The Connecting Steps Framework is a detailed assessment tool that is designed to identify and record the achievements of pupils who are working below age-related expectations in some or all areas of their development. Assessment points are broken down into 3 levels of achievement. All pupils are baselined upon entry and then allocated an assessment pathway Engagement or Primary Steps.

EngagementContinuous physical, verbal or gestural adult support to complete the skill.
Gaining skills and understandingIntermittent adult support required. Tasks can be completed but not always accurately.
MasteredTasks are completed independently, smoothly, swiftly and accurately, reliably demonstrated across different contexts.

Engagement Steps – This is an alternative to P Levels and used with pupils who are not yet engaged in subject specific learning (below Reception age). This covers the following development areas;

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and Physical

Primary Steps – For pupils engaged in subject specific learning (Reception age and above).
English – Reading, Writing and Spoken Language
Mathematics – Number, Shape, Space and Measure

Children may also be tracked using the Autism Progression tool. This covers the following areas;

  • Communication
  • Social Interaction
  • Flexibility of Thought
  • Emotional Regulation