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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.


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 EYFS assessment products were 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.


Our assessment for pupils with SEND contains the following breakdowns:

  • Engagement Steps – for pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning;
  • Progression Steps – for pupils engaged in subject-specific learning

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 These have been replaced by Engagement Steps, Progression Steps and Primary Steps.

Engagement Steps

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

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. For more information please go to our SEND page


Progression Steps

Progression Steps is our new formative 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 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

Physical Education 
PSHE Sex & Relationship Education


Foundation Subjects

Art & Design
Design & Technology Geography
History Languages Music
Religious Education


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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.

Our Primary Assessment covers the following subjects:

Core Subjects

English Maths Science

Foundation Subjects

PSHE & Citizenship Computing Art & Design
Design & Technology Geography History
Foreign Languages Music Physical Education
Religious Education

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Secondary Steps

Our new assessment for Key Stages 3 & 4 is based on the new 1 - 9 GCSEs. It is designed to be used from Year 7 onwards. We have created our new 1 to 9 flightpath system to track pupil progress across Secondary Education. The software contains breakdowns across over 25 GCSE subjects between years 7 to 11. Teachers can use the breakdowns to identify which flightpath a pupil is on and the skills they need to achieve by the end of the year to remain on track.


English Language English S&L English Literature Mathematics 
Science Combined Physics Chemistry Biology
 Art Drama Dance Music
Resistant Materials Graphics Food Technology Textiles
French German Spanish Geography
History Religious Education Computing Physical Education
Ethics Business Studies 21st Century Learning Skills 

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Autism Progress

Autism Progress have created 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).

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