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Steps to Excellence

An easy to use observation-based assessment framework for Scottish schools working on the Curriculum for Excellence


Curriculum: Curriculum for Excellence – covering pre-early level milestones and early level to fourth level benchmarks

Connecting Steps assessment framework: Steps to Excellence

Track progress and evidence achievements across the Curriculum for Excellence

B Squared has worked with schools in North Lanarkshire to develop a total solution for planning, assessment, reporting, monitoring, tracking and moderation of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). This solution aims to support all children and young people to achieve Scotland’s vision for life in the 21st Century including learning life and work. Used within our Connecting Steps assessment software, our Steps to Excellence assessment framework covers the eight curriculum areas of the CfE. Teachers can track pupil progress across the early, first, second, third and fourth level benchmarks and the pre-early level milestones for learners with complex additional support needs. Scottish schools can also easily demonstrate pupils’ achievements with photo/video evidence of learning using our evidence management system, Evisense.

CfE progress tracking with Steps to Excellence

Teachers can use our Steps to Excellence assessment framework to track progress, support their robust assessment judgements and plan both universal and targeted support for pupils. It provides opportunities for staff to reflect on the purpose of learning and supports dialogue about teaching and learning, assessment, attainment and achievement. Its powerful reporting tools can be used to represent detailed progress and achievement information to pupils, parents, staff, governors, local authorities and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

Our assessment framework breaks down content from the eight CfE curriculum areas:
  • Expressive arts
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious and Moral Studies
  • Sciences
  • Social Studies
  • Technologies
It also identifies success criteria to help learners with complex Additional Support Needs (ASNs) achieve the pre-early level milestones for:
  • Foundation Skills
  • Literacy and English
  • Numeracy and Mathematics

Connecting Steps is a fantastic resource for recording, tracking, monitoring and evaluating progress across the entire school community. It enables us to easily measure the effectiveness of our teaching and programmes of work - and clearly target next steps.

John Hamilton, Headteacher, James Reid School, North Ayrshire

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Connecting Steps

Our assessment software improves pupil outcomes, reduces admin time and simplifies reporting.


Evisense can record children's achievements and progress through photos, videos, audio files.

Scottish Assessment

 For pupils working on the Curriculum for Excellence, covering pre-early, early, first, second, third and fourth level.

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Evidence CfE achievements and experiences quickly and easily with Evisense

Designed to help educators record and highlight their pupils’ achievements and experiences, Evisense creates a portfolio of a child’s educational journey through the CfE.

Evisense makes capturing, managing and sharing evidence of learning easier

Achievements and experiences can be quickly and easily recorded as videos, photos, audio files or documents. These are stored on our secure hosted platform and can be shared with parents to increase engagement in their child’s development.

Evidence achievements

Evisense allows teachers to tag different pieces of evidence with one of the eight SHANARRI wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, and included) or as an aspect of the learner’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) accomplishments. Once tagged, these posts can be filtered and then viewed together to represent a pupil’s successes within each area or for a school to showcase the provision it delivers.

Find out how Evisense can make a difference in your school

Click on the button below to arrange a free online meeting to find out more about how to track progress and evidence achievements across the CfE using Connecting Steps and Evisense.


Using Connecting Steps and Evisense, teachers can plan, assess, report, monitor, track and moderate progress across the Curriculum for Excellence - supporting ALL children and young people to achieve Scotland's vision for life in the 21st Century including learning life and work.