Educational Psychology Services

Primus Psychology, based in north-west England, is committed to the wellbeing of the learner, providing commissioned assessment for a range of barriers to education in early-years settings, schools, colleges, universities and the workplace.

The thoroughness of assessments and reports ensures that each client is provided with a full profile of strengths and weaknesses, as well as any necessary descriptors of special educational needs (SEN). Primus Psychology also supports students in assessment for access arrangements and for Disabled Students Allowance.

Examples of Primus Psychology SEN assessment:

  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental Coordination
  • Dyscalculia
  • Autism Spectrum Conditions
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance
  • Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties
  • Attachments
  • Separation and anxiety

Autism Spectrum (ASD) conditions

Primus Psychology is registered in the National Autistic Society Directory of Services. 

Dr John Pugh, Primus Psychology director, has led an autism spectrum assessment pathway for many years, centred on education, and the empowerment of families and schools. 

He is highly specialised in assessing and supporting individuals who present social interaction and communication difficulties; especially those whose presentations are atypical – for example, pathological demand avoidance – and those who are struggling to access assessment and resources. 

Therapeutic intervention 

Primus Psychology director, Dr Pugh, supports individuals, families and educational establishments, in designing and implementing therapeutic interventions. For things such as: 

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Exam stress
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Autism spectrum (ASD) condition and demand avoidance
  • Emotional, social and behavioural difficulties


An established educational psychologist and special educational needs (SEN) expert witness, Dr Pugh regularly provides professional witness services in the following areas:

  • Special educational need (SEN)
  • Family law
  • Risk assessment
  • Clinical negligence