Track the smallest steps of progress made by pupils in Special Schools
No two pupils with SEND are the same. In a similar way, each Special School setting is unique. Whatever challenges your pupils face, all special schools need to provide an inclusive and stimulating curriculum. Staff must also be able to demonstrate the progress that each pupil makes.
The Rochford Review: Final Report states that: Parents and carers should receive meaningful information about the achievement and progress their child makes and should be involved appropriately in assessment processes.
Special schools need to make tracking SEN pupil progress effective and also communicate this to parents in a meaningful way. Increasing parental engagement is well recognised to have a positive impact on educational outcomes.
All change with the removal of P Levels and introduction of new pre-key stage standards
Recent changes in the Government’s guidance on assessment, including the removal of P Levels, has left many special schools looking for a new approach. We believe that the new pre-key stage standards are too narrow to be used for ongoing assessment. Teachers need assessment frameworks that show the progress that pupils with SEND make, give next steps and allow them to use an individualised curriculum.
B Squared is focused on supporting schools with their assessment after the removal of P Levels. Our latest assessment frameworks, used within our Connecting Steps assessment software, have been designed to meet these needs.