High Learning Potential Assessment
Potential Plus UK offers a unique assessment called the High Learning Potential Assessment to help parents identify and support key areas of their child’s education and development. This assessment, along with additional add-on advice packs for schools, in-depth sensory profiles, emotional and social profiles and handwriting profiles are undertaken by specialist assessors in one of our centres.
We currently have centres in Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, Brockworth in Gloucestershire and Cheadle, Stockport in Cheshire.
If you would like to book an assessment of high learning potential, please telephone Potential Plus UK on 01908 646433.
The High Learning Potential Assessment
The Assessment of High Learning Potential gives parents and schools important information regarding a child’s abilities, potential and current achievement levels. The aim is for parents to have a better understanding of their child, thereby helping them to meet his or her educational, social and emotional needs. The assessment is suitable for children aged 4 ½ years and above. The norm-referenced tests used have been chosen for their suitability to establishing a child’s high learning potential and identifying their strengths and weaknesses, together with being comparable with other measures of cognitive ability and achievement.
The Assessment Covers
- cognitive ability using a brief IQ test (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test for Children)
- current academic achievement in reading, writing and mathematics (Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement)
- memory processing (Lucid Recall/Lucid Cognitive Profiling System)
- phonological skills (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing/Lucid Cognitive Profiling System)
- processing speed (Lucid Recall/Lucid Cognitive Profiling System)
- a brief measure of sensory processing (Short Sensory Profile)
We also gather background information about the child from their parents and school (if appropriate).
Following the Assessment
- Parents receive a comprehensive report with recommendations for supporting the child’s unique profile.
- Parents receive a follow-up telephone consultation with the assessor once the report has been received.
We can also provide a report specifically for the child’s school as an optional extra (see details below).
Who Would Benefit from This Assessment?
Whilst our High Learning Potential Assessment is beneficial for all children regardless of their situation or ability, there are certain times in which Potential Plus UK will recommend an assessment. For example, when:
- there is early, rapid and sustained development of intellectual ability which is not in line with peers; showing need for extra challenge or guided support in areas of weakness
- there are marked differences between work that is done at school and at home
- there are significant strengths in some areas, with poorer or possibly below average signs in others
- there is a deterioration in behaviour showing links to boredom or lack of stimulation
- there are specific issues such as school phobia, reluctance to write or problems with peer integration
Under these circumstances, an in-depth assessment, carried out by a trained and experienced assessor, can provide parents with vital information to enable them to provide their child with the support they need to reach their high learning potential.
The cost of the High Learning Potential Assessment is £620 for member families (£750 for non-members), inclusive of VAT. Members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.
What Will I Get in My Report?
The report will include an explanation of the tests undertaken on the day of the assessment, plus the background information collected from the parents and the school (if relevant) as well as observations made on the day. The results of the tests will be clearly stated, along with the interpretations drawn from the results and the background information. Detailed recommendations to support the child will be given so that parents know how best to support their child.
School Advice Pack – Additional Report
Families can request an additional report to the Assessment of High Learning Potential, in which the recommendations and action plan are specifically tailored for the classroom. The assessor will discuss how appropriate this additional report might be with families on the day of the assessment. This additional pack includes a follow-up telephone consultation by the school with the assessor to discuss the recommendations. The school pack costs £185 for members (£225 for non-members), inclusive of VAT. Members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.
This optional school report provides the same explanations of tests and interpretations. However, the recommendations and action plan are specifically tailored for the child in the classroom environment.
In-Depth Sensory Profile – Add-On Service
Where the results on the Short Sensory Profile (within the Assessment of High Learning Potential) for a child appear in the ‘more than others’ or ‘much more than others’ range, we offer an additional, follow-on service called the In-Depth Sensory Profile using The Sensory Profile 2 tool by Winnie Dunn.
The In-Depth Sensory Profile Service comprises of:
- an extensive Caregiver Questionnaire that parents take home to complete
- an extensive School Companion Questionnaire for the school to fill in (this is optional but recommended where there are difficulties at school)
- the processing of the results of the Caregiver Questionnaire
- a report detailing the results and tailored recommendations for home and school, based on the issues presented in each environment.
The In-Depth Sensory Profile Service will highlight specific patterns of sensory sensitivity and processing that are causing your child difficulties and provide individualised recommendations for appropriate interventions to aid your child’s development. Background information, observations made during the assessment and your child’s response to any intervention tools used on the day will also be fed into the report.
The cost of this additional service is £150 for members (£180 for non-members), inclusive of VAT. Members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.
Emotional and Social Profile – Add-On Service
Sometimes High Learning Potential children suffer some emotional and/or social problems due to their asynchronous development. Where parents are concerned about a child’s wellbeing and/or social development and discuss this with the assessor, we offer a follow-on Emotional and Social Profile service to investigate the child’s issues and provide an action plan to support them. This service is available for children aged 7 to 16.
Short emotional literacy checklists covering self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills are completed by the child, the parents and the school (if appropriate). Potential Plus UK is then able to produce profiles showing strengths and weaknesses across these areas so that we can provide an action plan to support the child in the areas they most need it.
The cost of this service as an addition to the HLP assessment is £240 (£290 for non- members), inclusive of VAT. Members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.
Handwriting Profile – Add-On Service
Having a high cognitive ability does not necessarily mean high performance in all areas and handwriting is one of the areas that sometimes holds high learning potential children back from fulfilling their potential. Where this is a concern for an individual who is undergoing a High Learning Potential Assessment (aged 9 and up) and following discussion with the assessor, we offer an additional, follow-on service to investigate the cause and extent of their handwriting difficulties and provide recommendations for support.
As part of the Handwriting Profile service we investigate the individual’s visual-motor integration and handwriting speed. Potential Plus UK then provides recommendations for how parents and school can support the individual’s handwriting based on our observation and the results of assessments administered.
The cost of this service as an addition to the HLP assessment is £160 (£195 for non-members), inclusive of VAT. Members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.