EnRoute

EnRoute is a Microsoft Access database application which enables teachers to manage Routemap assessments and share judgements about learners’ achievements on the Routes for Learning (RfL) Routemap.   It facilitates recording of evidence (including linked video, image or document files) to show how learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties are succeeding on the Routemap  It also aims to enhance shared understanding of early development and encourage consistency across a school in relation to using Routes for Learning.

Below is a brief summary of the main features of EnRoute:

Assessment for learning
  • Teachers can record multiple pieces of dated evidence for individual learners in relation to every RfL box.
  • A video or photo file can be linked to any piece of (narrative) evidence.
  • An incremental rating can be assigned to each RfL box to indicate the extent to which the teacher believes the box is being achieved (based on the evidence).
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An example of evidence recorded for RfL Box 1.  A link to a video clip has been added.  A second piece of evidence has also been recorded. The evidence overall has been given an incremental  rating of ‘achieved’ .

  • The default descriptors for incremental rating are: ’emerging’, ‘developing’, achieved’, ‘generalised’, but the school can choose its own descriptors, or could for instance use descriptors associated with the ‘Engagement Scale’ or the ‘Continuum of Skill Development’.
  • When making judgements, teachers can:
    • refer to further information about the RfL box (‘Things to try’ and ‘what to look for’ in the RfL Assessment Booklet).
    • view video clips which the school has selected as exemplars to illustrate the behaviours associated with that box.
    • view and reflect upon evidence recorded for any other learner in relation to the selected RfL Box.
  • The software displays teacher assessments on a Routemap (whose format is similar to the ‘Routemap planner’ published with the RfL materials).
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An example of a Routemap record which has been ‘validated’ by moderation.

  • Routemaps and evidence relating to them can be printed out as reports (e.g. for school use or for reporting to parents).
  • Evidence reports can be filtered (e.g. to show only the most recent evidence of achievement).
  • Routemaps and evidence can be amended and updated throughout the school year.
Moderation
  • the software facilitates assessment for learning, but also generates summative (moderated) information for school use.
  • Many features within EnRoute are controlled by the school’s ‘assessment manager’ (AM) who has passworded access to the software.
  • the AM can set a deadline by which teachers should submit Routemaps for moderation (e.g. annually) as well as setting the period prior to the deadline within which submission is possible.
  • When they are ready (and in accordance with the deadline), teachers submit Routemaps for moderation by simply clicking a ‘submit’ button.
  • The software enables the AM to identify which RfL boxes (and which learners) need to be considered for moderation (Moderation focuses on those boxes newly deemed to have been ‘achieved’ or ‘generalised’).
  • This information can be printed out or accessed on screen together with the relevant evidence to prepare for and to facilitate the moderation process.
  • EnRoute enables the AM  to record outcomes from the moderation.
  • evidence recorded for any RfL Box and the incremental rating given to it by the teacher can be ‘confirmed’ or ‘queried’ as a result of moderation.
  • If evidence is ‘queried’, the AM can choose to downgrade the box,  or refer it back to the teacher for re-submission.
  • The AM assigns a ‘reason’ when a box is queried. This information is collated for school improvement purposes. (e.g. if judgements about RfL box 26 were regularly queried at moderation, it might indicate a need to further develop teachers’ understanding of what achieving ‘contingency awareness’ looks like).
  • When all RfL Boxes have been confirmed (or adjusted), the AM ‘validates’ the Routemap as a whole.
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An example of a moderation form. The judgement for RfL Box 41 has been queried while other  RfL Boxes are confirmed.

  • When the Routemap record has been validated, incremental scores, the total boxes achieved and the highest box achieved associated with the Routemap are made available as data in reports.
Summative use of data
  • EnRoute shows learner progress from year to year by comparing the moderated ‘achieved’ and ‘highest’ totals on consecutive Routemaps.

 

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Example – progress data (anonymised)

  • Where learners are not achieving entire boxes in a year, the incremental scores can show smaller degrees of progression.
  • Progress data can be viewed in (various) tabular or graph formats.
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Example – progress in graphic format

  • Data can be filtered for year groups, classes, teachers, and for more specific groups e.g. by gender, LAC, ethnic minority, eFSM, etc.
  • Information can also be recorded about learners’ health status and other factors contributing to, or detracting from progress they make (pen pictures).
  • This  contextual information can be viewed alongside the data and used to help inform judgements about the data itself.

EnRoute is available at a price of £90.

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