This course is aimed at all schools; mainstream primary and secondary schools, special schools and Integrated Resource Units (I.R.’s) and will run across 3 dates (you must attend all 3 sessions): 22nd April 2021, 6th May 2021 and 20th May 2021 – all 9.30am – 11.30am and the sessions will be delivered via Zoom in order for us to comply with the current government guidelines around COVID 19.

This is an official training package from the Department for Education. The Engagement Model is a statutory assessment tool that helps schools meet their duties in supporting pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study.

The Engagement Model has 5 areas: exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation. The engagement model will become statutory from September 2021 and schools will be required to:

• Use the engagement model to assess pupils who are working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study at the end of KS1 and KS2 for the 2020/21 academic year, these pupils must continue to be assessed using P scales 1 to 4.

• Report to DfE which pupils are assessed using the engagement model for KS1 and KS2 schools are not required to submit any other data to DfE about the progress of these pupils.

• Ensure that evidence relating to pupil achievements and progress is reported as part of the end of year academic report, which schools must provide to parents, as outlined in paragraph 6.64 of the SEND code of practice.


Local Authority Advisors, Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, SENCOs, Data and Assessment leads and Governors in both mainstream primary and specialist settings with P1-P4 learners.

Please Note:

Following the disruption caused by the Coronavirus, the DfE recognise that some schools may not have had the opportunity to engage with the guidance and training opportunities, and as a result may be less prepared to implement the engagement model. Therefore, the 2020/21 academic year will be a transitionary year (subject to the necessary legislation being made) where schools will have the time to prepare for, and start embedding, the engagement model by:

• identifying the relevant cohort of pupils

• using the engagement areas to observe and assess the level of engagement for individual pupils

• evaluating the curriculum

The DfE will also use a flexible approach for the submission of teacher assessment outcomes at the end of key stages 1 and 2. Schools that have used the engagement model will be able to report against it, and schools that need more time to implement this change will continue to have the option to assess against P scales 1 to 4, for one final year.

Session 1: 22nd April 2021 – 9.30am-11.30am

Session 2: 6th May 2021 – 9.30am-11.30am

Session 3: 20th May 2021 – 9.30am-11.30am

Places are free and are limited to two per school but if further training is needed bespoke to your school this can be arranged at an additional cost.

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