At Milestone Academy we set challenging but personalised targets for all of our pupils taking into account their age and starting point. We closely monitor progress throughout the year and formally record progress three times a year. This enables us to quickly identify any targeted support required, when a target needs to be changed, if it has been met, or adjusted if it is proving to be too challenging. This allows us to make sure that pupils are always making the best possible progress.

In September 2015 we introduced a new target setting and assessment system called Pupil Asset. In collaboration with many other Kent Special Schools we have developed and are now using Pupil Asset because it enables us to set targets and track progress for our pupils and then make a robust and rigorous analysis of pupil progress using information collected over several years by local special schools.

Alongside measuring progress in English and maths we also record Personal, Social and Physical (PSP) progress as well as progress against provision plan outcomes. For many of our pupils PSP progress is at least as important as progress in English and maths so we track progress and agree strategies in these areas to promote the best possible outcomes.

Since September 2020, the target setting and assessment system for PMLD pupils following the Brook Curriculum Pathway was changed to a more bespoke way of assessing and showing small step progress for this group of pupils, still within the Pupil Asset framework. This has allowed for robust Individual Learning Plans using the small step targets in the long term showing affective progress for our most complex pupils. It covers the whole of the academic, personal, physical and wellbeing of our pupils. Pupils are assessed from Pre-Intentional to Establishing (K1-8) and the areas assessed are:
  • Communication,
  • Cognition,
  • Environmental Control Technology,
  • Physical – Fine and Gross Motor Skills,
  • Personal Social Emotional Wellbeing.