The primary indicator of school performance is now Progress 8, however the DfE performance tables will also reference the following key headline measures:
- Progress across 8 subjects
- Attainment across the same 8 subjects
- Percentage of pupils achieving the threshold in English and mathematics. A grade 4 will be referred to as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘good pass’
- Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate.
Progress 8 is calculated by determining each student’s performance across a range of eight different subjects (English, Mathematics, three EBacc subjects, please see below, and three other GCSE or high quality GCSE equivalent outcomes) and then comparing this performance to the attainment of other students nationally who started secondary school with a similar Key Stage 2 results profile. A student will achieve a positive Progress 8 score if their performance is above that of other students nationally and a negative Progress 8 score if their performance is below that of other students nationally. Individual Progress 8 scores will be aggregated to give a Progress 8 score for each school. For example, if a school’s progress 8 score is +0.5 it means that students at that school have, on average, achieved half a grade higher in each of their subjects than other students of the same starting point nationally.
The Progress 8 score for 2016-17 is calculated against the 2017 national data and therefore this data-set is not available until the end of September 2017. Following a thorough analysis of the attainment data we are confident that, despite the changes in GCSE point scores, the Progress 8 Score for all students will significantly exceed the +0.41 achieved last year. This clearly demonstrates the exceptional progress that students have made during their time with us. The indicative (unvalidated) Progress 8 score that we currently have is +0.63, a figure that would place us in the top 3% of schools nationally.
Attainment 8 measures the achievement of a student 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. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a student’s Attainment 8 score.
In 2017, new GCSE qualifications in English and Mathematics, graded 1-9, will be included in performance tables, with others to follow in 2018 and 2019. Points will be allocated to the new GCSEs on a 1-9-point scale corresponding to the new 1 to 9 grades, e.g. a grade 9 will get 9 points in the performance measures. To minimise change, unreformed GCSEs and all other qualifications have been mapped onto the 1-9 scale from 2017 (with 8.5 being the maximum points available for unreformed GCSEs) and the new point system can be seen below.
|GCSE grade||2016 Points||2017 and 2018 Points|
We are delighted that despite the introduction of the new GCSE point scores in 2017 the Attainment 8 score for The Morley Academy this year currently stands at 53.07, which exceeds the Leeds Local Authority 2017 Attainment 8 score of 46.0 by 7.07. At this time the full national picture for 2017 is unknown but there is no doubt that the GCSE results will place the academy amongst the very top performing schools nationally.
Percentage of pupils achieving the threshold in English and mathematics
Following the introduction of the reformed GSCEs in English Literature, English Language and Mathematics GCSEs the grading system for these subjects has now moved from letters (A*-G) to a numerical 9 to 1 system, with 9 being the highest grade. The government has decided to describe a grade 4 as a ‘standard pass’ and a grade 5 as a ‘strong pass’. A grade 4 and above is equivalent to a C and above: if pupils do not achieve this level they will be required to continue studying English and Mathematics Post- 16. Where employers, FE providers and universities currently accept a grade C, they are expected to continue recognising a grade 4.
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The English Baccalaureate is a performance measure that looks at student performance in specific areas. Students who have secured 9-4 grades in English and Mathematics and A*-C grades in a modern or ancient language, a humanity (history or geography) and two science GCSEs are said to have achieved the English Baccalaureate. This year the 2017 data-set reveals that 45.4% of all students achieved the EBacc with English and Mathematics at Grade 4+ and 41% of students achieved the EBacc at Grade 5+ for English and Mathematics. The first of these figures exceeds the Leeds Local Authority data-set by 24% and the 2016 academy data by 18.4% which is very significant.
Summary of the Key headlines for 2017
Progress 8: To be announced in September 2017
Attainment 8: 53.07
Percentage of students a Grade 4+ in English and Mathematics: 82.07%
Percentage of students a Grade 5+ in English and Mathematics: 55.78%
Percentage of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate: 45.40%
National comparisons will be made when the 2017 data-set becomes available.
To compare the academy’s impressive Key Stage Four performance with other schools in Leeds, and nationally, please refer to the School Performance Tables. The School Performance Tables can be accessed using the following link: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance. (Please be aware that the 2017 results will not be available to view here until later this year).