Jo has tried to make the whole process as easy as possible.
1. An initial conversation by phone, email or in person.
This is always really helpful as it allows parents/schools to air their views, concerns or questions allowing Jo to try to get an overall picture of the child concerned.
2. A completed confidential Family Questionnaire by a parent or guardian.
Email correspondence will now take over along with a Word PDF, hard copy or telephone version of the Family Questionnaire. It needs to be completed as fully and honestly as possible before an assessment can take place.
The purpose of this questionnaire is for the child's parent/guardian to provide an overall and honest opinion of the child’s family background, early years development, activity, motor-skills and behaviour, views of the child's reading writing, spelling and maths ability and any views or concerns prior to being assessed. It then enables Jo to create a tailor made assessment designed specifically to their current needs.
Opinions differ from the School questionnaire and is a requirement prior to arranging an assessment date.
3. A completed confidential School Questionnaire by the former/current child's teacher or school.
Email correspondence will now take over along with a Word PDF of the School Questionnaire. It needs to be completed as fully and honestly as possible and returned before an assessment date can be arranged.
The purpose of this questionnaire is for the child's former/current teacher to provide an overall view of the child's past/current academic abilities, National Curriculum past and current attainments and their current subject performance in relation to peers. It will also clarify their learning, emotional and/or behavioural needs prior to me assessing them. It then enables Jo to create a tailor made assessment designed specifically to their current academic needs.
Opinions differ from the Family Questionnaire and is a requirement prior to arranging an assessment date.
4. Once the questionnaires have been returned, a date and time will be arranged to administer the 2-hour assessment, including a half-way break. If arranged by the SENDCo it will be administered during the morning of a school day.
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.
5. Once all the test observations and assessment data has been analysed & collated, it will be turned into a 1-page overview of Assessment Results and descriptors and a 1-page working document/IEP outlining all the current micro-gaps missing from that child's learning journey to date.
These two documents will be emailed to the SENDCo/Parent or Guardian. They are specifically designed to be handed over to a school's SEN Department; Primary Teachers; internal Specialist Teachers; qualified SEN TAs or via the parent to an external Specialist Teachers in order for them to plan and teach the micro-gaps found missing in their learning journey dictated by the assessment.
Personal information is very important and Jo fully adheres to the principles of Data Protection. All information given will be treated in confidence. Post Assessment, and once the Assessment Results & IEP has handed over to the Client, all paperwork and files will be shredded or deleted.