Who is OnwardsandUpwards for?

  • Special Schools
  • Specialist colleges
  • SEND in mainstream schools
  • Multi Academy Trusts (MAT)
  • Local Education Authorities

Who does it benefit?

  • Senior Leadership (SLT)
  • Subject Leads
  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • SENCO’s
  • EHCP managers
  • Parents and carers
  • Pupils / Students


This is a selection of OnwardsandUpwards schools who've agreed to be contacted for reference:

Pendle Community High School & College

As mentioned in the
Parliamentary Review


Debra Grogan, Headteacher, Pendle Community High School, Pendle, Lancashire


01282 682 260

This [lesson planning] module has been a god send - ensures selection of pinpoint and specific objectives for each lesson with the ability to input data directly within the evaluation. Massive time saver and accurate real-time formative assessment. Reduces teacher workload and the need for hours spent inputting data at the end of term when it can be difficult to remember all achievements. We love it!

Debra Grogan - Headteacher, Pendle Community High School & College

Eagle Park School


Margaret Carey, Eagle Park School, Park Place, Chiswick, London

Tel: 02023 876 5076

OnwardsandUpwards is really invaluable for our SEN school. It is very adaptable and allows us to monitor and assess progress on a regular basis, particularly as it is very user-friendly and the support team are always so helpful and eager to assist us whenever needed. I would definitely recommend this system to other schools. Gathering and reporting on data can be painful and time- consuming, but Onwards and Upwards makes it easy and efficient. We are all fans at Eagle Park School.

Cromwell High School


Andrew Foord - Head of School, Cromwell High School, Tameside, Greater Manchester

Tel: 0161 338 9730

Customer Review


Duration: 6min 48s

One of the things that we love most… is that it is our system and we've been able to make it bespoke to what we want.

Sarah Williams - Assistant Head

Downs View Schools


Vanessa Hickey, Executive Head Teacher, Downs View School and Link College, Brighton

Tel: 01273 507719

Taken from Ofsted inspection report (11–12 February 2020).

Outcome: Downs View Special School continues to be an outstanding school.

Leaders have developed their own assessment system called ‘onwards and upwards’. Teachers use the pupils’ assessment information to plan work that ensures any gaps in pupils’ knowledge or skills are addressed. Skilful teaching has meant that pupils have the confidence to try more challenging tasks. As a result, pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, know what they have learned and remember it well.

Kingsley Learning Foundation


Rebecca Tungate, Education Development Officer, Kingsley Learning Foundation, Kettering


01536 316880

Education should, and needs to keep up with the times. So as a Trust that moves ahead of the times, we needed a recording and assessment system that would keep up with us.

OnwardsandUpwards has offered us the opportunity to create a bespoke system that is quick and easy to change in accordance with our development. We no longer have to consider how we’re going to assess and record the learning of our pupils in a multitude of facets because I know that I can create a teacher-friendly system that will meet our needs whatever the expectation. It is positively received by our staff and is very user-friendly.

The assessment system is easy to create and if ever I am in doubt, help is always promptly received. I would highly recommend OnwardsandUpwards as they are also happy to move with the times; and with the fast pace of education these days, what more could you want?

Queensmill School


Dr Emily Bennett – Assessment & co-Teacher, Queensmill School, Hammersmith & Fulham, London

Tel: 0208 740 8112

It was clear that our assessment systems no longer met the complex and unique profile of our learners, did not provide any meaningful data on progress and development and led to unimaginative teaching and learning.

At that point we decided to be maverick and design something bespoke to our school and so adopted the OnwardsandUpwards platform. From inception it was clear this would allow us to measure progress made by learners, support high quality teaching and learning, and provide everyone - from government inspectors to concerned parents - with meaningful information.

Describing how we've developed our system over the past four years, many educators are concerned with the challenge of transition from one method of working to another and the time it has taken to reach this point. Though not ideal in the current education landscape, it's through the management of the transition that we've learnt the most about our school, learners, teachers and parents.

Through the hard-work and consideration we have put into our OnwardsandUpwards system we are now able to generate high-quality data and information, reflecting the adage that you get out of life what you put in. Though not always easy or smooth, the journey has been worthwhile and one I would certainly recommend to others.

John Chilton School


Sue Rademacher - Headteacher, John Chilton School, Greater London

Tel: 0208 842 1329

I researched a lot of different assessment systems being produced commercially and by individual schools when the Assessment without Levels directive was given.

I met with lots of assessment leaders who were using a combinations of systems for the different areas and felt that none of these were going to meet our needs. We wanted an assessment system that would allow us to track progress for the wide range of need in the school.

OnwardsandUpwards has allowed us to track breadth and depth of learning, which allows us to recognise realistic progress. Progress is measured in all curriculum areas including the tracking of EHCP targets. The stages of attainment are hierarchical and can be personalised to the school’s holistic curriculum. Within each statement of attainment are levels of involvement and learning, so that the depth of an individual pupil’s learning can be measured. We have also developed a new section to meet the recommendations of the Rochford Review. We can identify the Seven Aspects of Engagement through appropriate statements and track a pupil’s progress through their school career.

The system allows us to take “snapshots” of a pupil’s progress to their target as often as we feel necessary, this is then demonstrated in a series of reports and graphs/charts that are simple to read and interpret, enabling the school to provide interventions where appropriate immediately. For teachers the system is simple to use and accessible from anywhere with internet access; speed and ease are very important to us to ensure that a teacher’s workload is not extensive. The support team at Escendency are very supportive and always respond quickly and professionally - guiding through changes and giving confidence.

I liaise with many schools and still think it is the best system out there when I look around

Sue Rademacher, Headteacher

Weatherfield Academy


Lynne Lloyd, OnwardsandUpwards Administrator, Weatherfield Academy, Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Tel: 01582 605632

It's fantastic how customisable OnwardsandUpwards is

Cambridge School


Mehr Shakir - Assistant Headteacher- Curriculum, Cambridge School, Hammersmith & Fulham, London

Tel: 020 8735 0980

Forest Bridge School


Elizabeth Farnden - Headteacher, Forest Bridge School, Maidenhead, Berkshire

Tel: 01628 64 1769

Oaklands School


Kerry Rouse – Assistant Head & Director of Learning, Oaklands School, Montgomery Way, Winsford, Cheshire

Tel: 01606 551048

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