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Born in Bradford researchers are carrying out assessments that will show the learning ability, working memory capacity, and well-being of children in Y3 and Y4. The assessments will indicate which children are struggling in class and will pick up where their difficulties lie, for example in their fine motor control, their language skills or their working memory. These assessments are free to Bradford schools.
The assessments are presented to the children as ‘games’ using a special touch screen computer and stylus pen. Children will complete 3 tasks that measure the kind of fine motor skills needed for handwriting, drawing and using scissors
Memory is measured by asking the child to remember, for example, a sequence of numbers and to keep them in their memory whilst doing other tasks.
How quickly a child can process information is measured by asking them to count, for example, the number of red circles on the screen as fast as they can.
The children will also be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about their well-being and happiness. The questions ask them about how they feel about their lives, about their family and where they live, their schools, their friends, about the kinds of things they own (clothes, phones) and the kind of job they would like as an adult. None of these questions are distressing to answer. The questionnaire is done under the supervision of the class teacher and one of our researchers; it takes 15 minutes to complete.