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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.
Assessment in an outstanding all-through special school
This Showcase presents a case study from an all-through special school that was awarded the Department for Education's assessment innovation fund grant. You will find information on how Frank Wise School baselines, assesses and analyses the progress of its pupils.
Assessment, recording and reporting in 'outstanding' special schools
How do 'outstanding' schools approach assessment, recording and reporting? We highlight assessment, recording and reporting practices in special schools judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
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.
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
From September 2020, 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 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.
The Rochford Review report
We summarise key points from the Rochford Review's final report in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
Transition: pupils leaving special schools
How can special schools support pupil transition into employment or education? We set out guidance from the SEND Code of Practice, one of our associate experts and Babcock LDP. We also look at the role of transitions officer and link to resources from Preparing for Adulthood.
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.
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