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Tapestry now includes a SEND assessment framework which you may find more appropriate to use with children who have been identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities. If you're interested in taking a look at the short tutorial we've made for it, you can find it here.

The framework is based on the Development Matters document, but we have removed the age bands (calling them stages instead) and added many other statements which could help in identifying those smaller steps of progress that children with SEND might demonstrate.

Although the advice on every page of the Development Matters document advises against using the statements as a ticklist, many settings supporting children with SEND find that they are better able to demonstrate small steps of progress by refining each statement. This is how you can perform your assessments within this SEND framework for children with SEND.

However, we advise against using the SEND framework for children who have not been identified as having SEND. Ticking statements, and refining each statement, is not the best way to assess children generally. For non-SEND children we strongly promote the process of assessing against age-bands (with or without refinements) and the Characteristics of Effective Learning. Please don’t become part of the ticklist culture where children are expected to achieve all the statements and staff are expected to focus on ticking them all!

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This looks great. Hope this isn't a daft question but is it possible to add the SEND assessments to individual children only. If I change the settings on our account it will add the SEND statements to all journals?



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Good morning Donna,

If you enable assessments they are available for you to select for any child - if you don't select them they will not show on a child's journal. Only assessments actually made show on the journal. You can therefore, enable as many different assessment types as you might possibly use. For example, a mixed Reception and Year 1 class might have the EYFS and the KS1 Yr1 assessments enabled.

Hope this helps, if you need any more help please do not hesitate to get back in touch :1b

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