Active Learning Trust backs Climbing Frames


The Active Learning Trust academy chain has chosen to use Climbing Frames, a print and digital assessment framework, as a pupil assessment tool to replace National Curriculum levels in all its schools.

With the removal of levels, Climbing Frames has received a lot of interest from school groups across the country that are looking for an assessment tool to ensure their pupils' attainment and progress is measured against the age-related expectations laid down in the new national curriculum.

The tool combines a printed tool kit and digital app to give schools a comprehensive, easy to manage and affordable replacement for National Curriculum levels.

It will help schools to:

  1. Measure attainment against the new National Curriculum
  2. Monitor pupil progress with great sensitivity
  3. Alert teachers to slow progress or disappointing attainment
  4. Diagnose and target curriculum topics, cohorts and group
  5. Create consistent assessment across all subjects and years
  6. Develop evidence-based plans for all pupils, including those with SEN

Climbing Frames helps school ensure that all assessments are inclusive of all pupils. It covers all core and foundation subjects, as well as five pre-levels to help monitor and assess the progress of SEN students.
It also ensures that you can track pupils’ cognitive development, as it includes Thinking and Learning Frames, which are also linked to the new National Curriculum’s criteria.

There is also a mobile app designed to give:

  • Huge admin time savings, so staff aren't bogged down with assessment paperwork
  • Clear, simple and precise progress reports for pupils and parents
  • Direct links to CPD resources to help teachers plan inclusive lessons and help pupils progress
  • Hard data to help your leadership team make evidence-based decisions

Climbing Frames was written by Sue Hackman, a leading expert on assessment and, until 2013, the Chief Adviser to the DfE on assessment and school improvement. The product can be seen at the Bett 2015 show this year on stand C541.

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