Specialist assessment to support schools to plan for the individual needs of pupils with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (LDD)
Specialist teachers (LDD) collect information from a range of sources about individual children in order to help assess and plan for their educational needs.
As part of the assessment, Specialist Teachers will:
- Look at reports from other professionals, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, in order to build up a picture of the pupil they are assessing.
- Discuss with school staff, particularly class teachers and Learning Support Assistants, how the pupil performs in a range of circumstances, for example in the playground with their friends, in the classroom.
- Undertake informal assessments including:
- observation of a pupil in the classroom
- hearing a pupil read
- looking at a pupil’s exercise and topic books
- completing assessment checklists
- talking to the pupil and discussing their views
- administering informal test
Sometimes Specialist Teachers may administer formal standardised tests (these are tests that have been developed so that pupils can be directly compared with other pupils in different locations). These tests are taken under controlled standardised conditions.
When an assessment is completed Specialist Teachers will work with school staff and parents in order to plan for the pupil’s needs.