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New STA guidance on the engagement model set to replace P scales 1-4 from the 2020/21 academic year

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​The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) have produced guidance (found he​re) on the new engagement model which will be the new statutory form of assessment for KS1 and KS2 pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and not involved in subject-specific study. This model replaces the P scales 1-4 from the 2020/21 academic year.

This assessment approach aims to enable the range of progress made by these pupils to be identified including linear and lateral progress and the consolidation and maintenance of knowledge, skills and concepts. This will support teachers to best tailor their teaching and provision to meet pupils' specific needs and help them achieve the best possible outcomes.

The STA has also produced a video (found here) where Diane Rochford explains the engagement model and school leaders and teachers share their experience of using it.

The guidance contains information on:

  • The engagement model itself which has five areas: exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation
  • Effective use of the model (how, when and who conducts assessments)
  • Recognising progress and achievement
  • Accountability and Department for Education (DfE) data submissions. 

Schools are not required to submit data to the DfE about the achievements and progress of each pupil. However, schools must report which primary-aged pupils are being assessed using the engagement model.

Schools can use the engagement model across all key stages, including for pupils attending secondary schools, as the principles of engagement are equally relevant. However, there is no statutory requirement to do so.

You can read more information on this here

First published 29 January 2020