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​Simple Asessment Tests - Literacy and Numeracy - Updated May 2022

  • Schonell Reading Test - simple but effective standardised reading test that can be administered and scored in 15 minutes. Wordlist available for free download (Word format) from Seomra Ranga - here  and instructions and scoring sheet and reading ages - here.

  • Schonell Spelling Test - Download - Free Spelling Test - not diagnostic but quick to administer and provides a spelling age for pupil. Can also be administered to a group at the same time. Download has test, instructions, scoring and resultant spelling ages. It also has pupil sheet for test completion. 

  • First School Years Literacy Profile - a free pdf download that allows the teacher to record early reading progress starting with recognizing letter names and sounds on to reading 159 high frequency words - summary table also available.

  • Digipuzzle - an excellent free set of games to assist with revision of basics in a fun way for pupils with SEN.

  • Vocabulary Spelling City - some free games, most require payment. Ideal to encourage learning of Dolch words etc.

  • Free Graded Maths Assessment Tests - from English system, great guide for teachers new to Learning Support and provides accurate data ideal for planning individualised learning targets based on solid evidence.

  • Selection of Diagnostic Tests in use at St. Patrick's BNS - list provided by Mary Galvin, Deputy Principal in charge of SEN at the school - Word Format and PDF format

  • NCSE (National Council for Special Education) - huge resource for teachers of pupils with SEN and advice on many avenues of support available - the link provided here is directly to the Curriculum Support section. 

  • SESS Signposts - complete document in pdf format (27.6 mb) - very important tips for teachers at all stages dealing with pupils with SEN but especially for teachers starting out. 


Full list of websites and resources for primary schools - from Mary Immaculate College of Education (SEN)


Google Chrome Extensions and Apps - Google App Store (all SEN)

  • Read and Write for Google Chrome - sign up for free is available for teachers - here

  • Google Dictionary - Brilliant (and free) add on that works with any website - making it easier for pupils to work independently

  • Voice Recognition - great app and extension that allows pupils to speak to laptop or ipad and have their words magically appear in Google Docs - quite accurate.

  • Open Dyslexic - great extension which allows all websites to be viewed with Open Dyslexic font - ideal for all dyslexics.

  • Select and Speak - Takes the place of Chrome Speak - reads any text on any website. 

Extensions for Microsoft Edge

  • Talkie - does the same job as Select and Speak. Right click to use on any website once installed.

  • Open Dyslexic - as Google Chrome

100 Word Challenge website 

Samples of 100 Word Challenge - Ireland


Full pdf of Resource Course for SEN 

ISA Course - Day 6 Resources

INTO Intouch Mag - Co-operative Games

Download ideas sheet for use with parachute

PDST Links to Cooperative Games

Videos of Co-operative Games for Kids on YouTube and also here

Download super pdf (27 pages) explaining how Parachute Games are excellent in so many situations. 

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