Statutory guidance

P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN

Performance (P scale) attainment targets for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

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This guidance is for:

  • headteachers
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities

It applies to:

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

It specifies performance attainment targets (P scales) and performance descriptors for pupils aged 5 to 16 with special educational needs (SEN) who are working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and assessments.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.