• 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

  • 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

  • DfE planning changes to Progress 8 in 2018

    The Department for Education will change the methodology for its Progress 8 accountability measure in 2018, after a consultation revealed school leaders are angry over the “disproportionate” impact of outliers on their overall scores. The changes will be made in response to “feedback from schools about the impact that a small number of pupils with

    11.33 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • We need to ditch Progress 8

    Progress 8 is an embarrassment, says Tom Sherrington, a measure far removed from any sense of what the quality of schooling should be Every time I blog about Progess 8 and the disproportionate impact a few students can have or the depressing curriculum decision-making that it drives in schools, someone will try to explain the

    5.00 Jul. 15th, 2017 | Opinion