Last reviewed on 25 March 2022
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Learn what the engagement model for pupils working below the standard of the National Curriculum assessments covers, and how to assess under it.

This article is based on the engagement model guidance from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA).

Who does this apply to?

The engagement model is mandatory for:

  • Maintained schools
  • Academies
  • PRUs

It must be used for pupils who are:

  • Working below the standard of the National Curriculum assessments, and
  • Not engaged in subject-specific study at Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS2 (you can use it for pupils in KS3 and onwards, but are not required to)

Assess pupils who are working below the standard of the National Curriculum assessments but who are engaged in subject-specific study against the pre-Key Stage 1 and pre-Key Stage 2 standards.

What is subject-specific study?

Pupils engage in subject-specific study when they can demonstrate recognisable and specific skills, knowledge and understanding in English language comprehension and reading, English writing and mathematics. 

How the engagement model works

How well pupils are being engaged in developing new skills,