This September all students have had a baseline assessment using PIVATs 5 (Performance Indicators for Valued Assessment and Targeted Learning) for reading, writing, and elements of maths. We have also used reading, spelling and number tests to determine their age equivalent score where appropriate.
From the baseline assessment process and using pupils own thoughts regarding their future, their Statement Objectives / Education Health Care Plan Outcomes and next curriculum stage, small step targets are set and discussed with the pupil and parents. In additional to this, a broader outcome is agreed and a Learning Level summer target established.
‘Live’ small step targets (towards the bigger outcome) are displayed either on the pupil’s book or on the classroom wall, referred to when marking the pupils work and achievement towards them is monitored and discussed with each pupil.
Across the 5-13 years age group, staff are using a wide range of formative assessment to track pupil progress towards the long term outcomes set:
These documents are completed on a regular basis or at the end of a topic.
In January 2017 we will baseline our students using PIVATS 5 speaking and listening, and the PSED elements; Social Awareness and Relationships, Personal Independence and Self Help, Emotional Aspects and Behaviour for Learning. We are also developing our own Learning Levels to track progress in scientific enquiry, and a document to track personal development skills.
Learning Levels are based on the new National Curriculum and incorporate P levels. We use ‘CASPA’, a national data collection programme for SEND pupils, to collate information, analyse trends and measure individual and cohort progress. (Currently CASPA is only able to display the PIVATS 5 data using old national curriculum language).
In addition to the above staff also employ a range of summative assessment;
The above are carried out yearly or on an individual basis more regularly to monitor progress if required.
The data produced from these assessments are shared with parents through Progress Evenings, School Reports and also at Review meetings.
Please find below PIVATs 5 Learning Level descriptors.