuring that we don't lose sight of keeping the pupils' needs at the front of our practice.'
Richard Lucas, Headteacher, Uplands Community Primary School
'Alison is a caring and proactive EP. She has the ability to create detailed plans that ensure long term success for vulnerable young people. Alison has delivered individual work and group work for secondary aged pupils for me in the past. Her consultative support with parents enables them to feel fully supported during what can be a very difficult, trying time for families emotionally.'
Elvy Johnson, SENCo, John Bentley School, Wiltshire (previous SENCo at Archway School)
'Alison has worked with our school and nursery, providing Educational Psychology support and advice for many years. She understands our ethos completely. She shares our belief that before children can become successful learners they need to feel safe, have resilience and positive emotional well-being. Our vision is to ensure that every child has the BEST start. Working with Alison helps us achieve this.'
Rachel Edwards, Headteacher, Stonehouse Park Infant School & Nursery