Pupil assessment

When educational psychologists assess children and young people's needs, they try to gain as much information as possible by:

  • talking to the pupil
  • observing the pupil in class, at play and with other children/young people
  • working with the pupil in the classroom
  • looking at the pupil's work
  • talking to the pupil's teachers and other adults who work with them
  • talking to the parents and other people who have responsibility for caring for them
  • carrying out tests to understand the pupil's thinking skills
  • carrying out tests that help check the pupil's ability in reading, writing and number work
  • requesting the pupil to do some drawings and/or a play activity
  • discussing the pupil with other professionals who have worked either with them or the family
  • discussing the pupil's school based plan