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Elms School

Elms School


At Elms School we ensure that every pupil is supported to develop their confidence, increase resilience and grow to be as independent a young adult as possible. We strive to support them to achieve to the best of their ability.

In order to achieve this, we set realistic but challenging targets. End of Key Stage targets, with annual targets to ensure pupils and students remain on track, are set for every pupil. Progress towards these targets is monitored throughout the year through close analysis of progress data and discussions with teachers. Continuous monitoring ensures that early intervention is possible to address barriers to learning.

Comparison of progress of pupils in a range of vulnerable groups is closely tracked to ensure no group achieves less well than others.

The KsENT Algorithm to measure progress

When the new curriculum came in in 2014, a group of deputies in KsENT worked together to produce an algorithm that would measure progress and set targets based on prior attainment. Although we started using a company called Pupil Asset as the tracking system, subsequent revisions of our curriculum have led us to develop our own tracking system.  This contains the KsENT algorithm to maintain the rigour and high expectations.  The algorithm sets challenging and aspirational targets, which takes account of predicted progress from differing start points as pupils join the school at different times. The Elms tracker enables targets to be generated from pupil starting points as they join our schools at different times.  It will also measure progress within pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural development.



There is a significant difference in the expectations of the new National Curriculum; the new Year 1 end of year expectations are much higher than the old Level 1. In order to bridge the gap between P8 and the new curriculum, Kent Special Schools have created K9.  

To show progress within a stage, there are 6 steps, each one having a value of 1 point. These are:

Beginning +
Developing +
Embedded +

On progress reports, they shown as, for example, P5 Beg +. Beyond P9 the Elms tracker records as a Stage instead of Year. For example Stage 2 Emb.


The prior attainment of learners at the beginning of each Phase is the starting point for developing expectations and setting challenging targets. Targets for the end of the Middle School (Y8) are based on the assessment of learners at the end of the Lower School (Y4). End of Upper School targets (Year 11) are based on the end of Middle School assessment.

Further information regarding the school’s performance can be found at the DfE website