Assessment is part of the planning, teaching and learning cycle. You should use evidence of learning, in a range of settings and contexts, throughout the school year to assess learners’ progress. Effective assessment identifies learners’ individual strengths and needs and provides information about learner progress. Many learners with special educational needs (SEN) can be assessed alongside their peers through statutory assessment. Some pupils may need to be exempted from part or all of the statutory curriculum and assessment on a short or long term basis. CCEA have collated the guidance for principals on these exemptions.

A range of non statutory assessment frameworks have also been developed to meet the diverse needs of learners with special educational needs.