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Hi, I have used PIVATS for about 10 years in enhanced resourcing. I keep a paper copy for each child and work through the examples for each small step for assessment (especially the maths). For that last couple of years I have used the online recording tool – you really need both unless there was more that my school didn’t purchase online. It wasn’t particularly onerous but assessments were done 1:1 with practical equipment for maths – as learners were pre-written tests – which was time consuming, but very accurate. I didn’t need any particular training. I have also used classroom monitor which has PIVATS 4 statements on it – however they don’t gel well with the 2014 curriculum when you get to P8-1C vs P8-Bridge-PIVATS milestone one stage 1.