Project TitleBrief Early Skills & Support Index (BESSI)
Track CodeHug-3300-16
Short Description

The Brief Early Skills & Support Index (or BESSI) test is owned by the University of Cambridge and is managed by Cambridge Enterprise Limited, the technology transfer and commercialisation office wholly owned by the University.

We are happy for teachers, researchers and other professionals working with nursery- and reception-aged children to use the BESSI questionnaire for non-commercial academic research by tertiary educational institutions and would appreciate hearing about this work. Copies of the BESSI questionnaire can be downloaded along with a coding manual, which provides information about using and scoring the questionnaire subject to acceptance of the licence terms.

For all other enquiries for use of the BESSI questionnaire including commercial use or use for the purpose of determining school readiness of children relating to school admittance, please get in touch with Cambridge Enterprise via the contact information below.


The Brief Early Skills and Support Index (BESSI) questionnaire has been developed by Prof Claire Hughes and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge and validated for use with nursery- and reception-aged children. The BESSI questionnaire is a promising teacher/nursery staff screening tool that is suitable for children aged 2.5 to 5.5 and provides a broader perspective upon school readiness than previous measures. Current research aims to determine whether the BESSI is appropriate for use in ethnically diverse areas.

A description of the test is listed below:

Hughes, C., Daly, I., Foley, S., White, N., & Devine, R. T. (2015). Brit. J. Educ. Psychol. 85, 332-356.

Posted DateJul 10, 2017 10:59 AM


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Non Commercial Academic License Free Download