In October 2013, the Department for Education announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It includes two new headline measures, Attainment 8 and Progress 8.  The new performance measures are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on an academic core at key stage 4, and reward schools for the teaching of all their pupils well, measuring progress across 8 qualifications from age 11 to 16.

Attainment 8

Attainment 8 will measure the achievement of a pupil across 8 qualifications including mathematics (double weighted) and English (double weighted), 3 further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) measure and 3 further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list.

Progress 8

Progress 8 aims to capture the progress a pupil makes from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.  It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior attainment.  Every increase in every grade a pupil achieves will attract additional points in the performance tables. Progress 8 will be calculated for individual pupils solely in order to calculate a school’s Progress 8 score, and there will be no need for schools to share individual Progress 8 scores with their pupils.

Please click on the following link to watch a short video explaining Progress 8 Progress 8 School Performance Measure  The video can be found at the bottom of the linked page, following some of the DfE technical guides.

In addition to Attainment 8 and Progress 8, schools’ are also to be measured in their performance of pupils attaining ‘good’ passes in the EBacc and Basics (English and Maths) measures.

For further information on these measures and how the school has performed against local and national standards, please go to the governments’ performance tables comparison website at the following link Schools’ comparison website