Progress 8

School league tables – what do they really mean?

League tables could be said to be a snapshot of the quality of a school; a grade which represents every lesson, each extra pastoral support meeting and the blood, sweat and tears of every teacher and pupil within a school over the past 12 months.

But can league tables could ever represent all of these elements? This question has been at the heart of a 2017 revolution in how the league tables are calculated. Let’s look at the before, the after and the impact of both.

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Does Progress 8 help vocational learners?

Progress 8 was launched amid a flurry of educational sector changes; for years, teachers and school management have done battle with all sorts of metrics, and the balance between the focus on grades and what’s best for the pupil.

There were positive expectations when Progress 8 was introduced back in August 2016. Some seven months on, we look at what this change has meant for the educational sector, and moreover, what it has meant for vocational learners who had previously been relatively overlooked by the old system.

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10 Key Changes to the GCSE

Summer 2016 was a headline-grabber for all the wrong reasons as the lowest GCSE results in a decade were unveiled. Michael Gove claimed the changes would “address the pernicious damage caused by grade inflation and dumbing down”.

Will next year’s results be easier to digest after the first new GCSE exams have been taken?  Only time will tell.

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Progress 8

In 2016, Progress 8 will be introduced into all schools. Schools will also be able to opt-in one year early to the new accountability system.

Progress 8 captures the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of key stage 4 (KS4). Progress 8 is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results at the end of KS4 are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment. Progress 8 will be used as the floor standard measure. (DfE Progress 8 measure in 2016)

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