Bringing together curriculum design, assessment and reporting

Supporting learning, teaching and monitoring pupil progress as you assess without levels in the new 2014 national curriculum

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From start to finish – linking curriculum design, assessment and reporting processes

How it works


Sequences of work

- select content from the new national curriculum core and foundation subjects, and tailor this to meet the needs of your pupils


Pupil attainment

- capture pupil attainment directly against learning in the new national curriculum core subjects
- minimise workload using the principle of recording by omission


Pupil progress

- capture an ongoing picture of attainment for individual pupils, classes, groups and year groups that can be used to monitor progress throughout the year
- use to inform evaluation and planning for next steps in pupils’ learning

Trace is an online tool linking curriculum design, with the assessment and reporting of pupil attainment.

Trace supports schools to meet the characteristics of effective assessment outlined in 'Assessment Principles' (Department for Education April 2014).

As we enter the new era of assessment without levels, Trace will help you to establish a "very direct and clear relationship between that which is taught and learned and assessment".
(Report by the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review December 2011)

What is the cost?

£2500 (or £2000 for Birmingham schools)

Can I see it in action?

Take a look at some of our user guides below:

User Guide 1 - Design User Guide 2 - Assess User Guide 3 - Report

We also have a number of admin user guides available:
Admin User Guide 1 - School | Admin User Guide 2 - Year Groups | Admin User Guide 3 - Pupils

What is Trace?

  • Trace is an online tool, linking curriculum design, to the assessment and recording of pupil attainment. 
  • You can design sequences of work against core curriculum and foundation subjects. 
  • As learning progresses, Trace allows class teachers to record attainment directly in relation to what pupils have learnt, against core curriculum content as identified in sequences of work, rather than using levels or point scores.
  • Evidence of pupil attainment can be captured as quick annotations or by uploading photos, documents or videos.
  • A dynamic, graphical reporting section continually captures pupils’ learning, attainment and progress. 

How will Trace show you what learning and attainment look like over time?

  • Trace uses cumulative data to show the extent to which individual pupils, classes, groups and year groups are on track to attain the curriculum targets (both end of year and end of key stage) that class teachers have identified in planning and curriculum design.

How does Trace help schools target expected end of key stage standards for the new headline performance measures?

Trace captures:

  • The expectations that you have embedded in your planning and curriculum design, and shows the extent to which pupils are on track to meet these expectations.

Trace helps:

  • Class teachers to identify next steps for learning and teaching in the classroom, as pupils progress towards end of year and end of key stage expectations
  • School leaders to interrogate data for classes, groups, year groups and key stages, providing an overview of pupil progress.
"…all assessment and other processes should bring people back to the content of the curriculum (and the extent to which it has been taught and learned), instead of focusing on abstracted and arbitrary expressions of the curriculum such as levels"
- Report by the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review (December 2011) / 0121 366 9950