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Castle School

Castle School

Assessing Learner Progress

See here for national information on comparative school performance. 

Assessment frameworks

Maths and English - rainbows and gemstones

To support the tracking of progress in Maths and English, we have developed our own Castle assessment levels. We have called these the Rainbow and Gemstone levels. 

Routes for Learning

Some of our pre-formal learners follow the Routes for Learning framework.

Flower framework

This assessment framework was developed by our complex needs department to be used alongside Routes for Learning. 


Post-16 accreditation

In Key Stage 4 and 6th form, learners follow flexible learning programmes according to their needs and aspirations. These follow 3 main pathways but are flexible to allow for individual needs to be met.

Pathway 1

 Equals Moving On

Pathway 2

OCR Life and Living Skills

Pathway 3:

Edexcel Entry Level and Functional Skills

for learners within Entry 1 for learners within Entry 1 and 2 for learners within Entry 1 to 3 and beyond

This is a modular curriculum with flexible units focusing on:

  • Communication

  • Numeracy

  • ICT

  • Creativity

  • PSHE

  • Leisure and Recreation

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Work Related Learning

This offers a range of units which can be selected to suit the particular needs and interests of the learner, these may focus on the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • PSHE
  • Drama
  • Art
  • Music
  • Work Related Learning
  • Home Management and Leisure

A range of qualifications in academic and vocational areas which may include:

  • Functional skills English and Maths
  • Entry Level in a range of subject areas
  • GCSE Art
  • Young Leaders
  • First Aid
  • Aspects of Life and Living skills