What are P scales and P levels?
The P scales are a set of descriptions for recording the achievement of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) who are working towards the first level of the National Curriculum (level 1). The QCA publication Performance – P level-attainment targets (link opens in new window) includes a complete set of the latest P level descriptions for all National Curriculum subjects.
The P scales are split into eight different levels with P1 being the lowest and P8 the highest. Level P8 leads into national curriculum level 1. Levels P1 to P3 are not subject-specific, as they describe early learning and conceptual development. At these early levels, a curriculum subject offers a specific context for learning.
The P scales have undergone a number of revisions. For more detailed clarification of the latest revisions and relevant guidance see the Revisions and changes section.
From September 2007, schools are required to submit data, using the P scales, for pupils aged 5-16 with SEN who are working below level 1 of the National Curriculum. Attainment data (P levels) are needed for English, mathematics and science. Pupil data would previously have been reported as 'W' in this annual data collection process.
A P scale letter was sent to all schools (link opens in new window), clarifying the mandatory requirements for reporting P scales.
In this section
- Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP) in English
- Assessing Pupils' Progress in English Optional tasks
- Assessment for Learning
- Assessment for Learning (AfL) 8 schools project
- Assessment for Learning (AfL): Whole-school training materials
- Evaluating school performance (ESP) e-learning modules
- Overview: English progression maps
- Progression maps: Reading - The active reader
- Progression maps: Writing - The Secure Competent Writer
- Quality standards
- Secondary Intervention extras: additional material and references
- Secondary Intervention: English module 2: Tailoring teaching for underachievers in lessons
- Secondary Intervention: Teaching assistants training module - Working one to one
- Teaching speaking and listening for subject leaders: Viewpoints on the importance of speaking and listening
- The National Challenge: Core Plus English
- What are P scales and P levels?