The Boxall Profile Online

What is the Boxall Profile Online?
The Boxall Profile is an online invaluable resource for the assessment of children and young people's social, emotional and behavioural development in all educational settings. You can access the assessment on our new website here.

"Understanding the SEMH needs of pupils is absolutely essential in developing a wholeschool approach to improving mental health and behaviour in schools" (from Mental health and behaviour in schools, where Boxall Profile is also cited). Boxall Profile Online provides such an overview as well as suggested strategies, targets and resources for effective support.

The Boxall Profile is a two-part assessment tool designed to track the progress of cognitive development and behavioural traits of children and young people through their education. The two-part checklist, which is completed by staff who know the child and young person best, is quick — and, very importantly, identifies the levels of skills the children and young people possess to access learning. The Boxall Profile Online is, from a practical point of view, very easy to use and accessible. 

Many children in school are insecure about their worth and often may not be able to articulate their feelings. Instead, they show their discomfort through their behaviour, examples of which may include self-withdrawal, achieving much less than they could, not making good relationships. Alternatively, they may engage in behaviour which is considered as 'acting out', disrupting others' learning, uncontrolled outbursts of destructive behaviour, put simply 'seeing red'.

Whatever the behaviour, the result is that they do not positively engage in education. Understanding what lies behind their behaviour can help all teachers to be confident in understanding individual pupil's behaviour, and ultimately help them with managing their class dynamic, which is where the Boxall Profile comes in.

The Boxall Profile helps with: 

  • Early identification assessment - supporting staff to develop their observational skills and their understanding of children and young people's difficulties

  • Target setting and intervention - setting individualised, achievable targets that reinforce target behaviour and skills

  • Tracking progress - helping staff review children and young people's target behaviour

  • Whole-class dynamic - understanding trends in behaviour can support staff to create bespoke learning plans to support whole class learning

How the Boxall Profile works

There are two sets of norms for the Boxall Profile - one for children (nursery/primary school pupils), and the other for young people (secondary school students). On completion of an assessment, the scores of each individual student are compared to the standardised emotional literacy scores of "competently functioning" children of a similar age group. Individualised, achievable targets for social and emotional aptitudes are then set for the student which are reviewed and re-assessed periodically.

Section I: Developmental strands

This section measures progress through the different aspects of development in the student's early years- the first part assesses the child and/or young person's organisation of learning experiences, the second assesses their internalisation of controls.

Section II: The Diagnostic Profile

This section consists of items describing behaviours that inhibit or interfere with the child's involvement in school- self-limiting features, undeveloped behaviour and unsupported development. They are directly or indirectly the outcome of impaired learning in the earliest years. The earlier in life children are identified, the greater the hope of being able to address and remediate their social, emotional and behavioural difficulties by offering the appropriate intervention and support.

How to use the Boxall Profile Online

When you sign up on Boxall Profile Online, you get one free token to test and complete an assessment and respective learning plan. The user fills in the relevant data for the child/young person, clicks the relevant score against each question and a measurement against the 'norms' is automatically generated.

The Boxall Profile Online functionality includes:

  • Easy-to-use scoring - compatible with computers and tablets.

  • Anonymised tracking - re-assess term to term, compare results and track progress.

  • Risk analysis - shows Boxall Profile results in three groups (high levels, low levels and no apparent difficulties) to facilitate whole-school early identification.

  • Create groups and see the behavioural 'trends' in a class to target areas in need of addressing in multiple children

  • Suggested strategies, resources and targets available as part of the price of the token/subscription

  • Transfer one or multiple EBPs (unique references that identify each child assessed on the Boxall Profile website) to a different school/organisation

If you would like to read more about the Boxall Profile Online or managing your account effectively, you can visit our Help Centre here. If you are interested in training opportunities, you can visit our training section here.

If unable to access the Boxall Profile Online, paper assessments or 'inserts' are available to purchase in the 'Publications' section. The paper tool can be purchased in two types: for both primary or secondary age groups.