Monitoring the progress of vulnerable pupils: gathering evidence

See what data you can use when monitoring the progress of vulnerable pupils, and find tools to help you track behaviour and wellbeing.

Last reviewed on 24 March 2022
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  1. Apply a holistic approach to tracking progress
  2. Use this behaviour and vulnerability profile tool
  3. Try these tools for monitoring pupil wellbeing
  4. Know which pupils to track

Apply a holistic approach to tracking progress

It's important to consider more than just test results or termly assessments.

Consider attainment

Use assessment information to compare the performance of vulnerable pupils with that of other pupils in the same cohort.

You can also use classwork and marking from books as evidence of attainment.

Consider using a graded judgement for the work in pupils' books, for the purpose of tracking only. How you do this will depend on your school’s assessment system.

Have a group of teachers moderate evidence gathered from classwork and pupils’ books, so you get a more accurate picture of attainment. 

Track vulnerable pupils’ attitudes

This could be their attitudes to learning, school, teachers or other areas.

Develop your own tracker by interviewing and surveying vulnerable pupils, or use commercial trackers.

You can also measure attitudes by:

  • Having conversations with the child protection officer at your school
  • Assessing how your school is working with the child's family

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