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Progress 8, the initiative designed to measure student progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school, and Attainment 8, an institutional score ranked on how well pupils have achieved in up to 8 Key Stage 4 qualifications, have now been in effect and included in headline Department for Education (DfE) league tables for two years.
The first national Progress 8 results showed most schools obtaining a score of between -0.1 and +0.1. However, in accordance with concerns expressed by school leaders about the “disproportionate” impact of outliers on overall Progress 8 scores, the DfE has worked with Ofsted, regional schools commissioners and local authorities, to mitigate their effect. The DfE has outlined changes to the way that Progress 8 is calculated, so that institutional scores are not affected by pupils with ‘extremely negative progress 8 scores’, often as a result of bereavement, illness, or referral to an alternative provision.
In order to guarantee pupils progress to and achieve their full potential, and for schools to rank well in performance tables, it is essential that Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures are implemented effectively. With the government looking to heed school advice to deliver a fully accountable and effective Progress 8 system, it is essential that schools come together to learn from one another as to how they can effectively adapt to the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 systems to improve student outcomes.
This one day forum will allow participants the opportunity to hear from policy experts on the future of Progress and Attainment 8 in the school system and consider what has been achieved to date.
Attendees will hear from key policy experts and best practice case studies, covering how to best implement the new system and measures to track progress and maximise attainment, so as to ensure positive outcomes for students.
Key speakers include:
• Neil Redmond-King, Principal Officer – Schools, Ofsted
• Jude Hillary, Director of Research, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)
• Rob Campbell, Member of National Executive and Chair of Secondary Council, National Association of Headteachers (NAHT).
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