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 (Updated for EYFS 2021)
Our NEW updated Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) assessment covers the range from birth to the Early Learning Goals (ELG) and beyond. We have used the new EYFS 2021 Framework and the new 2020 Development Matters when developing this framework. Our Early Stps covers the seven areas:
- Physical Development
- Communications and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Our Early Steps assessment framework was updated in 2020 for the new 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage, so that it can be used by early adopters and so other schools can plan their implementation of the new framework. The leveling structure of the new Development Matters document is different to previous frameworks and wasn't designed with SEND in mind. It was however designed to reduce the burden on paperwork and assessment. The new Development Matters document has only 3 levels:
- Birth to 3
- 3 & 4 year olds
- Children in Reception
The EYFS Frameworks adds on the additional Early Learning Goals (ELG). We have taken the decision to split the 0-3 into 8 levels, so that settings with pupils with SEND can show progress for these children and help profile their needs. There are 4 levels between 0 and 12 months, each covering a developmental range of 3 months. There are 4 levels between 12 months and 36 months, each covering a developmental range of 6 months.
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:
PSHE (including Relationship Education)
Art & Design
Design & Technology
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:
PSHE (including Sex & Relationship Education)
Art & Design
Design & Technology
Engagement Steps is our 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 (covering the 5 Aspects of Engagement)
- Communication and Interaction
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Sensory and Physical
This framework was updated in the Summer 2020 to reflect the change to the new 5 Aspects of Engagement.
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 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.
PSD (including Sex & Relationships)
Choosing a Job
Getting a Job