Statutory guidance

P level attainment targets

Statutory guidance on performance (P level) attainment for children with special educational needs.

This publication was withdrawn on

This document has been archived as it has been replaced by ‘P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN’. A detailed guide for teachers on using the P scales is also available.

Applies to England


P level attainment targets


This statutory guidance is for:

  • governing bodies
  • headteachers
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • local authorities
  • academies and free schools
  • non-maintained special schools

This guidance supplements the national curriculum by specifying performance - P level - attainment targets showing progress in relation to pupils aged 5 to 16 with special educational needs (SEN) who are working at a level set out in the P level document in relation to a core or other foundation subject.

What legislation does this document relate to?

This guidance was first issued in 2007.

The Education (National Curriculum) (Attainment Targets and Programmes of Study) (England) Order 2013 provides for this guidance to be used by schools for assessing performance of pupils who have special educational needs and who are unable to be assessed under the attainment targets which relate to the national curriculum programmes of study, set out in the document entitled ‘The National Curriculum in England: framework document’ published in September 2013.

Updates to this page

Published 24 July 2007

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