• Attainment 8 and progress 8: Which regions performed best?

    Today the government has released the provisional GCSE results in England for 2017-18, which reveal the attainment 8 and progress 8 scores across the country. The lowest average attainment 8 score per pupil in England’s state funded schools was 35.2 this year, in Knowsley, a borough in Merseyside, while the highest was 58.0 in Sutton, London (excluding

    12.30 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • EEF predicts 'little or no headway' in closing attainment gap by 2021

    Schools are expected to make “little or no headway” in closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off classmates over the next few years, the Education Endowment Fund has warned. Based on last year’s key stage 2 results, the charity predicts that the gap between the Attainment 8 scores of the poorest pupils

    0.01 Jan. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Numeric GCSE grades system pushing down results

    The shift to a numeric scoring system for GCSEs is playing havoc with this year’s results, as Attainment 8 results drop and more schools fall below the Progress 8 floor standard. The number of schools that will fall below a Progress 8 score of -0.5 has grown by 30 per cent this year, while headline

    20.53 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • League tables 2016: How your school will be judged

    The government has this morning published details of what data schools will be judged on in this year’s league tables. The document includes further detail on primary school floor standards, as well as announcing that minimum progress scores for primary subjects will be revealed next month and primary schools will have access to progress data from September

    12.34 Aug. 4th, 2016 | News

  • The Progress 8 measure explained

    If you are not changing your exam entry policy, and results are the same, it is likely your EBacc3 score will drop, explains David Blow June 2016 will be the first year that Progress 8 takes effect for school accountability, along with other headline measures. This is a major step forward as it means that the

    15.19 Jul. 18th, 2016 | Opinion

  • EXCLUSIVE: Ark’s new ‘Assembly’ service seeks to help edu-tech start ups

    Successful academy chain Ark is launching a new cloud-based service today to break open the market for start-up education technology companies, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. The Assembly service will store data from school management information systems (MIS), which companies can then apply to use for the creation of apps with “school improvement at their

    6.00 Jan. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • Accountability measures for secondary schools are ‘flawed and dangerous’, new analysis suggests

    Secondary school’s published performance measures will this year be “very flawed and quite dangerous” due to a series of anomalies, a union policy director has claimed. But the government and schools inspectorate Ofsted have both said the issues will be taken into account and flagged to the public as necessary. Several education professionals contacted Schools

    6.00 Dec. 5th, 2015 | News

  • Secondary moderns must have a voice, too

    Grammar schools are back in the news with Nicky Morgan’s approval of a Kent school’s expansion. But they’ve never been away, with one in five students in England attending a school affected by academic selection The National Association for Secondary Moderns (NASM) sees the expansion of a Kent grammar school as a chance to raise

    7.30 Nov. 15th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Surge in entry to 'traditional subjects' as schools sign up to Ebacc

    More pupils are being entered into ‘traditional’ subjects such as maths and science in response to the Ebacc, Ofqual boss Glenys Stacey has claimed. Ms Stacey, who is chief executive and chief regulator of the watchdog, told journalists this morning that there had been a rise in the entries to subjects, also known as ‘facilitating subjects’, at

    12.15 Aug. 5th, 2015 | News

  • GCSE exam results to be released early to help parents with secondary school choice

    The government has announced today it will start releasing provisional GCSE results in mid-October so parents can use them to finalise school choices. Schools Minister Nick Gibb said the move is part of the government’s transparency drive and will help parents hold schools to account while allowing heads to highlight their achievements. The results will

    11.23 Jul. 16th, 2015 | News

  • School changes pupils' GCSEs mid-course and blames Progress 8 compliance

    Work experience cut and pupils’ GCSEs changed mid-course to be league table ‘compliant’ A Cambridgeshire school has cancelled a week’s work experience and is making year 10 pupils take on additional GCSEs half-way through their courses to make sure they are “Progress 8 compliant”, Schools Week can reveal. Ely College principal Evelyn Forde wrote to

    20.00 Jul. 2nd, 2015 | News