Assessment and Results

Tram House School and Tram House Sixth Form use an assessment tool developed in-house called the Tram House Skills Assessment. It is based on a range of standardised assessments including the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills Revised (ABLLS-R), Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) and Essentials for Living (EFL).    

The ABLLS-R, written by James W Partington, BCBA-D provides an assessment tool, skills tracker and curriculum guide for professionals working with pupils with developmental delay. It provides an overview of the pupil’s language and essential learner skills. The ABLLS-R is broken down into 25 key areas which cover:  

  • Cooperation and reinforcer effectiveness 
  • Visual performance  Imitation 
  • Language skills 
  • Social skills 
  • Pre-academic and academic skills 
  • Self-care skills 
  • Motor skills 

The AFLS written by James W Partington, BCBA-D and Michael Mueller, BCBA-D extends from ABLLS, looking more specifically at functional living skills and developing independence. It is broken down into six assessment modules: 

  • Basic living skills 
  • Home skills 
  • Community participation skills 
  • School skills 
  • Vocational skills 
  • Independent living skills 

The EFL is a communication, behaviour and functional skills assessment, curriculum and skills tracker designed for both children and adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities. It is especially useful for learners with limited communication repertoires, minimal daily living skills or significant behaviours that challenge. There are 17 skill areas which cover: 

  • Barriers to learning and participation 
  • Safety skills 
  • Communication skills 
  • Daily living skills 
  • Visual performance  
  • Imitation 

The Tram House Skills Assessment brings together the most pertinent skills from the ABLLS-R, AFLS and EFL to provide a comprehensive assessment and progress tracker for all pupils. It was developed to guide a pupil’s curriculum to empower a life full of choice, independence and opportunity. There is a focus on communication skills, life skills and the skills needed to navigate social situations.   

The assessment moves through from fundamental ‘must have’ skills, to ‘good to have’ skills and then ‘nice to have’ skills.   

Skill areas assessed:  

  • Barriers to the pupil’s learning  
  • Communication skills  
  • Leisure skills and community access  
  • Social skills  
  • Home and personal care skills  
  • Skills which support social, emotional, and mental health  
  • Skills needed in order to learn effectively.  

The Tram House Skills Assessment is completed as part of the baseline assessment for all pupils. However, if further assessment is indicated in specific skill areas, Behaviour Analysts will refer back to the ABLLS, AFLS or EFL for more detailed assessment. A baseline assessment is carried out within the first six weeks of a pupil starting school to establish their current abilities and known skills. Input is also sought from the parents and other professionals such as an Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist. This initial assessment is then used to inform the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Qualification and Examination Results

2022-2023

Number of students entered

Qualification/ accredited certification

Achieved

Pass rate

7

New Horizons

7

100%

1

Workright

1

100%

13

Personal progress

13

100%

 

Vocational/Academic AQA Award Units

406

2021-2022

Number of students entered

Qualification/ accredited certification

Achieved

Pass rate

7

New Horizons

7

100%

3

Transition Challenge Gold/silver

3

100%

4

Workright

4

100%

6

Towards Independence

6

100%

 

Vocational/Academic AQA Award Units

606

 

2020-2021

Number of students entered

Qualification/ accredited certification

Achieved

Pass rate

7

Accredited Gold Certificate in New Horizons

7

100%

7

Accredited Gold/Silver Certificate Transition Challenge

7

100%

6

Accredited Gold Certificate Workright

6

100%

2

Modular Towards Independence

2

100%

  Individual Vocational/Academic AQA Award Units 652  

2019-2020

Number of students entered

Qualification/ accredited certification

Achieved

Pass rate

5

Accredited Gold/ Silver Certificate Transition Challenge: Introduction and Progression

5

100%

1

Accredited Gold Certificate Transition Challenge Sensory

1

100%

13

Personal Progress

13

100%

7

Accredited Gold/ Silver Certificate Workright

7

100%

2018–2019

No. of students entered

Qualification / Accredited Certification

Achieved

Pass rate

4

Accredited Gold Certification in New Horizons

4

100%

14

Accredited Gold Certification in Transition Challenge; Introduction and Progression

14

100%

6

Accredited Gold Certification in Transition Challenge; Sensory

6

100%

Results from previous years...

2017–2018

No. of students entered

Qualification / Accredited Certification

Achieved

Pass rate

5

ASDAN Entry 1 Diploma in Personal Progress

5

100%

1

ASDAN Entry 1 Certificate in Personal Progress

1

100%

3

ASDAN Entry 1 Cert. in Personal and Social Development

3

100%

1

ASDAN   Accredited Gold Certification in Transition Challenge; Introduction & Progression

1

100%

11

ASDAN Accredited Gold Certification in New Horizons

11

100%

2016–2017

No. of students entered

Qualification

Achieved

Pass rate

12

ASDAN Entry 1 Diploma in Personal Progress

12

100%

1

ASDAN Entry 1 Cert. in Personal and Social Development

1

100%

2015–2016

No. of students entered

Qualification

Achieved

Pass rate

8

ASDAN Entry 1 Diploma in Personal Progress

8

100%

6

ASDAN Entry 1 Diploma in Personal Progress (2nd Submission)

6

100%

1

ASDAN Entry 1 Cert. in Personal and Social Development

1

100%

2014–2015

No. of students entered

Qualification

Achieved

Pass rate

1

ASDAN Entry 1 Diploma in Personal Progress

1

100%

2

ASDAN Entry 1 Award in Personal Progress

2

100%

1

ASDAN Entry 1 Unit Cert. in Personal Progress

1

100%