• A nerd's guide to today's key stage 4 data

    NFER’s chief social scientist picks apart today’s Progress 8 results… Today’s release of provisional GCSE data makes very interesting reading. On the whole, the government may be pleased as most of the headline accountability measures show small improvements at the national level compared to last year. We’ve dug into the results a little, to see

    16.32 Oct. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Did free schools really get the best progress scores?

    Free schools came top as the best-performing “type” of school in this year’s Progress 8 tables, but were their scores really good enough to assert that with confidence? Becky Allen explains… Today appeared to be a good day for free schools, with mainstream free schools achieving a Progress 8 score of +0.24 across the sector.

    14.03 Oct. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 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

  • Pupil destinations will trump Progress 8 as headline measure for UTCs

    The Department for Education is changing the way it judges the success of university technical colleges and studio schools, by moving its focus from the Progress 8 accountability measures to pupil destinations. In a letter to the Office for Statistics Regulation, Neil McIvor, chief data officer and chief statistician at the DfE, explained changes that will be

    10.00 Aug. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Cheating at key stage 2 SATs: what does it mean for secondary schools?

    What if the reason a secondary school had a poor progress rate was not due to its own teaching, but because the pupils arrived with overinflated results from primary school? Researchers at the number-crunching powerhouse Education Datalab believe this theory holds true, after they looked at secondary schools that took pupils from 30 different primary

    5.00 Apr. 20th, 2018 | Opinion

  • REVEALED: The schools where the poorest pupils make most progress

    The poorest pupils have made more progress than their better-off peers at just three per cent of secondary schools, new analysis shows. About 100 schools posted a positive Progress 8 score for their pupils on free school meals, or who were on free school meals at some point in the last six year, which beat

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • A deep dive into Progress 8 and disadvantage

    The Department for Education released its revised GCSE results for the 2016-17 exams on January 25, and Schools Week has taken a deep dive into the data to see how disadvantaged pupils fared at different types of schools. Pupils are defined as “disadvantaged” if they have been eligible for free school meals in the past

    5.00 Jan. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Progress 8 is biased towards grammar schools - here's the solution

    The school progress measures were a step in the right direction, but in their current form they can only partially correct for intake ability, writes Tom Perry As we have known for decades, and the data clearly shows, raw attainment scores such as schools’ GCSE results say more about schools’ intakes than their performance. The

    11.21 Jan. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • 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

  • School performance data: winners and losers

    The Department for Education this week published school-level data on GCSE and A-level results, including Progress 8 and Attainment 8 scores. Here, Schools Week looks at the winners and losers from this week’s data dump. A zero-sum game Because of the nature of Progress 8, the national score is designed to be zero. But schools

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Languages responsible for drop in EBacc entries

    The proportion of pupils entering the EBacc has dropped for the first time, new data shows, and experts claim the pressure for high Progress 8 scores is causing schools to avoid “risky” EBacc subjects. Whereas 39.7 per cent of pupils entered the EBacc last year, that proportion dropped by 1.5 percentage points to 39.7 per

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2017 | News