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The Engagement Model

The engagement model is an assessment tool that helps schools meet their duties in supporting pupils who are working below the level of the national curriculum and who are not engaged in subject-specific study.


The model has 5 areas: exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation.

Engagement can help schools reflect on how well the bespoke curriculum they offer to their pupils is helping them progress. It will not  replace our school’s existing plans, assessments and reporting systems, but add value to them by helping to assess pupils’ progress from a different angle.


Progress through each of the 5 areas of engagement should be measured by identifying how established the pupil is against each of the areas of engagement. This will differ for each pupil according to their profile of needs as set out in their Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. 


Schools are not required to submit data to the Department for Education (DfE) about the achievements and progress of each pupil. However, schools must report which primary-aged pupils are being assessed using the engagement model.