• 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

  • EBacc 'increases arts subject entries' but teacher numbers fall

    The EBacc has prompted a rise in pupils taking at least one arts subject at GCSE – but the number of teachers and contact hours dedicated to those subjects have fallen, because schools have “misunderstood” the EBacc, according to a new report. Concerns from cultural organisations that the five EBacc subjects – English, maths, science, a language

    0.01 Feb. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Schools call on MPs to fight 'grossly unfair' Progress 8

    School leaders want MPs to fight the government’s “grossly unfair and discriminatory” Progress 8 measure that will award three times more points to pupils moving between top grades than those at the bottom of the scale. But sources close to the government insist the method is designed to protect rather than punish schools with lower-attaining

    5.00 Feb. 6th, 2017 | News

  • RSC performance measure quietly dropped

    The government stopped judging regional commissioners on how many schools in their regions were in need of an academy trust after figures revealed far more sponsors were needed than were available. Documents obtained by Schools Week also reveal that the two other key performance indicators (KPIs) used to keep track on the number of sponsors

    5.00 Jan. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Progress 8: beware confidence intervals!

    Progress 8 scores offer a better way of looking at school performance than did the A*-C percentage GCSE pass rate, says Stuart Kime, but be aware of how you interpret them . Removing the A* – C percentage pass rate statistic from the vernacular of English schooling was an eminently sensible decision. But is the

    5.00 Jan. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • The big topics for headteachers in 2016 (and reasons to be cheerful!)

    It hasn’t been easy, but Liam Collins is determined to keep “the positive energy up”. I wanted to be more positive this year. So I wrote a list, and one side was much longer than the other. Still, I’m going to try to keep the positive energy up. To help, let’s take the classic structure

    5.00 Dec. 17th, 2016 | Opinion