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Making the Computing P-Scales fit for purpose

The Computing curriculum has changed what is taught in schools, of all types and phases, but the means of assessment for those who have not yet reached National curriculum levels, the P Scales, have not been altered. There is a fundamental mismatch between the curriculum and the means of recognising achievement and monitoring progress.

To address this, an ad hoc group of teachers, advisors and consultants have come together to revise the P Scales for Computing to bring them up to date and make them fit for purpose. The group has held a number of meetings, and now has a first version ready of the Revised P Scales for Computing. You can view it on the CAS #include website, in the Resources section here. It is a starting point for assessment, but also a guide to what Computing might look like for students working at those levels.


Previous Meetings:

There was a session on this document and wider discussion around computing for SEN and assessment at the National STEM Centre on the 30th November, followed by an SEND Computing Conference on the 1st December.

Friday 26th June 13:30 - 16:00 (The session will start with lunch sponsored by NASEN) - Institute of Education, Bedford Way London WC1H 0AA

Wednesday 8th July 13.00-15.30 - Red Tape Central, 50 Shoreham Street, Sheffield S1 4SP

1st May at the Bridge School, London

Inital meeting at BETT 2015



Previous discussion:
Here are some documents that may function as a starting point for discussion:
I have created some additional statements to the P Scales for Computing, that reflect the content to follow in the KS1 and 2 Programs of Study. The document can be seen here:

I am also working on additions to the Progression Pathways Assessment document that Mark Dorling has created for KS1-3 to add statements for students working at upper P levels. The original document has been adopted by many mainstream settings for showing progression, and can be downloaded from the Computing at School website here. (Login required). The version below has an additional green level, and has sub-divided each colour into two, to better reflect the smaller increments of progress made by SEN pupils:
SEN Computing Progression Pathways
John Galloway has created a set of statement, incorporating existing P Scale elements, to reflect progression in computational thinking:

'G' Scales