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?