help everyone understand which aspects of educational content we are working on, we have now created a roadmap for the next 18 months of our development plans.
This will help schools make financial decisions regarding their approach to assessment and whether our upcoming content may help them support the pupils in their setting.
Whilst we endeavour to hit our development targets (and we are better than ever at achieving this),
sometimes the sudden change in legislation by governments can shift our priorities. We will update our timescales as and when these changes occur.
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Four Broad Areas of Need
Progression Steps covers the Cognition and Learning area from the Four Broad Areas of Need. To support the holistic provision within schools,
we are also going to be developing the remaining three Broad Areas of Need. This is something that schools have been requesting heavily and as such,
is at the top of our development roadmap. These remaining areas will form highly detailed and specific frameworks requiring a great deal of research, expertise and effort to develop.
Communication and Interaction
Being Reviewed (Rel: Oct '20)
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
In Research (Est Rel: Spring '21)
Physical and Sensory
To Do (Est Rel: Autumn '21)
Based on the SEND Code of Practice and the Primary School Pupil Assessment: Rochford Review Recommendations—Government Response. This assessment framework is a highly detailed breakdown which enables special education settings to record PMLD and SLD students’ achievements within the Four Broad Areas of Need and the Seven Aspects of Engagement. The structure of this framework enables these settings to monitor the progress that students aged from 5–14 are making through an informal curriculum and before they engage with subject-specific learning.
Whilst this Rochford Review recommendation has not been formally accepted by the government yet, it is currently being trialled in schools across the country. Once the trial concludes and the government have made their decision on the direction of assessment for pupils not yet engaged in subject-specific learning, we can adjust our current iteration of Engagement Steps to bring it in line with any new requirements (if necessary).
Preparing for Adulthood
We are creating a framework based on the Preparing for Adulthood guidance, this will lead into the Steps4Life.
Preparing for Adulthood
Being Created (Est Rel: Summer '20)
Picture Exchange System (PECS)
We are currently looking at creating a framework in conjunction with PECS, details to follow.
To Do (Est Rel: TBC)
The Welsh Curriculum is currently undergoing a massive overhaul after an independent review of the old curriculum and new approach formulated by Professor Graham Donaldson. This review is still ongoing with a version for feedback set to be made available in April 2019, a final iteration due to be released in January 2020 and mandatory adoption by state maintained schools in Wales by 2022. Development of this curriculum will begin in 2019 after the release of the draft, where we will begin our analysis of the document, providing relevant feedback through the official channels and then committed development in 2020 with the final release.
In Development (Est Rel: Summer '21')
EYFS is set for another review. We will provide more details when these changes have been set out.
In Development (Est Rel: Q4 '20')