Mapping & Assessing Personal Progress
(MAPP – Semi-Formal)

Written by Mike Sissons and originally developed at The Dales School (North Yorkshire)

MAPP (Semi-Formal)  is a suite of materials to facilitate the planning, assessment and recording of progress in relation to personal learning intentions.

Below is a recording of an Equals Online CPD session by Mike Sissons.

Mike talks about the new MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress). Equals members can attend the live online CPD sessions for 100% FREE.

Please visit the Equals Events Page to view the full selection of online CPD sessions available. For further information about MAPP, please contact the Equals Strategic Development Manager using or you can ring Paul using 0191 272 1222.

MAPP (Semi-Formal) at a glance

Section 1

Contains the MAPP Milestones. These are not strictly hierarchical and, though they increase in complexity within each section, there is no assumption that learners will work through all of them or approach them in a fixed order. They are intended to guide thinking when writing personal learning intentions; they are not intended to be exclusive and teachers should refer to other relevant resources.

Section 2

Contains the Assessment of Lateral Progress (ALP). This is the core instrument in MAPP for assessing progress in relation to learning intentions, whatever their source. It has been used to assess progress in physical development, for example, an area not covered by the Milestone statements but an area which is of vital importance to many pupils with LDD.

In this revised edition of MAPP, the aspect of ‘prompting’ has been renamed ‘independence’.

This is simply a change in language which has been made to provide consistency, and to avoid the confusion that has sometimes arisen over the notion of progress being linked to a reduction in prompting, rather than an increase in independence.

Section 3

Offers guidelines on the completion of the MAPP (Semi-Formal) spreadsheets. These spreadsheets generate more information than the spreadsheets in the first edition of MAPP but have been designed in such a way that they do not require teachers to input any additional data.

Section 4

Discusses key concepts in MAPP (Semi-Formal) and recommends systems and processes concerning its implementation. This section contains answers to the questions that have most frequently ben raised in training sessions and presentations since the publication of the first edition of MAPP in 2010.

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Assessment for all learners working within the
Equals Informal Curriculum designed for those

with Complex Learning Difficulties (CLD)

  • There are no assessment or progress norms for Informal Learners,
    therefore assessment for all learners experiencing CLD will therefore,
    of necessity, be individualised and ipsative.
  • The learner is where the learner is. We have to work with them where they are,
    and though we cannot leave them there, knowing where they are now,
    is an essential first step.
  • Stretch and challenge are hugely important, but first of all each learner must be
    engaged, and that engagement must be active, rather than passive. 
  • The nature of ‘work’ is highly likely to be different to that understood to be
    appropriate for neuro-typical learners of the same chronological age.
  • We are not trying to change the leaners, we are trying to facilitate
    and enable their growth.

Members: £50 when purchased with the informal curriculum.
Non-Members: £125 when purchased with the informal curriculum.

*Schools can only purchase this if they hold a licence for the
Equals Informal Curriculum Schemes of Work.

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MAPP – Formal – Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress

MAPP – Formal at a glance

MAPP (Formal) is intended for pupils who have global learning difficulties (GLD) and who are accessing subject-specific learning. These are pupils who are working consistently and over time at pre-key stage levels in all aspects of communication and cognition despite good or outstanding, appropriately differentiated, ‘quality first’ teaching and targeted interventions. Pupils with GLD may be taught in special schools or within mainstream provision, particularly at KS1, KS2 and in Early Years settings.

MAPP is divided into five main sections. Sections 1 and 2 are the working documents. Sections 3, 4 and 5 contain guidance on implementing MAPP.

Section 1

Milestone Statements

The milestone statements support the planning of teaching and are not assessment items. They are not strictly hierarchical and there is no assumption that learners will work through all of them or approach them in a fixed order. They do not claim to be exclusive or exhaustive. They are not ‘off-the-peg’ targets. Their purpose is to identify key skills within domains of learning and so provide a basis for writing personal learning intentions.

Section 2

The Assessment of Lateral Progress (ALP)

ALP is the defining feature of MAPP. Its function is to express qualitative observations of learning in a framework which gives a graphic representation of lateral progress. ALP comprises a ten point rating scale for each of four aspects of skill-development, namely: independence, fluency, maintenance and generalisation. Each rating scale has descriptors which help secure consistency in judgements.

ALP (as the instrument for tracking lateral progress against personal learning intentions) is the essential component of MAPP.

Section 3

Contains guidance on using the accompanying formatted Excel spreadsheets.

Section 4

Contains guidance on writing and assessing personal learning intentions.

Section 5

Addresses issues concerning quality assurance.

Settings may wish to adapt the spreadsheets or develop their own systems for recording progress, but any adaptations must remain faithful to the principles which underpin the Milestones and ALP if the integrity of MAPP is to be retained.

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Assessing & Recording Progress within the EYFS

A new EYFS resource to support assessment
and recording in the Early Years Foundation Stage

An interactive learning journal designed specifically for children with complex and profound learning needs. These materials reflect the key principles of the revised EYFS; reducing time spent on recording and recognising the importance of qualitative data and practitioner knowledge in order to provide high quality assessment for learning.

  • Records progress from the start of each child’s unique learning journey and keeps the child at the centre of the process
  • Emphasis on personalised strengths and significant characteristics of each child in order to capture progress without the use of checklists or excessive data
  • Provides useful links to support the transition beyond EYFS
  • A celebratory document that can be shared with parents, carers and child.


An Introduction and Guide to Using the Materials

  • My Communication & Language Development
  • My Physical Development
  • My Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • My Cognition & Learning and EYFS Characteristics

Skills Maps

  • To Support Observational Assessment and Recording

An Interactive Learning Journal


£50 for Independent Schools, £60 for Equals Members and £75 for Equals Non-members

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To learn more about these new materials from Equals, please contact and previews can be provided via online sessions using Zoom or Teams.

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