High Learning Potential Assessment Plus

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Potential Plus UK currently offers two assessments of high learning potential: High Learning Potential Assessment Plus and High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials.

The High Learning Potential Assessment Plus helps parents to 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 in-person by specialist assessors in one of our centres. We currently have centres in Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, Brockworth in Gloucestershire and Tarporley in Cheshire.

The High Learning Potential Assessment Essentials service while also helping parents to identify and support key areas of their child’s education and development, offers an alternative, more abbreviated assessment which can be undertaken remotely.

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

The High Learning Potential Assessment Plus

High Learning Potential Assessment Plus 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. This in-depth assessment takes 4-5 hours and is suitable for children aged 4 ½ years* and above. 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, together with being comparable with other measures of cognitive ability and achievement.  This is a comprehensive report, with a rich level of detail and recommendations.

*Children should have had at least 1 term in Reception before assessment to allow us to give the best advice for a school setting.

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 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 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.

Assessment Costs

  • Family Plus Members: £750 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £870 including VAT – (pro rata upgrades from Family Essential to Family Plus memberships are available. Family Essentials members automatically upgrade to Family Plus membership on renewal after the first year and would then be eligible for Family Plus Assessment costs. 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 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.

Add-On Reports

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School Advice Pack – Additional Report

Families can request an additional report to the High Learning Potential Assessment Plus, 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:

  • Family Plus Members: £185 including VAT
  • Family Essential, Associate Family Members or Non-members: £225 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.

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.

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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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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 the High Learning Potential Assessment Plus (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 High Learning Potential Assessment Plus:

  • 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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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.