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Analyse Your Assessment Data for Pupils with SEND Easily

Connecting Steps Analysis Module (CSAM) is a powerful add-on for Connecting Steps. It empowers users, providing them with easy to create, easy to understand graphs and reports.

This module is available for schools using Connecting Steps V4. CSAM allows more extensive grouping and filtering of data recorded in Connecting Steps; results can be compared across multiple student cohorts and whole year groups. Progress can be tracked between key dates, year by year or over a Key Stage. The module has been designed to assist in the creation of reports essential for Ofsted, Governors and Senior Management.

CSAM has been designed from the ground up to make reporting to stakeholders easier, answering questions schools will need to be able to address. Senior Management or teachers can access these reports at any time and view for any time period. The software will automatically create standard cohorts (Pupil Premium, CLA, FSM, Primary Need, etc.) based on pupil details that have been imported from a school’s MIS. Graphs can be built in a few clicks, condensing complex information into well designed graphs that can easily be altered and drilled down into. Tailored for each curriculum, the graphs are designed to present information clearly and concisely.

Three Report Types

Headline Reports

These reports can be shared with Governors and Ofsted and provide an overview of the whole school, looking at progress and attainment for all student cohorts. The reports can show not only the average progress/attainment achieved but also the percentage of pupils who have made different amounts of progress.

Group Reports

These are similar to the headline reports, but will provide far greater detail. These reports will help schools identify areas of improvement when the headline information is not as expected.

Individual Reports

These are in-depth reports for individual pupils, showing progress within Steps of achievement and progress across multiple Steps. These are ideal for pupils making small amounts of progress, or progress that doesn’t fit into the Government’s model. This new feature is an upgrade to our previous GAP Analysis module, and provides a broad range of improved functions: faster access to data, improved comparison of group data, greater ease of use and results expressed in far greater detail.


We have made it easier to look at your data in different ways. With automatically created diversity groups schools can quickly look at different cohorts and compare pupils. With the ability to create your own groups and pupils already grouped into years and key stages, it has never been easier to organise the data how you want.

Connecting Steps now stores extended pupil information for each pupil. This includes Pupil Premium, ethnicity, EAL, SEN, SEN type, FSM and CLA. By recording this information in Connecting Steps, the pupils will be added to the appropriate groups. To make life easier the information can be imported from your MIS via a csv file.

Powerful Filtering

This new feature is probably the most powerful. The group filter allows you to drill down further into the report and you can choose from a number of pre-selected filters to further split the data.


This filter group splits the report into each year group. This allows you to see if a particular year group is performing strongly or if a year group is not performing as well as expected.

Key Stage

This filter performs the same way as the Years filter, splitting the group into the different key stages.

Primary Need

The Primary Need report will split the report into the different primary needs within the cohort  and show how each cohort is performing.


The Main group filter is used for the main cohorts schools tend to look at when looking at data. This allows schools to quickly compare these cohorts on a single graph. The cohorts included are:

  • Male
  • Female
  • SEN
  • Not SEN
  • FSM
  • Not FSM
  • CLA
  • Not CLA
  • FSM & CLA
  • Not FSM or CLA

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