The majority of available literature on the topic of initial assessment consists of policy documents aimed at providers of ESOL and Basic Skills education. There have been a number of government initiatives in the UK aimed at improving standards in literacy and numeracy.
The QCA says schools with half decent admissions procedures are the ones which will adequately identify support needs; http://www.qca.org.uk/qca_7143.aspx
Ofsted www.excellencegateway.org.uk recommends “STL” as example of good practice… so off I went to Google STL; http://www.stltraining.co.uk/ and then emailed someone from STL to enquire about their assessment policy. One month on and I've heard nothing.
Anyway, the general guidance from Ofsted is that good practice in initial assessment must have;
- Team approach to support
- Detailed initial assessment
What do their inspectors look out for?...
So now we know.