Assessment (SLCN)

The Specialist Teacher SLCN needs to select the most appropriate assessment/s to inform future planning for the child.

Examples of assessments and their use in Essex primary schools by the Specialist Teacher SLCN

Assessment may be necessary to:

  • Find out the relative strengths and weaknesses of a child’s language and communication skills
  • Provide general information (eg an idea of how a child uses vocabulary, and how they are able to link or categorise items together) which can then be used to make reasonable adjustments to the curriculum in order for the child to be successful in the classroom setting
  • Provide information at key points during a child’s school journey (for example at transition to junior/secondary school/special school) in a format that is meaningful to a range of professionals

The Specialist Teacher SLCN will collect information from a range of sources, using both formal and informal assessments, and is likely to:

  • Look at reports from other relevant professionals (including Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, and any others identified through the One Planning process).
  • Closely liaise with all outside agencies involved to provide a coordinated response
  • Discuss with school staff, particularly class teachers and Learning Support Assistants, how the pupil performs in a range of circumstances, eg in the classroom, in small groups, individually and in social situations (such as the playground)
  • Undertake informal assessments including classroom observation (for example, the ability to follow simple instructions, ask for help if they haven?t understood, complete simple tasks independently), and looking at a pupil’s exercise and topic books
  • Completing assessment checklists (eg Speech and Language Audit Tool, Communication Trust checklists)
  • Talking to the pupil and eliciting their views, as this is crucial to the one-planning process (with visual supports where necessary)
  • Administering informal testing (eg using simple iPad apps to look at following instructions, memory skills and vocabulary, and/or other resources to elicit language samples in different contexts)