The International Association’s Year 7 survey

The International Association developed a survey especially for year 7, because, for most in the UK,  this is the year of transfer from Primary to secondary school.

By schools engaging their students in this project, they obtained  feedback from the International Association about their students’ abilities in literacy, numeracy, concentration and handwriting and how visual learning for word recognition and mental arithmetic could be used to help those students who are challenged. The school received an analysis of the data for all of your students, not just those who are challenged with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), so that you can clearly see the effects of successful visual learning and which youngsters would most benefit from this approach

We offered this research in the following year groups: year 7, year 12 (on entry to 16-18 training programmes) and entry to University programmes. These years have been selected to represent opportunities for change, and points at which youngsters will have great opportunities to learn new skills.  Some year groups offer better opportunities for change, for example

  • If year 7 is still in middle school, students can make changes before passing on to senior school.
  • Entry level years; when the survey will give colleges/schools a quick snapshot of a year, identifying where best to start visual learning teaching.

There is no cost to the school/college, apart from taking one lesson to work with the students to complete their self assessments and for a member of staff to add any additional comments, they know about the student. We want this is happen without stress so we recommend that a member of staff goes through the form with them so that those who are more challenged with literacy can complete if without fear.  There is room on the form for input from a teacher or coach.  It is useful to note here if someone has had any previous assessment.  Schools were asked to allow enough time for completion of this one page form by the students so they don’t feel under time pressure.

Forms need to be numbered and the school/college keep the correlation between student number and name, so there is no danger of confidentiality issues.

For the school or college to get the most benefit out of this project, we advise the Head Teacher or Principal and Senco or Inclusion Manager to be engaged in the outcome and how youngsters who are challenged can rapidly improve their skills.


Visual Learning questionaire intro

sample year 7 results - there is a very obvious pattern that learning to visualise words increases literacy and visualising numbers improves numeracy