Assessment for special education needs (SEN)

Assessment is part of the planning, teaching and learning cycle. You should use evidence of learning, in a range of settings and contexts, throughout the school year to assess learners’ progress. Effective assessment identifies learners’ individual strengths and needs and provides information about learner progress.

A range of assessment frameworks have been developed to meet the diverse needs of learners with special educational needs.

Quest for learningQuest for learning

Quest for learning is a guidance and assessment resource to support teachers and classroom assistants of learners with profound & multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), providing ideas for and pathways to learning.

Prerequisite Skills (Q Skills)Prerequisite Skills (Q Skills)

The Prerequisite Skills, or more commonly known as Q Skills, are an assessment resource to support teachers and classroom assistants. The Q Skills provide a broad and inclusive framework for assessing learners, taking into account age, cognitive ability, learning difficulties and other significant complex needs.

SEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities frameworkSEN Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities framework

The Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities framework aims to help learners develop their skills for lifelong learning and operating effectively in society. It includes information about progression maps, as well as supporting activities and resources.

Using Assessment TasksUsing Assessment Tasks

This guidance is for teachers of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream and SEN sectors (Key Stage 1 & 2). It applies to using the CCEA Assessment Tasks relating to the Levels of Progression in Communication and Using Mathematics.

Interactive Levels of Progression Interactive Levels of Progression

CCEA has created a new interactive resource for the Communication Levels of Progression including all Key Stages: SEN, Foundation Stage and Key Stages 1, 2 & 3. It brings together the levels of progression, the expansions documents and the ready reckoners in one easy to navigate system.

The resource is designed to fully support progression. Teachers can choose a mode, select a requirement and have a choice to either move between the full range of levels from the Q skills through to level 7, or select specific levels as a focus. In addition, teachers are able to view related tasks and exemplification linked to the requirement they have selected.