Interpreting scores

If a child has a poor or below average working memory it is likely that they will struggle in the school classroom and be at risk of poor educational attainment. In such cases it may be appropriate to consider a full and detailed assessment of a child’s working memory and related skills. In such cases it is also necessary to explore interventions to reduce the chance of children failing on learning activities as a result of a poor working memory. If a child has an average working memory they may also benefit from some of the interventions. It may be possible for them to improve their working memory to an above average or good level. If a child already has an above average or good working memory, they will be well equipped to perform well in the school classroom and achieve good levels of scholastic attainment. Details about teaching strategies and interventions that can be used for children with a poor working memory are discussed in detail in the next chapter.