SEN Assessments

SEN Assessments – At Growing Young Minds all lessons are taught by qualified and experienced teachers who have a good understanding of many different Special Educational Needs. We are proud to support each child as an individual by adapting lessons and resources to help meet their needs. If you are interested in how we can support your child please get in touch.

SEN Assessments

Today staff in schools receive extra training regarding specific learning difficulties and are therefore far more experienced and confident to support children as required. However, a number of schools are finding budget cuts challenging which has a huge impact in all areas of school life including diagnosing children who potentially have additional learning needs.

The screening tests provided by Growing Young Minds allows parents to assess their children for Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, providing them with a report that can be used in school or at a private Educational Psychology appointment.

As a child my parents became incredibly frustrated that I was a smart child who found learning difficult. They spoke to the school but they were not interested in discovering why I was having problems or what they could do to help me, so I struggled on. At college it was suggested that I may have Dyslexia and at 18 I was finally assessed and diagnosed. Support was then put in place to help me achieve my teaching degree. However, to get to that point I had struggled and worked harder than most of my classmates to achieve the same thing. I believe this is partly why I became a teacher; to help and support others. Ensuring that I give them the opportunities that I did not have at an early age.

Joanne Powell

Growing Young Minds

How will this help your child?

Many parents have natural concerns around their child’s learning; this test allows you to see if there is an underlying condition early on and is conducted in a safe and friendly environment. If the test shows no signs of Dyslexia/Dyscalculia then this can be ruled out and other avenues considered. The test will also allow you to see your child’s academic ability and if they are meeting their potential; if not this may indicate that further investigation is needed.

What is the test?

Each test lasts about an hour and assesses the child in a number of areas around Literacy and Maths. These identify your child’s ability, completes a diagnostic check and assesses their attainment. A full report will then be produced and reviewed with you.

The report will highlight if your child has no signs of, a few signs of, mild, moderate or severe Dyslexia/Dyscalculia. Following this session the report is yours to keep and can be shown to your child’s class teacher or SENCO. This is a great first step to investigating any areas of concern which can then empower you to seek further support if needed.