Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book a private assessment for my child?

Our award winning assessment is available privately for parents who might have concerns over their child’s reading or are simply interested to know more so they can provide better literacy support at home.

We have lots of exciting private options available including follow up support with our specialist consultants.

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Can I use Lexplore results for JCQ access arrangements?

Although results from the Lexplore Assessment cannot be used to award access arrangements, i.e 25% extra time and/or a scribe. A SENCO can certainly refer to test results when painting a picture of a candidates specific needs.

Nick Lait, Head of Examination Services, JCQ

Schools are indeed using Lexplore results to provide evidence for Access Arrangements. Our results can be used to support a teacher’s knowledge of a pupil’s specific abilities and needs, whilst helping to answer the following 7 questions about a pupil. See below, the specific questions, in bold, that Lexplore results can provide the answers for.

1. Can the pupil respond appropriately to a simple request or instruction given in English, without being prompted or aided by an interpreter or translator?

2. Does the pupil have a hearing impairment that prevents them from being able to respond appropriately to a simple question or instruction given in English, without being prompted or aided by a communicator or sign language interpreter or having to lip read?

3. Does the pupil need braille and/or enlarged print in order to read and understand text?

4. Can the pupil focus on a task, which requires them to work independently and without interruption, for at least 15 minutes without being prompted to stay on task?

5. Is the pupil prevented from being able to write independently at a speed of more than 10 words per minute by a physical, motor skill or learning disability?

6. Can the pupil read age-appropriate texts aloud and fluently, at a speed of 90 words per minute, without making errors, or with very few errors (this means less than 5 errors per 20 words).

7. Does the pupil have difficulty processing information, which prevents them from being able to answer questions on practice key stage 2 tests, even when they are allowed to refer back to the questions? 

 Lexplore is an excellent tool for assessing whether pupils require extra time in SATs tests. You can quickly determine whether a pupil is reading quickly enough and know that you will have an accurate, objective answer alongside the evidence base to prove this. 

Aimee Cave, SENCO and Assistant Headteacher, Pocklington Junior School

For KS1 and KS2 tests, access arrangements are based on normal classroom practice for pupils. Schools are not required to have external reports as evidence for access arrangements in the tests. We trust school leaders to choose the products and programmes that best suits the needs of their 

Alison Wright, Test Administration Manager, Standards & Testing Agency

 

 

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How can I see the technology in action?

A quick 30 minute online demonstration gives you the opportunity to explore our assessment and results portal, ask any questions you might have, and find out how Lexplore could work for your school.

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We also have lots of exciting exhibitions and conferences lined up where you can meet the Lexplore team and see our assessment at an event near you.

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What do we do after we have the results?

Within each pupil’s results teachers can find our guidelines for intervention which offer simple recommendations, activities and resources tailored to a child’s reading level to help build their skills in each reading component. Teachers can also find more free materials and guides in our Lexources Corner which help turn our objective results into personalised learning plans for each child.

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We are also in the process of launching Lexplore Intensive, a new reading training programme with free material specially designed for each child’s specific reading level. Get in touch with out team to find out more…

For more in depth interventions our team of SEN Consultants, reading specialists, and partner companies can help when it comes to referrals, and classroom or reading support.

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What if a pupil does not have English as a first language?

Our assessment can offer a fresh perspective when it comes to assessing pupils with English as an additional language. With powerful and objective algorithms able to take this into account during their analysis, it can offer the same exciting insight into reading regardless of children’s different backgrounds and situations.

“We want to root out any reading difficulties as soon as we can so we can help pupils make progress. Lexplore provides us with a completely unbiased way to assess our children”

Our assessment helps teachers to identify which pupils find reading difficult regardless of their fluency in English. And importantly, highlight possible underlying reading issues which could be masked by a lack of language knowledge.

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Where does the Lexplore assessment take place?

Our assessment can be carried out within the school environment. We just recommend examiners set themselves up in a quiet room close to the class from where pupils will be leaving and re-joining their lesson so there is little disruption to learning.

As the assessment only takes a matter of minutes per pupil children can return to class once they have completed the reading activity. More information about the set up of the assessment can be found in the testing environment and information you have access to as a Lexplore Customer.

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Will results be affected if a pupil wears glasses?

Our technology is able to monitor a child’s eye movements through all glasses and accurately determine reading attainment regardless.

The assessment has also been able to highlight some children who have specific eyesight difficulties and require glasses which might not have been picked up on as early with paper-based reading tests.

“The tests highlighted physical difficulties too. One pupil found it difficult to focus on the words with both eyes, which indicated that he might need glasses to correct his vision, so we spoke to his parents about arranging a sight test.”

Can a child sit the assessment if they are visually impaired?

So far we have been able to determine the reading attainment of pupils with many different visual impairments, and will continue to train our Machine Learning models as we encounter new data. The assessment has not only been able to identify those with optical impairments, but also those who may require reading glasses, based on their eye movement.

“The tests highlighted physical difficulties too. One pupil found it difficult to focus on the words with both eyes, which indicated that he might need glasses to correct his vision, so we spoke to his parents about arranging a sight test.”

How long does the Lexplore assessment take?

We estimate that the assessment takes between two and five minutes per child depending upon their reading speed. This enables schools to quickly assess a large number of pupils without additional workload. The results are available immediately in our user-friendly portal with no marking required.

“One of the main reasons we chose Lexplore is because it frees up so much time. Previously, it took teachers an entire term to do accurate assessments on their whole class. By contrast, 200 children went through the Lexplore assessment process in a week. Within five minutes of each assessment we had the results of their reading activity and an accurate attainment level.”