What is an AANT?
An AANT is an opportunity to work collaboratively with an educational and child psychologist (EP) to explore and discuss a learner’s strengths and needs. There are several stages to the process.
1. You (and/or colleagues who know the learner well) fill in a comprehensive online questionnaire, which asks about:
- Emotional and social skills
- Attention, motivation, and engagement
- Speech, language, and social communication
- Physical skills
- Healthy lifestyle
- Sensory needs.
2. The learner’s parent/carer gives permission for the AANT to take place and adds their views. This is all done digitally, so no paper forms or meetings are needed.
3. An EP contacts you quickly to arrange an online video consultation. This lasts around 45 minutes, and involves in-depth discussion of the learner’s needs, and possible next steps for supporting them, based on the information you have provided. Usually only the EP and educational professional are present, although parents/carers can join in if it would be helpful.
4. After the consultation, there is a report for you to download, containing a concise summary of your discussion, and links to resources.
How can it help me?
- Quick and easy access to professional input from an experienced EP
- May spotlight less evident areas of need for your learner
- Protects a dedicated time and space to focus on needs, approaches, and next steps in detail without having to go through a learner’s background, as the EP already has this
- Supports early identification of needs, so that advice can be implemented sooner and prevent needs escalating
- Gives you a summary report that can be shared with parents/carers, and anyone else working with the learner
- A single AANT can have a wide impact in your setting, as strategies and ideas may work for more than just the learner being discussed.
How can I organise one?
Settings in Suffolk (including information on current costs) - Email: email@example.com
Settings in other local authorities – contact your Educational Psychology service.
Testimonials from educational professionals
Watch this video about AANT feedback
"The consultations have been informative, professional, with really good two-way discussion, and extremely helpful. Would I use it again? Absolutely. I would highly recommend it to anyone." – primary school SENDCo
"It may be a concern that the child isn't actually observed during the process, however we found that a positive. It means that the parents would worry less, and we get a better idea of a child’s behaviour because it is not based around one observation, it’s based around a selection of observations." – Early Years setting key worker
"The consultations have been informative, professional, with really good two-way discussion, and extremely helpful. Would I use it again? Absolutely. I would highly recommend it to anyone." – secondary school SENDCo
Is an AANT what I need?
Unsure if an AANT is what you need for a particular learner? This information may help you decide.
For an accessible version of the presentation, please view our PDF (624KB).