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Screening

As part of our collection of school assessments, we carry out screening for a broad range of needs including; cognition and learning, physical and sensory, speech language and communication, social, emotional and mental health.

We also provide follow up services to support schools with the findings of any screenings.

How does screening work?

Screening involves a broad range of techniques to help to identify individuals at risk of specific needs, such as mental health needs, dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to name a few. Screening can take place through questionnaires, online tools and data analysis.

We provide screening on an individual, group and whole school level to suit all education settings. Screenings are a cost effective manner to promote good practice and ensure that resources are effectively utilised.

What are the benefits of screening?

Screening is available on individual, targeted and whole school levels. Screening brings many benefits as it helps school to:

Screening provides education settings with an objective measure to base decisions of who does or does not receive further input or provision. The results from screening can be used by education settings to justify decisions.

Knowing which needs are in a school, or likely to develop within a school helps to put provision and resources in place to reduce the impact or prevent the needs arising.

What happens prior to screening?

Prior to screening we would have an initial discussion with the SENCO, pastoral team or school leadership team to listen to objectives or concerns in order to come up with a joint action plan based on shared goals. Screening may be decided due to an increase in specific behaviours, a reduction in progress or following a specific event which could be traumatic to students.

Which screening assessments do we use?

We have a broad range of screening assessments available and the ones we use most often are:

  • WellComm - a screener for speech and language which identifies children with potential language difficulties
  • PI-ED - The paediatric index of emotional distress is a screener which can be used with children and young people aged 8 to 16 and looks into the symptoms of; anxiety and depression
  • CCC-2 - Children's communication checklist is a screener for communication problems and measures; speech, syntax, semantics, coherence, inappropriate initiation, stereotyped language, use of context, non-verbal communication, social relations, interests
  • Dyslexia screening test - This screener supports the early identification of individuals at risk of reading challenges
  • QB Check - This is a reliable clinical screener for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which takes place with the help of a laptop
  • The REAL - The roll evaluation of activities of life measures a child or young person's ability to care for themselves at home, school and in the community, measuring the following areas; dressing, hygiene and grooming, feeding, toileting, functional mobility, personal care devices, housework/chores, managing money and shopping, meal preparation, personal safety, travelling, school-related skills
  • BASC-3 BESS - Behavioural and emotional screening system measures behavioural and emotional strengths and weaknesses in children and adolescents
  • Brown ADD scales - Brown attention-deficit disorder scales measures; organisation, attention, sustaining effort, managing frustration, modulating emotions, the use of working memory, self-monitoring and self-regulating action
  • PhAB2 - Phonological assessment battery can also be used as a screening tool for potential language difficulties
  • CLEAR phonology screening assessment - The CLEAR covers all English phonemes and is used as a screener

In addition to providing the screening assessments we also provide a broad range of follow up services.

Screening is a cost effective way of identifying emerging needs on a whole school level which may previously have not been noticed. Screening also helps to determine whether an individual is likely to have a specific condition, and can influence the decision to go for a comprehensive specific assessment, or to put interventions in place.


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