Pupils in The Oaklands Centre are carefully assessed in all four areas of their curriculum and this is used to plan their progression.
- Self-regulation and Social Learning Assessment
We use a detailed ‘in-house’ response tracking system to monitor pupils’ self-regulation. It captures their level of independence across the day and the frequency of any dysregulated behavior.
Social development is captured using our bespoke assessment package ‘ShowProgress’. This also records in detail how independently pupils’ are applying new social skills. Pupils have short and long terms targets across all of their areas of need built into their EHCP. These targets are loaded into ShowProgress and their individual progress towards them is recorded and evaluated.
The Annual Review cycle is used to provide summative assessment of progress in these areas.
In maths, reading and writing, school assessment processes are often followed. We recognise that the majority of our pupils have ‘spikey learning profile’. Even within one subject, there may be areas of strength and areas of weakness. For example, in reading, a pupil may have weak decoding skills but excellent comprehension of text they experience through spoken word. Equally, a pupil may have excellent decoding skills but find inference or prediction very challenging as a result of their autism. As a result, awarding an overall ‘level’ in any subject may not give a clear picture of their learning. Formative assessment, recorded in ShowProgress, is used to put a finer point on each pupil’s development and progress.