Assessing Learning SEND

The DfE’s response to recommendations made by the Rochford Review included the intention to remove P levels as an instrument of statutory assessment from September 2018. These are to be replaced by the seven aspects of engagement in cognition and learning for those not engaged in subject specific learning; and pre-key stage standards for key stages one and two, who are involved in subject specific learning.

With the view that assessment should be no longer solely be based on generic, standardised assessment of learning for pupils with SEND but on a holistic approach, the day will explore a number of different approaches and introduce assessment and observation tools that can support this holistic view of assessment.

By the end of the day delegates will:

  • understand the key learning needs of pupils with profound or severe/complex learning needs and how to assess learning; including looking at models of assessment currently being used in schools.
  • gain an understanding of the rationale behind route-maps such as Routes for Learning, as well as introduce some new route-maps being used in schools
  • find out how to assess progress through an alternative model of assessment using route-maps and a continuum of learning that takes account of levels of engagement
  • understand how to profile your current cohort of pupils learning needs; including introducing a sensory profile tool
  • be introduced to sensory route-maps to understand learning outcomes and needs
  • explore the Great Goal Setting System and its application across non-subject specific learning to subject specific learning
  • understand assessing thinking skills as a pre-requisite to subject specific learning
Who will be presenting?

Steve Phillips is an Independent SEND Consultant, who is the former Deputy Principal of Fountaindale School, where he had lead responsibility for designing, managing and implementing a new curriculum approach to meet the needs of the school’s learners.

Richard Hirstwood is a dynamic, motivational and accomplished international presenter in the field of multi-sensory learning.


When and where?

5  December 2018 – Manchester

7  December 2018 – London

Who should come to this?

This will be appropriate for senior leaders, middle leaders and classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings & those with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with PMLD/CLDD & Autism and wish to review/update their holistic assessment strategies inline with the Rochford Review recommendations.

Course notes.

The learning continues after the course has ended with an online copy of all pertinent presentations, video & documents from the day on our website, for you to share with your colleagues and continue your learning journey long after the training has finished!

Times & housekeeping.

We begin the day from 9am with coffee and registration.  Presentations will begin at 9.30am and finish around 3.30pm.

All refreshments and a lovely lunch are provided! Please let us know on your application form if you have any specific dietary requirements.  Please note, we always cater for vegetarians.

Cost: £245 plus VAT per place, including refreshments & lunch.