Active Learning Trust academy Recommends Climbing Frames

The Active Learning Trust academy chain has chosen Climbing Frames as the pupil assessment tool it will be using to replace National Curriculum levels in all its schools.

Head of Curriculum and Standards at The Active Learning Trust, David Hilton, said:
“The Climbing Frames materials provide a simple, straightforward and structured approach to assessment alongside the planning of the next stages of learning. Based on the rigorous principles of APP and backed up with thorough progress measures across KS1, 2 and 3 the Climbing Frames materials support teachers, subjects, and whole school approaches to high quality assessment.”

Alongside The ALT, Climbing Frames is attracting lots of schools looking for a new assessment tool that will ensure that their pupils’ attainment and progress is measured against 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 your school 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. Plan ambitious and achievable pathways to progress for every pupil
5. Create consistent assessment across all subjects and years
6. Develop evidence-based plans for all pupils, including those with SEN


In fact, ALT also heaped praise on Climbing Frames’ simplicity to use, which is underpinned by its powerful assessment features.
David Hilton says:

“As soon as headteachers, subject leaders and classroom teachers engaged with the materials they very quickly felt assured, secure and confident in the ‘new world without levels’. Based on ‘best practice’ and secured in assessment processes teachers felt confident in using the new Climbing Frames immediately; it gave colleagues the confidence to start assessing and planning for progression within the new curriculum.”

SEN and Cognitive Development

Climbing Frames helps school ensure that 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.
Climbing Frames has been written by Sue Hackman – a leading expert on assessment and, until 2013, the Chief Adviser to the DfE on assessment and school improvement.

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