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Engagement Model Training

An official training package from the Department for Education, The Engagement Model is a statutory assessment tool that helps schools meet their duties in supporting pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study.

The Engagement Model has 5 areas: exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation. The engagement model will become statutory from the 2020/21 academic year and schools will be required to:

-Use the engagement model to assess pupils who are working below the standard of national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study at the end of KS1 and KS2 for the 2019/20 academic year, these pupils must continue to be assessed using P scales 1 to 4.

-Report to DfE which pupils are assessed using the engagement model for KS1 and KS2 schools are not required to submit any other data to DfE about the progress of these pupils.

-Ensure that evidence relating to pupil achievements and progress is reported as part of the end of year academic report, which schools must provide to parents, as outlined in paragraph 6.64 of the SEND code of practice.

Local Authority Advisors, Head Teachers, Senior Leaders, SENCOs, Data and Assessment leads and Governors in both mainstream primary and specialist settings with P1-P4 learners.

Delegates must be part of the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber region.


This document provides guidance to schools on the assessment and reporting arrangements for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study at key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2), in the 2020/21 academic year.


Guidance for maintained schools,
academies (including free schools) and
local authorities


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