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Supporting your SEND provision

Tapestry can help you to demonstrate the progress made by children with learning differences at your setting or school, recognising their small steps as achievements on their own developmental pathway. You can use either of the defined frameworks we have available – Cherry Garden and SEND, both of which come with their own monitoring functions.


Cherry Garden

We worked with Cherry Garden School, an outstanding special school for pupils from 2-11 years old in the London Borough of Southwark to bring their assessment framework for children with learning differences to life on Tapestry. Using their years of special educational needs teaching experience and by building on parts of the popular Routes for Learning framework, Cherry Garden have created a unique framework for students working at a level expected for typically developing children aged 0-5 years.

We believe that maximising the quality of parent and carer engagement is a core strength of Tapestry. To that end, we’ve developed a powerful visual alternative to standard assessment reports. Here, a family-friendly interactive animation brings each child’s individual progress to life by representing observations in a fun and intuitive way. You can read more about the Cherry Garden framework here.






This was created after the Tapestry team were approached by several SEND schools who asked us to develop an assessment framework for children with learning differences using the relevant parts of the Development Matters document. The Cherry Garden framework fits neatly with the new EYFS framework because it isn’t intended to be used in a data-centric way. Working with three special schools and a specialist advisory teacher, we used the same statements but took out the age-bands and called them stages instead – thereby not attaching them to any age. The schools gave us many additional statements that they felt best fit within the framework, and the Tapestry SEND assessment framework was created. Early years settings and schools are now using this framework for their children with learning differences from birth, right up to Key Stages 1 and 2.


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