• Education is a long game, so league table measures should be too

    There are natural swings between year groups as talent and circumstance ebb and flow, suggests Loic Menzies, but under the current system, this skews perspectives on school success. Every year, hundreds of secondary schools’ results swing by more than 15 percentage points. Some shift by 30 percentage points. This does not necessarily mean a particular school

    8.45 Dec. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Academy trusts will appear in January’s league tables

    Next year, the public will be able to see for themselves how well multi-academy trusts are doing in the school performance league tables for the first time. From January 25 next year, academy trusts will be included alongside individual schools on the Department for Education’s website, as it seeks to make information about trusts more

    5.00 Dec. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Who topped the annual Regional Schools Commissioner League Tables?

    The government has released the latest data showing the performance of the regional school commissioners in their second year of the job. A new set of performance indicators were used that year, and Schools Week has crunched the data to show how the RSCs measured up in each of the categories – and whose has

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Progress 8 results 2016: Key findings from the first national data release

    The government has published analysis of provisional GCSE results data which shows for the first time national analysis of Progress 8 scores and other measures in its new accountability system for schools. From this year, schools are judged based on their attainment 8 and progress 8 scores, attainment in English and maths and the number of

    11.36 Oct. 13th, 2016 | News

  • IGCSE English results 2016: Pass rate increases in final year of league table inclusion

    The pass rate for IGCSEs in English language has risen this year with more than 210,000 pupils sitting the exams in the final year before the qualification will be removed from league tables. Results released today by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) show that 64.6 per cent of pupils achieved at least a grade C, up from 63.2

    10.51 Aug. 11th, 2016 | Exam results, 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

  • Character education awards 2016: Who are the winners and why were they picked?

    The government has unveiled the winners of this year’s character education awards. Nine regional awards worth £15,000 and one national award with a £20,000 prize are handed out every year to schools, youth projects and pupil referral units which demonstrate commitment to the government’s character education aims. Here are this year’s winners…   Thorseby Primary School, Hull –

    16.50 Jul. 8th, 2016 | News

  • DfE multi-academy trust league tables: Who are the best and worst performers?

    The Department for Education has today published its own “league tables” for multi-academy trusts, fulfilling a manifesto pledge and promises by ministers for more transparency over the academies programme. The publication of the data confirms a series of earlier analysis by experts that shows there are large differences between the performance of academy chains. For

    12.20 Jul. 7th, 2016 | News

  • 20 large academy trusts 'underperforming', new league tables reveal

    Twenty of the largest multi-academy trusts (MATs) – running more than 300 schools – fall “significantly below” the national average for improving pupils’ attainment, a major new analysis comparing the performance of MATs and councils has found. The findings, published today by think tank the Education Policy Institute (EPI), revealed stark variations in the performance

    0.01 Jul. 7th, 2016 | News

  • Ofsted letter to inspectors: 'Clamp down on gaming'

    Ofsted has formally written to inspectors urging them to look out for schools entering pupils for qualifications to boost their league-table standings, rather than in the best interests of pupils. The move follows a string of investigations by Schools Week which revealed how schools were entering pupils en-masse to obscure qualifications to boost their performance.

    17.27 Jun. 27th, 2016 | News

  • EXCLUSIVE: How the brightest are slipping down the tables

    The buzz phrase within education policy and schools over the past six years is to close the gap — between disadvantaged children and their better-off peers; between boys and girls; between white working-class boys and everyone else. But what impact have policy decisions had on pupils at the top and bottom end of the attainment

    1.00 Jun. 24th, 2016 | News