We find MIST extremely useful to identify children who are finding the basic literacy concepts challenging at the mid way point of the senior infants year... Forward Together provides us with a very useful tool to work with parents to help their children improve their literacy skills.
Cliona Kelly, Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Boys Primary School Bishopstown Cork

MIST Quick Reference Guide

  • Age range: 5-6 Years
  • Suitable for: Teachers
  • Test duration: untimed
  • Test format: Paper

Middle Infant Screening Test and Forward Together

Identify early literacy difficulties with Middle Infant Screening Test and actively involve parents with the Forward Together Programme, a recovery programme for use with up to eight pupils.

The Middle Infant Screening Test (MIST) and Forward Together Programme focus on reading, writing and listening skills and together provide a comprehensive screening, diagnostic and recovery package for younger children.

MIST identifies early literacy difficulties and the Forward Together Programme provides a recovery programme for those children identified as likely to benefit. Lasting from eight to 12 weeks, the programme can bring pupils’ skill levels in reading and writing up to that of their classmates, raising confidence and self-esteem. Each pupil works through the Forward Together Activity Sheets either at home with the help of a parent, or in school with Learning Support staff.

The programme now includes a new Forward Together photocopiable binder, enabling even greater flexibility of interventions at home and at school, and accompanying updated commentary in the Teacher’s Guide.

Results from MIST give an overall picture of a pupil's performance and their learning strategies in functions which are related significantly to early reading and writing.

Why use MIST and Forward Together?

  • MIST identifies the lowest-achieving 20-25% of pupils in any one class or year group
  • MIST is group administered, so time is spent efficiently and those needing extra support, who may have been previously overlooked, can be screened into the Forward Together Programme
  • Whilst Forward Together can be used in school it also encourages parental involvement and early home-school links that can influence attitudes to helping children throughout their school career
  • Pupils work at their own pace, completing the programme in eight to 12 weeks.

Classroom Pack contents

  • Forward Together Activity Folder
  • Pupil Booklet (x20)
  • Class Record Sheet
  • Teacher’s Guide

Cognitive Abilities Test

Identify a pupil's developed abilities and likely academic potential

Progress Test Series

Measure pupil progress in English, maths and science

New Group Reading Test

Monitor reading and comprehension skills and determine reading age

Pupil Attitudes to Self and School

Identify fragile learners and discover hidden barriers to learning