Assessment and Evidence of Learning products for a variety of settings across the UK

B Squared’s assessment products and evidence of learning products cover a range of curriculums across England, Scotland and Wales for both mainstream pupils and pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND).

B Squared has worked with schools across the UK for over 25 years. We develop products like Connecting Steps and Evisense to support schools and reduce teacher workload. It is important to us that schools can show and demonstrate progress for all pupils and are able to effectively plan next steps.

We develop our own assessment content to support all pupils. The majority of our content is based on Government guiidance, but we have also developed our own unique content where this is no guidance, but in areas schools need to support pupils’ needs.

As a company based in England, the majority of our content has been developed based on the guidance in England. We also develop content to support pupils in Scotland and Wales based on the relevant guidance. We have a large number of schools across England, Wales and Scotland who use our products effectively to support pupils’ needs.

Connecting Steps

Connecting Steps is the most popular and effective assessment software for pupils with SEND. A wide range of frameworks that are built into Connecting Steps helps schools get up and running as quickly as possible.

Connecting Steps is the standard asssessment system for pupils with SEND across a number of authorities in the UK. The simple interface, powerful features and flexible approach to progress means it works for a wide range of pupils. Connecting Steps V5 brings even more features and now works on iPads and other tablet devices.

Assess

Connecting Steps makes recording achievements simple. As well as being able to record the skills pupils achieve, you can also record the steps as they work towards it.

Engagement

Before pupils can achieve a skill, they need to engage. Connecting Steps can show the engagement levels of pupils and show the progress as engagement increases.

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Connecting Steps makes showing small steps of progress simple. Progress can be shown in lots of ways, including engagement and non-linear progress. 

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Products for Schools in England

We have 15 assessment packages available across 7 different frameworks. Schools can choose packages based on their needs. We have a range of packages and frameworks for Cognition and Learning covering a wide range of ability, for different age ranges. We also have frameworks to suit the other areas of need – Communication & Interaction, Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Sensory and Physical. Our Autism Progress is a tool to help schools profile how a pupil’s autism impacts them and their learning. The image below gives you an overview of our different frameworks.

Show Progress for
ALL Pupils

Within Connecting Steps we have a wide range of assessment frameworks that support a wide ability range and age range.

Since the removal of Levels (2014) and P Levels (2018) schools have the flexibility to choose how to assess pupil progress. For pupils working at Age Related Expectations (ARE), this is relatively simple. 

Schools have found it a challenge to show progress for pupils working below ARE or out of their year group. Some schools assess pupils as simply ‘working below’. This is not good enough. It is important schools are able to identify where a pupil is working, the progress the pupil has made and what those next steps will be.

Our assessment frameworks can show the small steps of progress pupils make from birth to 25

B Squared Assessment Frameworks

Comparing Frameworks

Each framework has its own levelling system, often based on government guidance. The button below shows you the ability range of each framework and how they compare. Any skill that appears in multiple frameworks are linked, this simplifies transitioning between frameworks.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

We have created a number of new assessment frameworks for Early Years, primary, secondary and post-16. Our framework support pupils engaged in subject specific learning and those not yet engaged in subject specific learning.

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Early Years

We have created a number of new assessment frameworks for Early Years, primary, secondary and post-16. Our framework support pupils engaged in subject specific learning and those not yet engaged in subject specific learning.

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Primary Schools

We have created a number of new assessment frameworks for Early Years, primary, secondary and post-16. Our framework support pupils engaged in subject specific learning and those not yet engaged in subject specific learning.

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Evisense

Evisense is a powerful evidence for learning system. The social media style interface for staff and parents is simple to use, but extremely powerful. Our apps for iPhone, iPad, android (tablet and phone) and Kindle Fire means whatever device you are using, you can use the Evisense app.

A number of features make Evisense the most secure evidence for learning system. A number of controls ensure data is safe and evidence can only be accessed by the right people. If you use Evisense and Connecting Steps together, you can link evidence to the skills in Connecting Steps. You can then view the evidence from within Connecting Steps.

Capture

It is quick and simple to capture evidence. Use the Evisense app to capture photos, videos or audio recordings. Tag the evidence to a pupil, add your annotation and click Post.

Powerful Evidence

When you add evidence, you can link the evidence to a range of aspects like EHCP outcomes, IEP targets and more. You can then filter the evidence across the whole school.

Share

Share the evidence you collect with parents to help boost parental engagement. Schools can control parental access. It is up to you if parents can comment or add their own evidence.

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Products for Schools in Scotland

B Squared has worked with schools in North Lanarkshire to create products to support evidencing of the CfE experiences and outcomes (Es & Os) and the tracking of CfE assessment benchmarks and pre-early level milestones. Steps to Excellence is our assessment framework for the curriculum for excellence. Our frameworks cover from pre-early up to fourth and incorporates the benchmarks and the new pre-early milestones.

Evisense, our evidence of learning product allows teachers to record evidence of pupils achievements, their experiences and how they are getting it right for every child (GIRFEC). The evidence can then be shared with parents to help build stronger partnerships.

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Products for Schools in Wales

We work with over 150 schools in a number of authorities in Wales who use our assessment products to track the progress of their pupils. The new Curriculum for Wales is for all students aged 3 to 16 and has been created following the Donaldson report. It introduces new concepts and uses a brand new levelling structure called (Welsh) Progression Steps. The Welsh Progression Steps covers the typical developmental range for students aged 3 to 16 years old.

We have developed content to extend below the Progression Steps, linking in with the Routes for Learning.Our new Welsh Progression Steps Frameworks are now available. Schools can use our assessment frameworks to help prepared for the new Curriculum for Wales 2022. Our new frameworks cover from Routes for Learning through to Welsh Progression Step 3.

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