The Boxall Profile

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What is the Boxall Profile?

The Boxall Profile is an invaluable resource for the assessment of children and young people's social, emotional and behavioural development.

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 is, from a practical point of view, very easy to use. 

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 Boxall Profile Tests - 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

Section I 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

Section II 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

The Boxall Profile is available to use either as a paper tool or an online tool. Schools decide which type of use is more suitable for their setting.

Boxall Profile individual paper assessments or 'inserts' are available to purchase in the 'Publications' section. The assessor scores 0-4 against each question or statement in the profile, they then tally the scores and using a pencil, shades a graph to plot where the child's outcomes are against the standardised 'norms'. The paper tool can be purchased in two types: for both primary or secondary age groups. 

The Boxall Profile is also available as an online tool. The user clicks the relevant score against a question and a measurement against the 'norms' is automatically generated. You can also group assessments into class settings, showing the behavioural 'trends' in a class to target areas in need of addressing in multiple children. The online tool is quicker, easier and also more cost effective for schools. 

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.

You can sign up at and you will get one free token to test and complete an assessment.