Assessment is fundamental to the teaching and learning process. Our assessments show Teachers what the children can do and an insight and an understanding of how individual children work best in order to attain. From this, Teacher are then able to plan lessons tailored to the needs of the children, consequently resulting in progression.

Planning and Assessment

Weekly planning reflects the teacher’s assessment of each child’s progress.  This assessment is ongoing from the time a child starts at Elm Tree.  Children are identified on weekly planning to ensure all planned learning opportunities meet their individual needs.

As well as continually assessing children’s progress, we use an online assessment tool called B-Squared Connecting Steps to track progress over time to ensure individuals are make outstanding progress.  This is updated weekly by teachers based on an evaluation of learning during the previous week.


Target setting

All pupils have individual targets on their PLP’s for Maths, Reading, Writing and SEMH containing next steps in learning.  These are identified by the class staff working with the child and are updated termly in line with progress made. These targets are additional to academic targets as they link directly to each child’s Education and Healthcare Plan (EHCP). These targets are reviewed half termly and feed into annual review meetings, ensuring that all targets by the Local Authority are met over the course of the Key Stage, as advised.



As a department, we use Evisense in order to collect evidence throughout the children’s journeys. The evidence is directly related to the children’s EHCP targets and ensures secure judgement when assessing EHCP targets.


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