This seminar explores the work undertaken by the Oxford Group for Children’s Potential. Working with schools nationally to identify children aged 7-13 years who are underachieving academically relative to their potential. The Group have developed two online tests of verbal and spatial reasoning for children (VESPARCH): one suitable for Year 3/4 children (into key stage 2) and one suitable for Year 6/7 children (into key stage 3). They either go into schools to administer the test themselves, or give secure access to schools to administer the test themselves. Large groups of children can complete the test at the same time, but every child completes the test on their own computer with their own headphones.
The Group provide detailed feedback to the school on every child that completed the test
– including an age-standardised score – and identify those currently underachieving relative to their potential. They work with children from a range of schools including special educational needs schools, mainstream schools, and highly selective schools.
Centre for the History of Woman’s Education and Winchester Women Graduates