LAPSE English assessment programme

Frequently Asked Questions on Assessment for Senior Leaders

What is LAPSE?

The removal of national curriculum levels led to some uncertainty about how schools and English departments could be confident in tracking pupil progress; assessing pupil performance in a way which is both rigorous and accurate, and using assessment as an effective planning and teaching tool.

Designed to fill the gap created by the removal of National Curriculum Levels, The Lancashire Assessment Programme for Secondary English offers schools an assessment model that provides:
• an assessment programme from key stage 3 to GCSE
• objective led assessment criteria in line with GCSE
• a progression ladder from Year 7 to 11 which supports teachers' planning and AfL
• advice on how to administer assessments
• in-house moderation approaches

Trialled throughout Lancashire schools before its launch in the Summer of 2015, this programme offers the structure and rigour required of schools to track pupils' progress and plot progression in line with expectations at GCSE.

The programme is now embedded in schools across Lancashire and beyond. Schools wishing to adopt the programme can arrange bespoke training by contacting

Further Support

Bespoke support can be arranged on request to support English departments in the application of the programme and offer further standardised exemplars with commentaries to develop moderation in schools.

For any further information about the programme itself or its application, please contact Katy McWean (Secondary English and Literacy Consultant for Lancashire)