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The engagement model

For teachers to use as an assessment tool for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests.

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The engagement model

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The engagement model is statutory for use from 2021/22 academic year. Schools can no longer assess pupils against P scales 1 to 4. Further information will be available in the 2022 assessment and reporting arrangements scheduled to be published in the autumn term.

The engagement model is the assessment (replacing P scales 1 to 4) for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study. Teachers must use the engagement model to assess pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study at key stage 1 and key stage 2.

How will pupils be assessed?

The engagement model has 5 areas of engagement:

  • exploration
  • realisation
  • anticipation
  • persistence
  • initiation

These areas allow teachers to assess pupils’ engagement in developing new skills, knowledge and concepts in the school’s curriculum by demonstrating how pupils are achieving specific outcomes. They represent what is necessary for pupils to fully engage in their learning and reach their full potential.

How should schools use the engagement model?

The engagement model does not replace existing planning and assessment systems and schools will have autonomy over how it will be implemented.

The model encourages schools to measure each pupils’ progress independently, according to their individual profile of needs. It can also be used as a baseline tool to track and support ongoing progress.

Engagement model video

Published 27 January 2020
Last updated 19 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated for the 2021/22 academic year.

  2. Added transitionary guidance which outlines arrangements for the 2020/21 academic year.

  3. Updated with final guidance.

  4. First published.