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Frameworks, Curriculums and Subjects

We now offer a wide range of assessment frameworks designed to fit alongside your curriculum. Our frameworks work with a wide age range and a wide ability range. By combining the different frameworks into Connecting Steps you have an inclusive assessment system for all pupils.

 

 

Can you compare frameworks?

Each assessment framework has to align to the curriculum it is based on. This means our frameworks use a range of level structures. The following link will show you the comparison between the different frameworks and also the comparison against the pre-key stage standards and the old P Levels and National Curriculum Levels:




Are you looking for P Steps or Small Steps?

Are you looking for P Steps and Small Steps? These are our old frameworks based on the P Levels and National Curriculum. These have been replaced by Engagement Steps, Progression Steps, Primary Steps and our other frameworks.

 

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Cognition and Learning

We have created a range of frameworks to support individuals develop skills within Cognition and Learning. All of the curriculums and programmes of study from the Department for Education are focused on supporting the development of Cognition and Learning. Our frameworks for Cognition and Learning are:

  • Early Steps - for students working within the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Engagement Steps - for students not yet engaged in subject-specific learning (complex needs)
  • Primary Steps - for students working at or below age-related expectations in primary settings
  • Progression Steps - for students engaged in subject-specific learning in key stages 1 to 4
  • Steps4Life - for students preparing for life after school, this framework is designed to be used mainly in key stage 4 and above

In old money:

  • Engagement Steps covers P1 to P6
  • Progression Steps covers from P4 to Level 7
  • Primary Steps covers from P4 to above Year 6 End of Year Outcome
  • Steps4Life covers from P1 to RQF Level 2.

 

Early Steps

Our EYFS assessment covers the range from birth to the Exceeded Early Learning Goals (ELG) across all seven areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Physical Development
  • Communications and Language
  • PSED
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Our Early Steps assessment framework was updated in 2012 for the new Early Years Foundation Stage. The Government updated the EYFS Framework in 2014, but there were no changes to the assessment section of the document. An update is due shortly.

 

Primary Steps

Our Primary assessment breakdown structure is taken directly from the 2014 National Curriculum. Our breakdown gives greater detail for progress when working towards End of Year Outcomes. If you are looking at using B Squared assessment with both mainstream and SEN pupils in a Primary setting, then Primary Steps will work well for you. It includes the End of Year Outcomes and the first 3 levels of our Progression Steps for pupils working below Year 1. This framework is designed to be used by mainstream pupils and pupils with SEND.

Our Primary Assessment covers the following subjects:

Core Subjects

English

Maths

Science

Plus Subjects

Citizenship

Computing

PSHE (including Relationship Education)

PE

Foundation Subjects

Art & Design

Design & Technology

Geography

History

Languages

Music

Religious Education

 

 

Progression Steps

Progression Steps is our new assessment framework for pupils who are engaging with subject-specific learning. It will over time comprise books which reflect the four broad areas of need. This framework covers the ability range identified by the new performance descriptors. 

Within our new Progression Steps framework, Cognition and Learning focuses on academic achievement. The Rochford Report: Final Report does not attempt to tell schools what or how they should teach their pupils. On the whole, schools will still deliver the National Curriculum, differentiating content according to their pupils’ needs. We are basing the Cognition and Learning aspect of Progression Steps on the primary National Curriculum using the same subjects and breadth. Our assessment frameworks for pupils with SEND engaged in subject-specific learning covers the following subjects:

 

Core Subjects

English

Maths

Science

Plus Subjects

Citizenship

Computing

PSHE (including Sex & Relationship Education)

PE

Foundation Subjects

Art & Design

Design & Technology

Geography

History

Languages

Music

Religious Education

 

 

Engagement Steps

Engagement Steps is our new assessment framework for pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning. It comprises four sections which reflect the four broad areas of need:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and Physical

This framework is due to be updated. We are currently waiting on guidance from the Department for Education, this is due in early 2020

This framework will help teachers to record the achievements of pupils who are working profoundly beneath age-related expectations and who are working on an informal curriculum.

 

Steps4Life

Steps4Life is our new framework for individuals with SEND who are working towards independent living. It is primarily designed to be used from Key Stage 4 onwards. Some individuals will be working towards independent living, with employment while others will be working towards semi-independent living and others will be in supported living. The Steps4Life covers a wide range of areas and a wide ability range, it includes 7 levels that are the equivalent of P1 to P8 which replace the old Milestones, Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3 and RQF Level 1 and 2.

Academic Skills

English

Maths

PSD (including Sex & Relationships)

Digital Skills

Life Skills

Food

Self Care

Independence

Travel

Employability Skills

Choosing a Job

Getting a Job

Rights

Workplace Skills

Workplace Routines

 

 

 

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Autism Progress

Autism Progress has a set of progressive levels in the following areas of autism:

  • Communication
  • Flexibility of Thought
  • Social Interaction
  • Emotional Regulation

 

Each area goes from level 1 (around birth) to level 17 (early adulthood). A significant benefit of Autism Progress are the strategies that it contains, we have worked with experts to create a list of strategies for each area and each level to help support your students.

 

 

 

Communication & Interaction

The new Communication and Interaction framework aims to help members of staff to assess and monitor the developing abilities of the children and young people they work with so that staff are able to help those that need it. It does this by breaking communication down into the following areas:

  • Spontaneous Verbal Communication
    • Communicating with Spoken Language
    • Communicating with Signed Language
    • Communicating with Symbols
    • Vocabulary, Parts of Words & Grammatical Structures
    • Creating & Understanding Shared Meaning
  • Recorded Verbal Communication
    • Communicating with Symbols
    • Vocabulary, Parts of Words & Grammatical Structures
    • Creating & Understanding Shared Meaning
    • Spelling Appendix
    • Phonics Appendix
  • Non-Verbal Communication
    • Communicating with Faces, Bodies & Sounds
    • Self-Expression
  • Using Technology to Aid Communication
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Each area goes from level 1 (birth - 3 months) to level 16 (13 - 15years). The levels are based on typical development and students are likely to be working across a number of different levels, based on their needs.