White blonde haired child choosing smiley face card from choice of two options white smiling woman with brown hair and glasses if offering her from across a table.

By Carl Newbould – Leeds City Museums and Galleries

Evaluation for SEND pupils

There are many different ways to gather feedback but the traditional online or physical questionnaires are not always suitable for a young person with SEND. Below are a few alternatives you can use.

A voting system using a token and a box for example
How much did you enjoy this activity? Place a token in the box.






Using a scale is also a potential form of evaluation. The pupil can simply mark with a pencil where they are on the scale. For instance: “How interested are you in science?”

Not at all *————————————————————————————————* Very


Having a scale without numbers can be easier to mark for a young person. The assessor can then add numbers after the scales were handed in to approximate a number if it helps your figures.


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Rather than asking open questions on what a session made a young person feel or what they learnt about, you can have a collection of words that can be read out to them and they can nod or point to the ones they agree with. You will need to put in negative as well as positive words. An example of this is below;

Today’s workshop was …

  • Interesting
  • Boring
  • Fun
  • Tiring
  • Exciting

I liked learning about …

  • Animals
  • Habitats
  • Insects
  • Flowers

It is also good practice to have a visual communication aid for the answers like the example below:

photo of ladybird on a leaf