Realising the Ambition Progress Check


Complete a written summary of children’s development in line with the Realising the Ambition guidance. ✔ Comment on progress in each learning area. ✔ Highlight areas requiring further confidence and support. ✔ Propose strategies and ideas to support future learning both within the setting and at home. ✔ Create a Targeted Plan for specific concerns.

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Early Years providers in Scotland are advised to follow Realising the Ambition, the national practice guidance document for Early Level pupils in Scotland.

Practitioners must regularly monitor and assess children’s learning in order to recognise children’s progress, understand their needs, and to plan activities that will best support their development.

A selection of forms are provided in this pack that will allow you to put together a short written summary (Progress Check) of children’s development which can be shared with parents and any other professionals involved in supporting children’s learning and wellbeing.

Purpose of a Progress Check

The purpose of a progress check is to recognise a child’s strengths, any areas where progress is less than expected, if there are significant emerging concerns, or whether any special educational needs or disabilities have been identified.

The progress check may be used at any stage within the early years to review and assess learning progress.

Use the Progress Check to:

✔ Comment on the children’s progress in each learning area and make an assessment as to whether their development level within each learning aspect as ‘Less than Expected’, ‘On Track’ or ‘Advanced’.

✔ Highlight any areas requiring further confidence and support.

✔ Propose strategies and ideas to support future learning both within the setting and at home.

Note any specific concerns and planned actions for future support, including whether a Targeted Plan is required.

Add an optional cover sheet to include further information such as first language, current interests, learning styles and preferred schemas.

RTA Progress Check Cover Sheet

Where specific concerns have been highlighted, complete a Targeted Plan to focus future learning around planned targets considering strategies, resources and activities suited to the child’s interests and learning style.

Targeted Plan

User Guide, Targeted Plan template AND COMPLETED EXAMPLES also included!

Please see the Further Details tab above for file format and supply information.

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All of the forms in this pack are supplied as PDF Forms. You can choose to print them out and complete by hand or use your computer / tablet to enter information before printing or sharing digitally with parents.

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