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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

A Guide to Pupil Assessment Visits

AssessmentWhat happens when a prospective pupil is invited to an assessment visit
at The Unicorn School? 

The following information guides pupils and parents through the assessment procedure:

Initial contact with
the school

Parents initially speak to our registrar who gathers some information on their child and the reasons why they are considering The Unicorn School.  The child is then invited for a two-day assessment visit.

Gathering Background Information

Before the child visits the school we like to begin to paint a picture of the child.  Parents are asked to complete a thorough questionnaire which covers the child’s strengths and interests, developmental history, educational experience, health (including vision and hearing tests results), social and emotional background as well as the parent’s concerns.   We also ask for any other professional reports on the children. 

This information is used to guide our choice of assessments for the individual child during their assessment visit.

The Assessment Visit

The child is assessed to ascertain their underlying ability, literacy skills and some areas of their cognitive processing.  The assessment is split into sections to allow natural rest breaks.

Observations are made during the assessments of how the pupil answered questions, strategies they used, what subtests they preferred, their ability to remember and follow instructions and their overall approach and resilience in the face of these challenges.

The class teacher makes observations in the classroom and provides feedback to the assessor, for inclusion in the final report.

Feedback to Parents

At the end of the second day’s visit the parents are given feedback as to their child's experience at The Unicorn School.  The child will be offered a place at the school where the assessment visit indicates that we can support their individual needs.  During the feedback meeting the results of the assessment are explained and discussed.  Using the full background of the child and the profile we have built during the assessment procedure we discuss the child's areas of strength and difficulty.  We explain how we would support the child at The Unicorn School and what strategies we would use to help remediate their difficulties. 

The Report

We aim to supply the formal written report to the parents within 7 days of the assessment taking place.

The report includes background information, descriptions of assessments, results and what they mean, a conclusion and recommendations for future support; including any access arrangements the child is entitled to.  This report is then the property of the parents.