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  • Assessing pupils working between P scales and the primary curriculum Get to grips with the requirements for assessing pupils working between the P scales and the level of the curriculum. You’ll also find advice on assessment for these pupils outside end-of-Key-Stage assessments.
  • Assessment approaches in special schools How do special schools assess pupils? This article features case studies and expert advice on how special schools can assess the attainment and progress of pupils. It also addresses some frequently asked questions about assessment.
  • Curriculum planning in all-age special schools Are there examples of curriculum planning in special schools? We look at how four special schools plan curriculum opportunities and link to another article from The Key on thematic curriculum structures. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on planning across the school.
  • Evidencing the progress of pupils with complex needs How can we evidence the progress of pupils with complex needs? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on evidencing the progress of pupils with complex needs. We also link to another article with case studies from special schools outlining how they assess pupil progress.
  • Making a classroom dyslexia-friendly How can a classroom be made dyslexia-friendly? We look at tips for ensuring your classrooms meet the needs of dyslexic pupils, and guidance on inclusive practice. This article also looks at examples of approaches from two schools.
  • 'Outstanding' assessment in a special school: case study Learn from an 'outstanding' all-through special school how to baseline, assess and analyse the progress of your pupils, in 5 simple steps.
  • Special schools: curriculum requirements As a special school, can we offer a reduced curriculum? We look at which types of special schools must teach all National Curriculum subjects. We look at whether special schools must follow age-related expectations and if there is a set amount of time they should allocate to curriculum subjects.
  • The engagement model: changes to SEN assessment UpdatedFrom September 2021, following the current transition year, the engagement model will replace P scales 1 to 4 for children working below the standard of National Curriculum assessments in KS1 and KS2. Learn what the engagement model covers, how to assess under it, and what to do to prepare.
  • Thematic curriculum in special schools: examples Some special schools develop their curriculum around a theme. Get inspiration when developing your own curriculum with examples of thematic approaches in special schools.
  • Work scrutinies: pupils with SEN How can I scrutinise the work of pupils with SEN? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on how to assess work produced by pupils with special educational needs (SEN). We also include case studies on how two special schools conduct work scrutinies.