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In 2016, performance tables for secondary schools (KS4) are changing. Below is an overview of the changes and there are links to places where you can find more information.
There will be four key headline measures of school performance:
The Department for Education (DfE) are also looking to introduce a fifth headline measure on destination and are currently reviewing experimental statistics to ensure the robustness of the data before publishing.
These measures are based on pupils’ performance across 8 subjects. These subjects will be taken from four categories:
Although Progress 8 encourages students to take eight qualifications, it is not compulsory and for some students gaining good grades in fewer subjects with the emphasis on doing well in English and maths could be a more beneficial programme of study.
DfE are offering secondary schools the opportunity to opt in to the new accountability system one year early, ie 2015 performance tables. As the new accountability system is designed to focus on the progress of all students rather than placing undue emphasis on the C/D border line, this opportunity would allow schools to demonstrate the benefit of their broad curriculum.