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Individual and environmental assessment

Assessment is important not only to establish individual needs and the need for adjustments to the learning environment and experiences of the pupil, but also to act as a way of sharing and communicating information. Teachers (and other professionals) are not the only ones who ‘assess’. Everyone coming into contact with the child will make some form of assessment. Some may be ill-informed and peremptory and some well-considered and balanced. It is likely that the pupil will become aware of other people’s assessments in the normal course of events.