Assessment and progress monitoring

Assessment and progress overview

At The Children's Trust School, we believe that every child and young person deserves an education that is tailored to their unique needs, enabling them to achieve their full potential and lead fulfilling lives.

Since 2016, we have been proactively developing the means and systems to capture fit-for-purpose assessments that evidences personalised progress, meets statutory recording platforms, considers staff workload, and ensures that learning supports Education, Health, and Care Plans (EHCPs) outcomes, even during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our approach: Personalised assessments and curricula

We understand that progress encompasses far more than just academics and take an holistic approach to education. Our assessments and curricula are carefully designed to address the unique needs of each child we support, building essential links across various skill areas of learning.

Our assessment models, including ImPACTS (Individualised, (meaningful), Profile, Assessment, Curriculum, Target, Setting), DEYO (Differentiated Early Years Outcomes) and the engagement model, provide meaningful data that helps us track progress. We also embrace the Sounds of Intent framework and ASDAN accreditation to foster creativity, musical talent, independence, resilience, and enjoyment.

Progress unveiled: What it looks like at The Children's Trust

At the heart of our approach is an ongoing process of assessing progress, ensuring that each child's needs and strengths, as outlined in their EHCP (Education, health and care plan), remain central to their personalised learning journey. Our finely graded assessments, detailed planning, and embedded tracking tools allow us to provide realistic and accurate information about each learner's current levels of attainment, indicating both progression and potential areas for improvement.

Through our assessment model, we identify the type of learner and recognise achievements, from the smallest steps to generalising actions. By tracking progress, we set the course for the next steps in their learning process, empowering them to achieve.

Learning to learn: Empowering active learners

We are dedicated to empowering individuals facing multiple barriers to learning through the 'Learning to Learn' method. This approach fosters an environment where they become active and engaged learners, honing essential skills such as focus, spatial awareness, accessible tool usage, and deep engagement with their learning journey. Through this, we instil a means for learning, helping to overcome challenges, unlock their full potential and make the positive impact on their quality of life and future success.

Maximising potential: Personalised learning

We understand that progress is not a linear journey, and progress is achieved through the smallest carefully planned steps. However, when progress falls below 2% or exceeds 20%, we initiate conversations to boost engagement and learning. From lunchtime and after-school clubs to therapy input and required individual sessions, these are designed to help each child maximise their learning.

Tracking progress for the future

At The Children's Trust School, we take progress tracking seriously. Our commitment to Education, Health, Therapy, and Care outcomes is evident in the annual reviews that align with EHCP objectives. Our Multi-Disciplinary Team collaborates to provide comprehensive reports, updating parents and external stakeholders on progress, recommendations, and strengths.

We also adhere to regulatory requirements for Looked After Children (LAC) and Personal Education Plans (PEP), ensuring every child receives the personalized support they need.

Discover the transformative impact of our 'Learning to Learn' method, assessments, and curricula in our progress guidance. Together, we unlock each learner's potential and maximise learning.

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Our Progress Guidance

In this guide you can find out more abut what progress looks like, how it is achieved and how the progress is tracked and celebrated at The Children's Trust.

Download our Guidance