Where there are concerns with a learners progress and/or if a learner has any difficulties with learning, we can discuss areas of concern then work together to come to possible solutions. This could include advice/guidance or a learning screen/assessment. This kind of assessment can help ensure that the learner receives specialist support, strategies and interventions to help them to succeed.
Areas assessed can include the following:
- General Literacy / Numeracy difficulties
- Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia,.
- Receptive and Expressive Language skills
- Phonological Processing Skills
- Working Memory
- Visual and Auditory Memory Discrimination skills
- Motor Skills
If necessary, the following areas will also be considered (as part of the assessments) and where appropriate recommendations for referrals to professionals will be made:
- Speech and Language Disorders
- Dyspraxia / Motor Skills difficulties
- Sensory difficulties e.g. Visual, Hearing, Sensory Integration
- Deficit in Attention, Motor control and Perception (DAMP)
Identification of the strengths and difficulties of pupils with additional needs can be achieved through the following methods:
- Consultation with staff
- Meeting with parents
- Discussion with the child/ groups of children
- Assessments (can include both psychometric and diagnostic assessments)
Schools can choose from one of the following kinds of support/assessment):
- Initial Advice/involvement – this involves a short consultation with staff and an observation of child/ perusal of the child’s work. School are supplied with a Summary Report with some strategies to try.
- Full Assessment (Behaviour OR Learning) – this includes a comprehensive assessment and where necessary the use of psychometric /diagnostic assessments and a very detailed and thorough report included standardised scores. This report can be used for EHCP applications or referrals to other agencies.