NEW PROGRESS 8 MEASURE
In the past schools were measured on how many GCSEs they achieve at A*-C including English and Mathematics. From 2015 pupils are measured on how much progress they make, from when they start in Year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11. This will be known as Progress 8.
The Progress 8 measure is designed to encourage all pupils to study a broad and balanced curriculum. The new measure will be based on pupils’ progress measured across eight subjects. For each pupil the 8 subjects must be a combination from the diagram below. The Progress 8 score will always be determined by dividing the points total by 10 (the eight qualifications with English and Mathematics counting double), regardless of how many qualifications your child sits or in which subjects.
Each pupil will also receive the following information:
- Attainment 8 – showing the pupil’s average achievement in the same suite of subjects as the Progress 8 measure.
- English and Mathematics – If your child achieved a C grade or better in both English (either Language or Literature) and Mathematics.
- The EBacc – If your child achieved good grades (A*-C) across a range of academic subjects.
Below is a mock example of the results a student will gain at the end of Year 11:
From this information we can tell:
- The pupil on average achieved one grade higher in each subject when compared to the attainment of pupils with similar prior attainment at primary school.
- The average grade attained by the pupil is a high B. The student will have attained a mix of As and Bs.
- The pupil achieved a C or better in both English and Maths.
- The pupil also achieved a C or better in at least two sciences, a modern foreign language and either history or geography.
QUALIFICATIONS THAT WILL COUNT TOWARDS THE PROGRESS 8 MEASURE
All full-course GCSEs count towards the Progress 8 measure, along with any approved, high-value qualifications.
OTHER APPROVED QUALIFICATIONS
Up to three vocational qualifications can count towards the Progress 8 measure as part of the open group.
DOUBLE-WEIGHTING OF ENGLISH AND MATHS
Pupils at Fisher More study both English Language and English Literature. The higher grade will count twice and the lower grade will form part of Progress 8 if it is one of their best 8 grades. All pupils at Fisher More study Mathematics. The result of this will automatically count twice. Core and additional science GCSE will take up one slot each in the Progress 8 measure. Triple award separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and each count as one slot. Computer science counts as a science and can take one slot.
The EBacc recognises the success of those young people who attain GCSEs at grades A*- C in the following subjects:
- Geography or History
- Modern Foreign Language