The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that a new statutory assessment system for pupils not in subject-specific study will replace P scales 1 to 4 from 2020. The ‘7 aspects of engagement’ approach focuses on abilities in specific areas such as awareness, curiosity and anticipation.
This follows the Rochford Review which concluded that P scales did not best serve the interests of pupils with the most complex needs. Diane Rochford will now lead an expert group to finalise the approach before it is introduced in all schools.
The DfE has said that further guidance and training will be made available to schools and other stakeholders ahead of the changes coming in. Governing boards need to ensure that they understand how the progress of all pupils in their school is assessed.