Research Project FAQs
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We are running several research projects at the moment. The aims of these are to update our assessments of thinking ability, language skills, maths, and attention, for children. We would welcome your child's participation in the study.
By testing large numbers of children in many different schools we can understand how children of each age typically perform. It will then be possible in future for a health professional to use these tests for a range of purposes e.g. to tell when an individual child is beginning to fall behind, or to assess children who have suffered from brain injury/strokes to see how they are doing compared to typically performing children.
How do I sign up?
To sign up, click on the red button at the top or bottom of this page – this will take you to a very short form with just a few details that will allow us to see if your child is in the groups that we are currently looking for (eg. age).
What happens next?
If your child is in one of the groups we are looking for, we’ll get in touch with you and send you a link for a longer form that asks for a few more details.
The information requested in the form is only used to ensure that we include children from a wide variety of backgrounds and to ensure that your child is suitable for our project (eg some children may be taking a particular kind of medication that is not allowed as part of our research). The information will not be used for any other purpose, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Pearson research team.
If we have enough children from each of the groups, or if your child has a condition or takes medication that is not allowed in this particular research project then your child may not be asked to take part.
If from the 2nd form your child still meets our criteria, we will invite your child to take part! We will get in touch with you to let you know and to organise a good time for the assessment.
Where will the assessment take place?
The assessment will take place at one of the Pearson offices, depending on where you live – either Oxford (OX2) or Central London (near Covent Garden).
How many times will I need to come in?
Depending on which project your child is selected for, there may be 1 or 2 testing sessions, each lasting from 60-90 minutes (slightly less for under 4s). If you are selected for a project with 2 sessions, they will take place on different days so you will be asked to come in twice.
What will my child be doing?
This depends on the project your child is selected for, and their age. Your child may be completing games and puzzles, naming pictures, answering questions, or doing maths quizzes and problems.
Who will be taking the assessment?
A qualified assessor, eg a psychologist or assistant psychologist, will do the test with your child. All of our assessors have current enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.
What will I receive for my time?
For each testing session that your child is asked to come in for, your child will be given a £20 voucher. This will be their choice of an amazon.co.uk or a WHSmith voucher.
What if I change my mind about taking part?
You are free to withdraw your child at any time and without giving a reason.
What will you do with the results?
All information about your child will be treated in the strictest confidence, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Pearson research team. All the results from your child’s tests will have any identifying information, like their name, removed before they are used. Personal details of your family will be known only to the researcher in charge of the study and will be kept secure at Pearson Assessment UK.
Your child's test results will be used for statistical purposes only. The results will be used to develop the assessments that when published will be used by professionals like psychologists and speech and language therapists to ensure that children receive the support they need at nursery/school.
Will I receive the results of my child’s assessment?
As the purpose of the research is to create comparison scores to see which children are falling behind in their development, and because these tests are not yet finished or ready to publish, unfortunately we will not be able to give you the results of your child's test.
Thank you very much for your time, your help with our research is really appreciated.
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