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Camrose Primary School

SEND Assessment & Tracking

The Engagement Model and the Curriculum at Camrose Primary School with Nursery

Curriculum Statement

At Camrose we aim to provide our children with an engaging, exciting, and empowering curriculum that equips them  for today and as lifelong learners. The learning in our community gives meaningful life experiences and enhances their school-life by creating memories which will impact on their future life in the wider world.

Engagement Model

At the heart of our curriculum are our unique, individual learners. We recognise that a small number of our learners may be working below the standard of National Curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject specific study at KS1 or KS2. These learners will be assessed using the Engagement Model.

The Engagement Model is an assessment tool that helps teachers to assess pupils who are not engaged in subject specific study.

It is broken down into the following 5 areas of engagement:

  • exploration
  • realisation
  • anticipation
  • persistence
  • initiation

The 5 areas are not hierarchical, so there is no expectation that pupils need to demonstrate progress in all 5 areas. Instead, each of the areas represents what is necessary for pupils to fully engage in their development and reach their full potential. The areas also provide the scaffolding to enable pupils to become independent in developing a new skill or concept.

Who should be assessed using the Engagement Model?

The Engagement Model will be used for pupils at KS1 and KS2 who are working below the standard of the National Curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study. Pupils who are working below the standard of National Curriculum assessments but engaged in subject specific study will be assessed using the Pre-Key Stage standards. Subject-specific study occurs where a pupil can demonstrate recognisable and specific skills, knowledge and understanding in English language comprehension and reading, English writing and mathematics.

Pupils using the Engagement Model are usually described as having severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. This means they have serious cognitive impairments and learning difficulties, which lead to significant delays in reaching developmental milestones. They operate at very early stages of cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.

Using engagement as the focus of statutory assessment for pupils who are not engaged in subject-specific study helps to ensure that they are developing the right skills and concepts in their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. This can help them progress on to subject-specific study when they feel confident enough to do so.

How might the engagement model look in the Camrose curriculum?

The Engagement Model works in conjunction with our existing planning and assessment systems. The curriculum intent, implementation and impact at Camrose support the Engagement Model and enables us to provide a flexible and holistic education for all our pupils.  The Engagement Model sits comfortably alongside our approach allowing learners who are not yet engaged in subject specific study to access stimuli and activities on a similar theme as their peers, while following their own level of development.

We aim to develop children as inquisitive and engaged learners, through a range of key life experiences. This promise fully upholds the ethos of the Engagement Model and is one we intend to deliver to all of our pupils, wherever they may be on their learning journey.

Each child’s journey will be unique to them and the use of the Engagement Model as an assessment tool will be closely linked to pupils’ individual needs and outcomes as described in their Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). It will form part of the 'assess, plan do and review' cycle and will involve contributions from family members, teachers, support staff and external professionals.

Please click on this link to see a few examples of how the 5 areas of engagement might look at Camrose.