High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials

Potential Plus UK currently offers two assessments of high learning potential: High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials and High Learning Potential Assessment Plus. High Learning Potential Assessments help parents to identify and support key areas of their child’s education and development.

The High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials is an online assessment, undertaken remotely with a qualified assessor. It takes 2 hours to complete and offers information about a child’s current strengths and weaknesses. It provides key information about a child’s IQ, academic skills, processing speed, self-regulation in learning and sensory processing.

The High Learning Potential Assessment Plus is an in-depth, in-person assessment which takes 4 to 5 hours to complete at one of our assessment centres. The Assessment Plus offers a rich level of detail from a wide set of assessment measures, and extensive recommendations.

If you would like to book the High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials, please telephone Potential Plus UK on 01908 646433. If you are interested in our Assessment Plus service instead, please see our High Learning Potential Assessment Plus page for more details.

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The High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials

The High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials offers parents key information regarding their child’s abilities (including IQ), 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.
This is a remote online assessment with a qualified assessor. The assessment tests take approximately 2 hours and are suitable for children aged 6 years and above who are happy to be in a room on their own, working with the assessor remotely. The norm-referenced tests used have been chosen for their suitability for establishing a child’s high learning potential and identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

The Assessment Covers

  • Cognitive ability using a brief IQ test (Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition)
  • Current academic achievement in reading comprehension, maths computation and maths concepts and applications (Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Third Edition, Brief Form)
  • Aspects of phonological skills relating to processing speed (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing, First Edition)
  • Work ethics (The Gifted Rating Scales – Motivation Scale/ Questionnaire on Self-Regulated Learning-7
  • A brief measure of sensory processing (Short Sensory Profile, Second Edition)

We also gather background information about the child from their parents and school (where appropriate).

Following the Assessment

  • Parents receive a report which pinpoints the current strengths and weaknesses of their child and highlights actions that could be taken to support their child’s unique profile at home and at school.
  • Parents receive a half-hour follow-up telephone consultation with the assessor once the report has been received.

Who Would Benefit from This Assessment?

Whilst our High Learning Potential Assessments are 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 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.

Assessment Costs

  • Family Plus Members: £395 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £515 including VAT (pro rata upgrades from Family Essential to Family Plus memberships are available. Associate members and non-members are recommended to consider taking out Family Plus Membership)
  • Eligible Family Plus 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 results for all the tests. It contains relevant points from the background information collected from family, child (and school if applicable), and observations made on the day. Based on interpretations drawn from the test results, background information and observations, a summary of your child’s current learning profile, strengths and weaknesses is provided. Bullet point recommendations for family (and school) are also included, highlighting actions which you could take to support your child.

It is possible to request certain add-on assessments (listed below). However, if you require a full handwriting assessment (which has to be done in person) or a separate school report with a school call, these are only available as additional reports to the in-person High Learning Potential Assessment Plus service.

“My daughter completed this assessment this afternoon and I must say how very impressed I was with the whole set up. Having considered the in person assessment for a while but thought it would be difficult due to location and childcare for my disabled son, this option meant we could go ahead without any complications. Thank you so much!”  – Parent

Add-On Reports

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In-Depth Sensory Profile – Add-On Service

Where the results on the Short Sensory Profile (within the High Learning Potential Assessment Plus report) 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:

  • Family Plus Members: £175 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £205  including VAT (pro rata upgrades from Family Essential to Family Plus memberships are available. Associate members and non-members are recommended to consider taking out Family Plus Membership)
  • Eligible Family Plus members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.
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Emotional and Social Profile – Add-On Service

Sometimes children with High Learning Potential 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 High Learning Potential Assessment Plus report:

  • Family Plus Members: £260 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £310 including VAT (pro rata upgrades from Family Essential to Family Plus memberships are available. Associate members and non-members are recommended to consider taking out Family Plus Membership)
  • Eligible Family Plus members who would struggle to meet the cost of an assessment can apply to the Scholarship Fund for assistance.

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Families benefit from access to our advice line, our electronic resources and our Focus newsletter.

Schools benefit from access to our advice line, online resources and the High Learning Potential Best Practice Award.