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Assessing Learning and Progress

 

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Special schools frequently have to make do with systems designed for mainstream schools, plugging the gaps with a mix of extra systems and spreadsheets to approximate the unique needs of their pupils and staff.
'Forcing the fit' in this way does not allow us to analyse the true progress pupils are making.


At Coppice we have a completely personalised approach to learning, and we want an assessment package that reflects this.

At Coppice we use a tailor-made tracking and assessment system designed by the head teacher and other special school practitioners and Ed Tech experts. Our bespoke system was designed by our leaders, and you can see more information about it here, https://goals.smartrubric.com

The system is designed to work with other pre-existing assessment packages alongside other bespoke targets born from the EHCP targets and individual need.

This can be a behaviour target, a friendship target and targets linked to our happy centred school principles.

Below is an example of a pupil and some of the assessments we are able make using our Smart Rubric assessment package.

 

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Academically we do not put a ceiling on what our young people can achieve and where possible we will prepare and encourage young people to undertake qualifications to support them on their journey to adulthood. 

We track academic progress using our progression banding systems which assesses where a young person is working within, in each subject area. From that we tailor our curriculum to ensure our lessons are pitched correctly. Young people can progress within a colour band and through other colour bands. We are currently reviewing all our colour bands with all our subject leaders to ensure that our progression bands are consistent with the latest research and best practice locally and nationally. We invite leading experts to our school to support us with our understanding of what academic progress looks like for our children.  

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This list is not exhaustive but here are just some of the accreditations and qualifications young people have undertaken at Coppice;

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Preparation for FE & Employment Pathway 

Princes Trust Personal Development and Employability - Personalised accreditation working towards PDE Award and Certificate depending on academic year
AQA Units in Preparation for Adulthood Areas - Independent Living, Employability, Good Health and Wellbeing, Friends Relationships and Community - Entry Level
Open Awards Functional Skills Maths and English - Entry Level 1 through to Level 1
Preparation for Community Learning

AQA Units in Preparation for Adulthood Areas - Independent Living, Employability, Good Health and Wellbeing, Friends Relationships and Community - Pre Entry and Entry Level
AQA Units linked to every day Maths and English

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Princes Trust Personal Development and Employability - Personalised accreditation working towards PDE Award and Certificate depending on academic year
Open Awards Skills Passport - Entry Level 1 through to Entry Level 3 - including Healthy Relationships; Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing; Living in the community; Looking after yourself and your home
Open Awards Independent Travel Training Programme - Entry 1 through to Entry 3
Open Awards Functional Skills Maths and English - Entry Level 1 through to Level 1

 

 

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