Hampshire Educational Psychology

Summary of the aims of assessment

Before a planning meeting can be set up, it is necessary to form a clear view of the focus of the concern that the meeting would aim to address. This can be achieved through an initial assessment process that considers the following questions:

Defining the behaviour

  • When does the challenging behaviour occur and not occur?
  • Where is it most likely to occur, or not occur?
  • What are the specific triggers?

Forming a hypothesis

  • What short-term gains are achieved for the pupil by his/her behaviour?
  • What longer term purpose might the pupil be trying to achieve?

Gathering information about the pupil

  • When is the pupil most likely to be successful?
  • What skills does the pupil already demonstrate?
  • What are the exceptions to the rule that "this pupil experiences emotional and behavioural difficulties"?
  • Who or what are the significant influences over the pupil's behaviour?
  • What is the pupil's view about the "problem"? What are his/her parents'/carers' views?


  • Who is most concerned by this behaviour?
  • What view do other people have of the pupil?

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