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'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.
- 1. Assess pupils on entry, to get a baseline
- 2. Use the baseline to help you set targets
- 3. Track how pupils make progress against these targets
- 4. Review targets and use P scales as summative assessment
- 5. Analyse progress at a whole-school level
- Don’t use statutory assessments if these aren’t right for your pupils
1. Assess pupils on entry, to get a baseline
Frank Wise School, an all-through special school in Oxfordshire, developed their own formative assessment system.
Staff at the school assess children when they join (whether this is in reception or further up the school) using a series of diagnostic assessments.
- Cover various areas of development such as fine movement skills, play skills and visual perception
- Are carried out by a class teacher, assisted by a member of SLT if necessary
- Progress in difficulty, from easier assessments (e.g. point and response) to harder ones (e.g. numeracy) so teachers can work their way through and stop where appropriate
- Are based around their own curriculum, 'The Intellectual and Reasoning Skills curriculum'
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