What obligation are schools under to follow the advice of an independent assessment carried out by someone the parent has paid for? In my school this is not only an increasing trend, but one where the 'assessor' appears to have suspect qualifications. Basically what is now happening is that rich enough parents can throw away several hundred pounds to pay someone who claims to have knowledge in the field to write in a report whatever the parent has suggested. This report is then presented to the class teacher as though all other children have to be swept aside to prioritise this particular one. We have reports that do not even state accurately what the school is currently doing. The report states what the parent thinks the school is not doing.