Emotional Literacy Quick Reference Guide

  • Age Range: 7-16 years
  • Suitable for: Teachers
  • Test duration: untimed
  • Test format: Paper

Emotional Literacy

A standardised assessment measuring pupils' emotional literacy and providing ideas for intervention.

Emotional Literacy is the term used to describe the ability to understand and express feelings. Emotional Literacy involves having self-awareness and recognition of your own feelings and knowing how to manage them, such as the ability to stay calm when angered or to reassure oneself when in doubt.

Emotional Literacy: Assessment and Intervention provides practical tools that can be used by anyone involved in the education of children and young people. The assessment is designed to discover where pupils’ strengths and weaknesses are in the area of emotional literacy, in order to provide a better understanding of these competences and, where necessary, to highlight areas for intervention.
Emotional Literacy covers five key areas of emotional literacy:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Social skills.

The assessments take the form of three checklists:

  • Pupil checklist – the child marks themselves against statements such as ‘I often lose my temper’ using ‘very like me’ through to ‘not like me at all’. Each answer has a numerical score, which combine into an overall emotional literacy score.
  • Teacher checklist – completed by the teacher, and scored in the same way as the pupil checklist – produces a score for each of the subscales (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills) as well as the overall emotional literacy score.
  • Parent checklist - mainly used for the parents of children receiving 1-1 or small group intervention – produces a score for each of the subscales, as well as the overall emotional literacy score.

The checklists can be carried out either on photocopiable paper forms, or onscreen using the supplied CD.

Intervention/follow up
Emotional Literacy contains a wealth of information about techniques to develop and support pupils, with specific activities to support each of the five subscales.