Evidence for Learning has transformed how hundreds of SEND schools, colleges and provisions are able to evidence, assess, review and plan for meeting the unique needs of their SEND learners, especially in light of the Rochford Review.
It supports an Inquiry-based approach to education and provision, that allows ALL stakeholders in a child, young person or adult’s learning and development to quickly and easily gather photo and video evidence, linked to the individual’s learning goals as well as any key skills frameworks. Observations can be annotated and tagged to reflect your school’s basket of indicators in an instant. Evidence for Learning supports ANY assessment framework and ANY assessment model – including evidencing and tracking progress against individual learning intentions and targets related to Education Health & Care (EHC) Plans. What’s more, teachers can easily amend and add to these goals over time in order to respond to a learners’ ongoing needs and development.
All evidence gathered is automatically organised by the app and readily available on-demand to anyone in the school. Stakeholders can search for and sort evidence by any attribute, and schools use these features to save time and workload and crucially to be better informed during planning, moderation and ongoing professional development. The same tools support real time deep dives into any aspect(s) and area(s) of your school’s curriculum – allowing you to see how individual learners are experiencing your curriculum and how teaching is being personalised to support that learner’s needs. Evidence for Learning gives you a platform and the tools to develop and demonstrate connected practice which links curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
EfL has also transformed how parents/carers, external stakeholders and the learner themselves are engaged and involved in the entire learning process and journey – a multi-agency approach. Not only can photos, videos and notes be easily and securely shared by the school, but parents/carers can capture and submit their own photos, videos and notes to reflect the learner’s development and experiences at home and outside in the community. Invaluable collaboration and powerful at showing where learning and knowledge is beginning to be generalised.
Evidence for Learning is perfect for supporting the new Engagement Model as defined and in the recently published guidance from the Department for Education (2020). The app has been used for many years by schools around the world to support engagement-oriented approaches, such as the models developed by Professor Barry Carpenter et al, and has been featured in a paper delivered by Professor Carpenter to the International Society of Early Intervention Conference, Sydney, June 2019.