Our assessment system is designed to track incremental steps of progress. On entry to The Valley School we assess students to determine baseline data. We use this information to predict expected progress throughout the student’s learning journey. Regular formative and summative assessments at key points allow adjustments to be made if required. This helps inform teaching, ensuring that all students have learning experiences appropriate to their needs, i.e. identifying areas requiring support and/or stretch and challenge. Each learning outcome is measured against five criteria; Not taught, Taught, Acquiring (Practise the skill), Developing (Do with little support) and Secure (Independent). This indicates how students are working towards each statement, with the sum of the student’s competencies being directly comparable to a child in a mainstream setting.