Frequently Asked Questions

Are Educational MOTs only for children who are struggling with learning?

No, an Educational MOT is suitable for a wide range of abilities, including more able learners, however, it may not be suitable for children with severe and complex needs (please contact us to discuss your specific needs or see our ‘links’ page for organisations that may be able to offer more specialised support).

The benefits of having an MOT for your child are:

  • to promote confidence; by highlighting strengths, and successful ways of working.
  • to pinpoint what level your child is currently working at and give an indication of his/her potential (all results are given as age equivalences and standardised scores, in an easy to understand format).
  • to identify development areas that need extra support.
  • to provide easy to follow recommendations and next steps (for parent/tutor) to help boost learning.
  • to ensure more able learners are working to their potential, and being challenged.
  • to identify signs of a visual difficulty (8+) or other learning need (dyslexia, dyscalculia).
  • to help parents/carers understand how their child learns, and which learning strategies are most successful for them.

Can I stay and watch while my child is having an Educational MOT?

Yes, absolutely. There is space for parents to sit and observe the MOT; reading materials, guest wifi, water and fruit is also available for your comfort.

April ’20 UPDATE – All services are now online, Educational MOTs are carried out via Zoom (a free online meeting platform) to give a fully interactive experience, in either, one longer or several shorter sessions (dependent on the child’s needs).

My son has asked me why he’s having an Educational MOT, what should I say?

I often explain to children, that I’m like a ‘learning detective’, I carry out a few different checks to find out how children learn best, then use the things they’re good at, to help with the things they find tricky. Every child has strengths.

How can you get accurate results in only an hour and ten minutes?

All of the tests used, are nationally recognised, tried and trusted assessments. As a Principal teacher of Additional Support Needs, in mainstream education, I spent many years working with a variety of assessment and intervention materials, alongside educational psychologists and other professionals; from this experience I have been able to devise a concise child-friendly package, which provides reliable feedback in a relatively short amount of time.

Do the MOTs involve a lot of writing?

No, each MOT is made up of around 5 different tests – only a couple of them require the child to do any written work, the others involve answering questions, reading, or multiple choice; therefore, not too intensive for the child and as each part of the MOT is so varied, interest level is kept high, and so is pace.

Why do young children need to be assessed?

As a parent myself, I fully understand any reservations about assessing young children, however having worked in the education sector for over 25 years I now appreciate the importance and advantages of assessment, if carried out in the correct way, for the right reasons. Assessment is vital for tracking progress, planning next steps, identifying needs/strengths and for involving children (and parents) in their learning.

Why would a 5 year old need an Educational MOT?

Educational research has proven that the earlier a child’s academic needs (at whatever level) are identified and addressed, the more likely it is for them to have a successful educational life; early intervention is key. Effective early intervention works to prevent difficulties occurring or to tackle them head-on when they do, before they get worse. It also helps foster a whole set of personal strengths and skills that prepare a child for later life. In relation to home-educating, it is a useful way to identify which developmental areas your child should focus on (with clear guidance on how to boost learning) or as a general overview to track progress.

Can’t I find out what level my child is working at from their teacher?

Your child’s teacher will be able to tell you about your child’s learning in general terms (eg. within Curriculum for Excellence broad levels), however it is unlikely that the teacher will be able to tell you ‘exactly’ how your child is performing in the different areas of literacy and numeracy (ie. with age equivalences – which shows whether your child is working above or below the level expected at their age).

What will be in my report?

The report will include an explanation of the tests undertaken, plus observations made on the day. The results of the tests will be clearly stated (using standardised scores and age equivalences), along with the interpretations and next steps. Detailed recommendations are provided, for either a parent or tutor to follow, to help boost your child’s learning and confidence.

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