Education, Health and Care Plan

Find out how Pearson Assessment can support the implementation of the Education, Health and Care Plan in your setting with assessments, interventions and CPD resources.

Cognition and Learning

Cognition and learning is an area of need that focuses on:

  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD)
  • Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

Children and young people experiencing difficulties in these areas, may come to you requiring additional support around their ability to learn and do well at school. A wide range of needs are covered including moderate learning difficulties (MLD) to severe learning difficulties (SLD); and  profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), where children are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment.

Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning and include dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.2

Moderate learning difficulty was the most common type of need 23.8% of pupils with a primary need recorded in January 2015 had his type of need.3


Looking at the whole pupil

From screening tools for dyslexia to assessments such as the Raven’s - Educational and WIAT-III UK for Teachers (WIAT-III UK -T) we can help you look at a number of aspects of a young person's learning, so that you can find the right tools to provide evidence of need for the EHCP and applications for access arrangements and the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). 

Learn more about our Dyslexia Screening Tests >


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Information adapted from, educational needs in England: January 2015,


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