There are many different ways to monitor a child or young person’s development. It is important that a range of different teaching methods and observations are used when working with children’s individual needs. Gathering information about an individual pupils needs from parents/guardians and other staff can help us recognise significant changes that maybe occurring. This information along with information obtained from carrying out observations can help determine how we monitor and evaluate their progression.
The assessment framework is used to determine whether a child is in need and if so, the nature of their needs. Once the needs have been established the interventions can be put in place.
These can be carried out formally and informally. Information from observations on a pupil’s progress is passed onto the teacher who will then report it to the parent/guardian.
Information observations are carried out daily when working with a pupil and overtime a picture can be built of the pupil’s progress and if there are any issues such as, unable to draw circles with a compass, not recording homework correctly in the planner. Any observations are fed back to the teacher daily, however they may not always be recorded and information gathered may not be passed onto others.
Formal observations may be carried out to support the teacher on assessing a pupil’s level of development such as a controlled assessment or a speaking and listening test.
Standard measurements are usually obtained by medical practitioners to ensure that a child is growing at the expected rate for their age.
Information from carers and colleagues
Information from carers can be vital if there is a factor that may be influencing the development of a young person an example may be that the pupil is being bullied or they don’t