Our impact

Discover how we measure Pace’s impact – and see the difference we make in the lives of children with neurodisabilities.

Measuring impact

Measuring impact

We want to enable every child in the UK with a neurodisability to access life-transforming educational and clinical support aligned with the Pace approach.

It’s a bold vision – but it’s achievable. We carefully monitor our impact to ensure we’re making progress towards the vision, year by year.

Our key outcomes

Impact of Pace School

School Theory of Change

School Theory of Change

We’ve developed a theory of change for Pace School which articulates how what we do delivers against our core strategic outcomes.
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How we measure our School impact

Ofsted

The school is inspected every few years and we receive a judgement.

Students’ achievements.

We set learning goals for every child and track progress.

Parents’ feedback

We regularly survey families to see the difference we make.

Ofsted

Ofsted

Pace has never been anything other than an Ofsted Outstanding school. Our last inspection in November 2019 confirmed that status. You can access the report from that inspection, and all of our inspection reports using the button below.
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Students’ achievements

Students’ achievements

We use Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) at Pace School. This is a method of assessing each child as an individual as they progress towards their own personal learning goals.

Goals are set together with families, and are linked to each child’s education, health and care plan (EHCP).

Goal Attainment Scaling means we not only track each child’s progress, we can also monitor the impact of Pace School in helping children meet their goals, across the four areas.

Goal setting

 

Personal learning goals (PLGs) are set against the four areas within each child’s education, health and care plan (EHCP). We measure and evaluate progress each term and new goals are set at the start of the new term.

Parent’s feedback

 

Every year, we ask school parents and families for their feedback. Here’s a snapshot of what families said in 2021. 

100%

were more positive about their child’s future because of Pace

100%

said they felt better supported and less isolated

100%

of families had improved wellbeing

100%

say Pace has a greater impact compared to alternative settings

100%

believe their child has better posture and movement thanks to Pace

100%

say their child has better language and communication skills

93%

say their child’s relationships and social interactions have improved

93%

said their child has better academic skills as a result of Pace

77%

said their child is better at daily living skills such as dressing and eating

Impact of Pace Child and Family services

Our Early Intervention Theory of Change

Our Early Intervention Theory of Change

We’ve developed a theory of change for our early intervention work in Pace Child and Family services.
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How we measure our Child and Family impact

Progress against specific goals

We set goals for each child, using either Goal Attainment Scaling or the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and review progress over time.

Assessing families’ experience over time

We have created our own Parent & Child Experience (PACE) assessment, which qualitatively records each family’s experience over time.

Parents’ feedback

We conduct an annual survey to obtain direct feedback on our service from parents and carers.

Tracking specific goals

When a baby, toddler or child arrives in our Child and Family services, we work closely with families to set goals.

For babies and toddlers, we typically measure progress towards goals using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). It covers all areas of life and is highly personalised to each child.

For school-age children, we typically measure progress using Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS). We use this in Pace School too. It’s a method of assessing each child as an individual, as they progress towards their own personal learning goals.

Both systems mean we not only track each child’s progress, we can also monitor the impact of Pace services in helping children meet their goals.

Families’ experiences

Families’ experiences

Our own Parent and Child Experience (PACE) assessment tool provides qualitative evidence about our impact.

Parents are interviewed at their first session with us – and we ask the same questions at six-monthly intervals to determine the difference we’ve made.

Parent’s feedback

 

Every year, we ask therapy service parents and families for their feedback. Here’s a snapshot of what families said in 2021. 

100%

can better support their child thanks to Pace

100%

felt listened to by Pace

100%

said Pace staff worked in partnership with them

93%

felt more capable and skilled as parents

93%

of children improved their motor skills

92%

of children were happier, thanks to Pace

4/5

children had better self-esteem

3/4

children had better communication skills

3/4

children were more confident

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