PASS is an all-age survey for pupils aged 4 – 18+ years that will help you understand your pupils’ mindsets as they come back to school, and if they are confident, ready and motivated to learn.

PASS is a nationally benchmarked psychometric assessment specifically designed to spot attitudinal or emotional issues in children, and will be a useful tool to help your pupils settle back into school life and track how they reacclimatise over the months ahead.

When pupils return to school after lockdown, it is likely that their attitudes to themselves and their learning will have been impacted by the prolonged period of remote education.

Some pupils may have become disengaged and lost their confidence, some may have adapted well to independent working and got used to the different way of working, and others may have been through a period of heightened anxiety. All scenarios will impact how pupils will resettle into school life – and PASS enables you to measure these attitudes so you can provide the most appropriate pastoral support.

Taking just 20 minutes to complete and available in 26 languages, PASS acts as an effective early warning system for schools. Traffic light reporting is easy to read and act on, helping to pinpoint who’s at risk so you can plan interventions early and sensitively. 

Our ready-made collection of PASS Interventions provides ideas on how to address any issues identified in your results. In the Autumn term, we will also provide additional interventions that are specifically designed to build pupil confidence after a prolonged absence from school.

How can PASS make a difference to you this year?

Quick Questions

What does PASS do?

Uncovers emotional or attitudinal problems (such as low self-regard or attitudes to attendance) likely to hinder achievement at school.

How does PASS differ from a bespoke survey?

PASS was established by educational psychologists and standardised on 600,000 children, so the results are statistically reliable in measuring highly subjective and sensitive issues. Your results will be set against national benchmarks, enabling to see how your pupils compare to the national picture.

What does PASS tell you?

Where there are potential, or actual, risks of disengagement in children, graded according to a simple traffic light system, and measured against national benchmarks. Green, yellow, amber and red flags provide an instant visual indication of problems and their severity.

How do I use PASS?

It’s a short self-evaluation digital survey which takes just 20 minutes. Pupils are asked to respond to a series of statements about learning and school, corresponding to these nine standardised factors proven to be significantly linked to educational goals:

Attitudinal factor

What it measures

1. Feelings about school

Explores whether a pupil feels secure, confident and included in their learning community.

2. Perceived learning capability

Offers an insight into a pupil’s level of self-respect, determination and openness to learning.

3. Self-regard

Equivalent to self-worth, this measure is focused specifically on self-awareness as a learner, highlighting levels of motivation and determination.

4. Preparedness for learning

This measure covers areas such as study skills, attentiveness and concentration, looking at the pupil’s determination and openness to learning.

5. Attitudes to teachers

This measures a young person’s perceptions of the relationships they have with the adults in school. A low score can flag a lack of respect.

6. General work ethic

Highlights the pupil’s aspirations and motivation to succeed in life, this measure focuses on purpose and direction, not just at school, but beyond.

7. Confidence in learning

Identifies a pupil’s ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with a challenge.

8. Attitudes to attendance

Correlating very highly with actual attendance 12 months later, this measure enables teachers to intercede earlier with strategies to reduce the likelihood of truancy.

9. Response to curriculum demands

This measure focuses more narrowly on school-based motivation to undertake and complete curriculum-based tasks, highlighting the pupil’s approach to communication and collaboration.

PASS is available in English and Welsh versions online. Translated statements in 26 other languages are available on request (paper only) to help you support EAL pupils. For the full list of languages available and information for requesting your copy please click here.

Who uses PASS?

PASS is an all-age survey for pupils aged 4-18+ years. It is widely used across both primary and secondary schools by teachers, SLT, SENCOs and Educational Psychologists.

Almost 2 million PASS assessments have been completed over the last 5 years.

Which areas of PASS will be most useful to view in light of the lock-down?

PASS can be used on return to school to better understand the impact of lockdown and remote learning on pupils’ wellbeing, as well as their readiness to resume school routines and learning. 

Particular factors of interest will be Perceived learning capacity, Self regard, Preparedness for Learning, Confidence in Learning and Response to curriculum demands. 

Which languages are available?

PASS is available in 26 languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Polish, Romanian and Russian. Please contact us to find out more.

What are the PASS Interventions?

Our PASS Interventions contain practical advice and solutions to respond to the results provided by PASS. They provide guidance as to how these problems may present in the classroom and an overview of the research underpinning the different approaches suggested.

Each of the 50+ interventions is linked to one of PASS’s nine factors, and provides ideas on how to address any issues identified in your results.

In the Autumn term, we will also provide additional interventions that are specifically designed to build pupil confidence after a prolonged absence from school.

They are free to all PASS users and are available through your Testwise homepage.

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Introducing PASS Interventions

Our new Interventions are free to all PASS users and available now through your Testwise homepage.

The interventions contain practical advice and solutions to respond to the results provided by PASS. They provide guidance as to how these problems may present in the classroom and an overview of the research underpinning the different approaches suggested.
Each of the 50+ interventions is linked to one of PASS’s nine factors, and provides ideas on how to address any issues identified in your results.

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