Pupils are assessed by staff as they move through the school. In 2013 the Government decided that schools would move to assessment without levels. In response to this, and also the introduction of the ‘New’ National Curriculum in 2014, the group of Trust-SEN schools in Norfolk developed their own assessment system to accurately assess pupils across a large spectrum of attainment. The result was the Norfolk Assessment Pathway (NAP).
Staff from Sidestrand Hall School were involved in this project from the beginning, working with staff from the other Trust schools, to develop a curriculum that still enabled pupils to show the smaller steps of progress often required. We believe the NAP allows our students in Key Stage 2 and 3 to learn in smaller chunks, and allows the staff to assess pupils continually throughout the year. It is used by other Special Schools in the County, and is widely used by mainstream colleagues in assessing the progress of SEND pupils in their schools.
In Key Stage 4 and 5, pupils undertake Entry Level certification, Gateway qualifications, and we also offer GCSE courses where appropriate.
We still set targets of 2 levels of progress for students (to demonstrate Good progress) across each Key Stage and hope that many will achieve 3 levels (Outstanding progress). We remain mindful however that every student in our school requires an individual package suitable for their needs. Targets for Key Stage 4 are based on the attainment in Key Stage 3, using equivalent levels, as well as our knowledge of our pupils’ ability and potential.