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Pupil Benchmarking in SEN

Tracking your pupils progress is a vital part of their education. Understanding a pupil's benchmark level gives teachers a much better insight when developing pupil-specific IEPs.


Using trends in pupil data to identify where a student is placed in relation to their personal learning goals, the other students in the class or mapped against other students with similar characteristics. By tracking multiple pupils, all with different characteristic variables:



Gender, FSM entitlement, SEN (ASD, MLD, SLD), Newcomer, Pastoral, Attendance


we can identify trends in the data to show where a student is placed in relation to their personal learning goals, the other students in the class /defined cohort or mapped against other students with similar characteristics.





With the launch of the new statutory framework for SEN due in September, we are already working on v1.1 of Pupil Benchmark so it may be used to track pupil progress within the set framework. The Engagement model is an evidence based assessment framework that helps schools meet their duties in supporting pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study.

The model has 5 areas:


Exploration, Realisation, Anticipation, Persistence and Initiation.


Engagement identifies and celebrates all pupils’ progress, including linear and lateral progress, the consolidation and maintenance of knowledge, skills and concepts and the prevention or slowing of a decline in pupils’ performance, whilst recognising that a minority of pupils may have a regressive condition.


The Framework, supported by our progress tracking app; uses a pupil-centred approach that focuses on their abilities rather than disabilities Watch this space

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