The P scales: level descriptors P1 to P8

This publication was withdrawn on 17 July 2014

This document has been archived as it has been replaced by ‘P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN’.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.

Describes the performance scales (P scales) levels for each subject across the curriculum.



The use of performance scales (P scales) is statutory when reporting attainment for pupils with special educational needs who are working below level 1 of the national curriculum.

P scales are used at the end of key stage 1, key stage 2 and key stage 3 for reporting teacher assessment in English, mathematics and science to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). Performance scales are also used for reporting teacher assessment to parents in other national curriculum subjects.

More information on using the P scales to assess pupils’ progress.