Individual Non-Diagnostic Assessments
For Primary children with mild to severe difficulties to learn.
COVID-19 UPDATE Face-to-face assessments are taking place, however due to mixing with different schools and counties, Jo has chosen to keep Covid-19 Health and Safety measures in place. You can start the assessment process today by getting in touch using the CONTACT page. Non-Diagnostic Assessments need constant observations, they are hands-on and interactive so are not suitable to be administered online. In order to support the community, the Non-Diagnostic Assessment fee has been reduced until further notice. Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding.
How wonderful would it be if schools and parents had easy access to an affordable educational assessment specifically designed for
Primary children who display mild to moderate difficulties to learn; or display severe to complex learning difficulties...without the need of red tape.
An affordable and mobile 2-hour Non-Diagnostic Assessment is now available in West Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey so that younger children will be able to receive the relevant and individual support as soon as possible missing from their learning journey enabling them to gain self-confidence, catch up with their current curriculum and learn how to enjoy learning.
About Jo Packard | Founder
I have been working with Primary children and their families in state and private education since 1995.
The fundamental reason why LEARN OUT OF THE BOX was conceived was because more recently it became evident that there was (1) not an affordable educational assessment specifically for Primary children who demonstrated mild to moderate difficulties in the classroom, yet their differences were not severe or complex enough to warrant a rigorous diagnostic assessment, and (2) an assessment used for children who despite three rounds of 'plan, do, review' had not made any progress, thus enabling SENDCOs to gather a complete educational profile of a child so they can identify their next steps or indeed refer to LBAT or start the EHCP process with the evidence required.
For parents, and some SENDCOs, not knowing where to go to get the right kind of support for their child can be distressing, daunting and an exhausting minefield often with no answers.
With my decades of experience in Primary education supporting KS1- KS2 children both in and out of the classroom, it is proven that if we can support the gaps in a child's learning journey appropriately when they are younger, they will have a greater chance at becoming independent learners when they are older.
This new assessment has repeatedly shown that a younger child may not have learning difficulties at all, but rather a difficulty to learn because of these micro-gaps.
I will endeavour to provide you with the answers you are looking for.
Problems are not stop signs,
they are guidelines. R H SCHULLER
Experience You Can Trust
Schools & Parents
The fundamental thing to consider when choosing an assessment is how will the results specifically help a teacher to teach and a child to learn.
Jo can professionally and sensitively uncover exactly what is needed to be taught in order to help children
achieve success throughout their younger years.
Working with SENDCOs within the community and surrounds,
LEARN OUT OF THE BOX's Non-Diagnostic Assessment has repeatedly shown that for a younger child, more often than not, their struggles have
nothing to do with their current age
or year group.
Jo assesses Primary children throughout the calendar year from her home; or if arranged by the SENDCo she will go into schools with her mobile service during the academic year.
The tests cover: reading, reading comprehension, writing, spelling, handwriting, phonological awareness, verbal, aural, working & short-term memory, number and place value, number facts, addition and subtraction & multiplication and division.
A child's Summary Report is specifically designed to be handed over to a school's SEN Department which they can use internally or include as evidence for external applications for children who need more support than is available through SEN Support: for example, the involvement of external professionals. The 1-page document enables teachers to plan and teach the exact micro-gaps missing in their learning journey so that the child can learn.
LEARN OUT OF THE BOX's community assessment work, for children from lower income families,
relies on the support from individuals or companies so that funds do not have to be taken away from school's already limited budget.
This financial support enables more Primary children who need specific individual support to be assessed when they are young.
Please get in touch with Jo if you are able to help in any way.
" Jo is a complete breath of fresh air in a daunting and complex school world. She is understanding, dedicated and highly personable. She has assessed and taught both my children over the past 3 years.
Through her scrupulous assessments she was able to uncover the small but vital gaps in their learning. If you're lucky enough to also have her
teach your child, she will find the best and 'unique' way to help them
learn and this in turn has enabled my children to have a solid base in
which they can now go forward independently.
We will forever be grateful for her help and support and I couldn’t recommend anyone strongly enough to help both you and your child."
Amelia Year 7 & Mile's Year 5 parents