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The SEND project (2014) was led by The Partnership Teaching School,
funded by Teaching Schools and co-ordinated by eLIM. 

Teachers from Special Schools and SENCOs from Primary Schools worked together to consider what Computing can look like for learners with complex needs.  Learning objectives and activities are published for p-scales 4 - 8, see DfE Computing p-scale statements for p-scales 1 - 3. 

The progression documents include the DfE p-scales for computing published in July 2014 and additional p-scale statements for programming suggested by Sheffield City Council.  PSHE p-scale statements are referred to in the e-safety progression.

Our thanks go to the schools involved: Brookside Primary School, Countess Gytha Primary School, Critchill Special School, Elmwood and Penrose Federation, Fairmead Special School, Fiveways Special School, Fosse Way School, Selworthy Special School, St Michael’s Academy and to Somerset PIMS  team.

The progressive approach used is based on eLIM's Somerset Computing Model and progressions.

Documents and Links

Computational thinking for SEND learners

Programming objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8

e-Safety objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8

Technology in our lives, Multimedia and Handling Data objectives and activities p-scale 4 - 8

Blank template annual planner for computing PDF

Blank template annual planner for computing Word

Apps for SEN learners from Somerset's SENATAS


The needs of SEN learners working at a level below age expectations, but above p-scales, can be planned for using the 'I can' statements on the Wessex Computing Project exemplification planning.  The short term plans on this page use bronze level statements for learners working below age expectations.

CAS Updated pscale expectations

A CAS (Computing at Schools) working group have updated the Pscales for Computing in October 2015.


include CAS.PNG