To help everyone understand what we are working on, we have now created a roadmap for the next 2 years of our development plans. This will help schools make financial decisions regarding their approach to assessment and whether our upcoming software, features and content may help them support the pupils in their setting.
This page is split into 2 sections, software and content. The software section lets customers know about new software or new features we are developing. The content section informs customers of assessment content we are developing .
Whilst we endeavour to hit our development targets, sometimes the sudden change in legislation by governments can shift our priorities. We will update our timescales as and when these changes occur.
Connecting Steps V5
We started developing a new version of Connecting Steps in 2020. Connecting Steps V5 was released as a FREE update to all customers in May 2021. Connecting Steps V5 is faster, easier and has a number of new features. The software also works on iPads and other tablets, without the need for an app. CSAM in V4 will continue to work until we release our new Analytics platform in 2022
B Squared Analytics
Alongside Connecting Steps V5, we are developing a new analytics platform. Like CSAM, that the analytics platform will replace, it allows schools to represent their Connecting Steps data in a number of ways. We have increased the number of reports within the platform and the system will also allow schools to judge their pupils data in a way that supports pupils with SEND.
The analytics platform has been designed to allow the analysis of data across a MAT or Local Authority, where it is used in a large number of schools.
As well as analysing data for Connecting Steps, the platform will also produce reports for Evisense to look at usage and how parents engage with the school.
We are currently developing a new version of Evisense. The new version will have a number of features requested by our users, including multiple photos within one post. Evisense will also add a number of new features to promote parental engagement and promote the use of Evisense with external professionals. Evisense V3 is due in mid 2022.
Four Broad Areas of Need
Progression Steps, Primary Steps and Steps4Life cover the Cognition and Learning area from the Four Broad Areas of Need. To support the holistic provision within schools, we are also 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.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
We are awaiting new guidance due in 2022. We will then look at developing assessment content to support pupils with SEN within the Australian Curriculum. ACARA has developed the Australian Curriculum that provides a clear understanding of what students should learn, regardless of where in Australia they live. Covering the eight Learning areas, this framework helps school to assess pupils from Foundation to Year 10.