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Last reviewed on 1 April 2021
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From 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.

What's changing?

The engagement model will be mandatory for all maintained schools, academies and PRUs from September 2021.

It's an assessment tool that replaces P scales 1 to 4.

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)

The pre-Key Stage standards will still be used at the end of KS1 and KS2 for pupils who are working below the standard of the National Curriculum assessments and are engaged in subject-specific study.

This is set out in the engagement model guidance from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA), which we refer to more below. 

The engagement model will be mandatory from September 2021. This was previously 2020 but has been put back a

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