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Connecting Steps

from B Squared

Pupil Tracking and Evidence of Learning Software

B Squared has been trusted by schools for over 20 years. Connecting Steps, our assessment software is designed to be easy to use but deliver the information needed. Evisense, our evidence of learning platform is the easiest way to record and share evidence. Our products are designed to reduce teacher workload, not increase it.

We are ready for the removal of P Scales, are you?

Engagement Steps

Our new assessment framework for pupils not yet engaged in subject specific learning. Engagement Steps covers the four broad areas of need and the seven aspects of engagement.

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Progression Steps

Our new assessment framework for pupils engaged in subject specific learning. Starts at the pre-key stage standards and continues, covering a wide range of subjects

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Primary Steps

Our new assessment framework for pupils engaged in subject specific learning covering the Primary Curriculum. Primary Steps is a fully inclusive assessment framework.

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Maximise Effectiveness

Are you getting the most out of your B Squared products? We offer a range of training courses for schools and even a FREE training webinar each month. What are you missing out on?

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Data Made Easy

Our analysis module makes understanding your tracking data within Connecting Steps easy. Powerful reports can show consolidation, spiky and non-linear progress easily.

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Evidence the Learning

Pupils with SEND show progress in a broad range of areas, not just academic subjects. Use Evisense to capture these achievements and share with parents

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"B Squared has been an asset in our school development over the last 2 years. It has helped to strengthen our assessment procedures and tighten our planning. It was crucial in securing our Outstanding OFSTED Inspection too! "

Lisa Bird, Headteacher, Elmsleigh Infant & Nursery School, Derbyshire


Connecting Steps Keeps Getting Better

B Squared have been working with schools for over 20 years, creating assessment frameworks for the curriculums that schools follow. Our approach to assessment allows schools to show the small steps of progress pupils with SEND make. Over the years we have partnered with schools to develop new frameworks and new features.

Our latest frameworks were designed as a response to the Rochford Review to support schools after the removal of P Levels. The new pre-key stage standards are too narrow to be used for ongoing assessment, so schools need something else. Teachers need assessment frameworks that shows the progress that pupils with SEND make, gives next steps and allows them to use an individualised curriculum.

The removal of P Levels has given schools a number of challenges. In June 2018 we ran a webinar called 'Are you Ready for the Removal of P Levels?' It introduced the teacher assessment framework for pupils working below the national curriculum assessment standard and talked about the challenges schools face by its introduction. If you missed the webinar you can watch it by clicking on the link below:



Don't worry, we can help!

Removing the P Levels means that the common language schools have used for the last 17 years has also been removed. We have introduced a range of frameworks to support schools move away from P Levels, this is based on the new language the DfE are using for pupils with SEND. We have tried to be clear on how the frameworks fit together, but it is often easier to have someone talk you through the different options we have available.

If you would like to find out how Connecting Steps makes assessing easier then click on the button below to arrange a FREE online meeting at a time that suits you. The meetings last around 30 minutes and are a great way to find out how the software works and how it can be used in your school. Click on the button to arrange a time that suits you.

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Want to make assessment easier?

Click on the button to arrange a FREE online meeting to find out more about what we do and how we can help your school

"Evisense allows us to centrally store evidence, share good practice, improve whole school approaches to annotation and assessment and track evidence against assessment outcomes. As a leader in the school I am able to easily see the learning and progress occurring in classes."

Samantha Hepworth, Assistant Headteacher, Applefields School, York


Evisense - An Evidence Revolution

Evisense from B Squared is designed to make capturing evidence of learning easier. Use a social media style interface that is easy to use to collect photos, videos, audio and documents to capture the achievements your pupils make. Sharing evidence with parents in Evisense is easy. Increase parental engagement by sharing with parents all the different activities their children take part in. Schools have the option of allowing parents to comment or even add their own evidence.

Many of the activities undertaken by children with SEND are temporary, such as building a tower of bricks or mark making in sand/shaving foam. Being able to record these achievements using photos and video is an important part of the assessment process. Teaching staff can use this evidence to show achievement and demonstrate progress in a relevant and meaningful way.

Using evidence to engage parents

Evisense - Work Smarter

In the current climate schools need to work smarter. Schools have had to make difficult decisions over the last few years to save money. But you don't always have to cut something out to save money, by working smarter schools can save money and be more productive. Schools often spend a large amount of time, money and effort building paper based evidence portfolios. Evisense enables teachers to change the way these portfolios are created, moving from a time consuming paper-based approach to an easy-to-use digital system.

We developed Evisense as a result of feedback from teaching staff who were frustrated with the amount of time spent on collating supporting evidence. Using Evisense, the laborious task of cutting and pasting photographs into reports is eliminated so staff can focus on teaching. It has been designed to be secure, collaborative and flexible, providing teachers with an evidence management tool that fits with the way they work

Check out our blog on saving money by using Evisense

If you would like to find out more about Evisense why not book an online meeting at a time that suits you. Let us explain how Evisense works, how secure it is and how easy it is to share evidence with parents.


 

Whats new?

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22/02/2019

Over the last year we have been working on our new framework Steps 4 Life, designed for pupils working towards functional skills, life skills and employ-ability skills. These frameworks can be used from Key Stage 3 onward. We are now at the stage where we would like to invite schools to trial our Living Skills pack. We are around 80% of the way through content creation and would like feedback on the content we have developed so far.

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20/02/2019

Our Engagement Steps assessment framework, for pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning, has been shortlisted as a finalist for this year's ERA awards. It was recognised in the category Special Education Resource or Equipment including ICT. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 22 March at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham.

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21/12/2018

The virtual SEND conference is for all professionals working with pupils with SEND, not just our customers. We are dedicated to supporting SEND and ensuring professionals have access to high quality information and guidance that they can access and afford. It will provide useful content at classroom level, tips from like-minded professionals, for the everyday challenges SENCOs & teachers face in helping children with SEND.

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05/12/2018

As part of our ongoing commitment to deliver the best knowledge/help for our teacher customers, we now offer FREE webinars. Our webinars will keep you up to date with new products, features and how we are responding to changes from the Government as well as FREE training on Connecting Steps.

Don't miss the next Connecting Steps training session 

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