The engagement model

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


The engagement model


This guidance is final and no longer in draft.

Following the Rochford Review, the government announced plans to introduce the engagement model. This is a new form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum tests and not engaged in subject-specific study. It replaces P scales 1-4 and will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year.

How will pupils be assessed?

The engagement model has 5 areas of engagement:

  • exploration
  • realisation
  • anticipation
  • persistence
  • initiation

The 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.

The engagement model information video

You can view the engagement model information video below. It provides details about the engagement model and how it should be used.

The engagement model

Published 27 January 2020
Last updated 19 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with final guidance.

  2. First published.