A look at a new system of measuring special needs attainment It’s likely that from 2007 teachers working with special needs pupils will need a working knowledge of a new system of measuring attainment called P-Scales. Imported from special schools to mainstream schools, the system allows a far more detailed analysis of levels of attainment for pupils working below National Curriculum Level One. Previously these pupils may have been classified as W, often repeatedly. The new system allows a much more accurate and sophisticated measurement.

Teaching staff and a SENCO at Kingston Park Primary School in Newcastle have decided to bring in the system early and talk frankly about how it works in a mainstream school, focussing on a Year 2 pupil called Kamelia. Teachers describe how P-Scales work alongside IEPs and give helpful hints about how to get the best from working with the new system.

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