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2017 school performance tables: statement of intent (primary)

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a statement of intent explaining which data it plans to publish for schools in the primary performance tables. It includes information on the main changes to 2017 performance tables and provides information on the publication dates of national level data, floor standard criteria and coasting school definitions.

The statement of intent confirms the department will publish measures of key stage two performance for all state-funded primary schools, with a key stage two cohort in December 2017.

The main change to the 2017 performance tables is as follows:

  • The average scaled scores per pupil will be broken down for boys/girls, for pupils whose first language is English and for non-mobile pupils. This will be in addition to the average scaled score by prior attainment and disadvantage published in 2016

Primary performance tables

The Standards and Testing Agency will provide schools and local authorities with pupils' test results via the secure NCA tools website on 4 July 2017. This will give the following for each pupil:

  • a raw score (number of marks awarded) for each test
  • a scaled score for each test
  • confirmation of whether the pupil has reached the expected standard

As in 2016, the DfE will also publish a statistical release on 4 July that will provide national level data, including the following:

  • the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics (combined)
  • the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard by individual subject (reading, writing and mathematics)
  • average scaled score by individual test subject (reading, mathematics and GPS)

As usual, the DfE will share provisional school-level performance measures with schools when they ask schools to check and submit any amendments to underlying data via the key stage two performance tables data checking exercise. The DfE plans to open the checking website by 31 August and release progress data to schools at the same time.

Floor standards

The school performance measures published in performance tables are used to identify schools that are failing to meet minimum performance expectations or 'floor standards'. The DfE will confirm the 2017 floor standard criteria by 31 August 2017.

Coasting schools

Coasting schools are those that consistently fail to ensure pupils reach their potential. The 'coasting' definition covers school performance across three years. For 2017, it will consider performance in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and a school will only be identified as coasting if it is within the coasting definition for all three years. For primary schools in 2017, the definition will apply to schools when the following is met:

  • In 2015,  they had fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieving level four in reading, writing and mathematics and below the median percentage of pupils making expected progress in all of reading, writing and mathematics, and
  • In 2016 and 2017, they have fewer than 85 per cent of children achieving the new expected standard at the end of primary school, and the average progress made by pupils in reading or writing or mathematics is below a level set against the new primary progress measures. These threshold progress levels for 2017 will be announced in the autumn, but in 2016, they were -2.5, -3.5 and -2.5 respectively.

Multi-Academy Trust performance measures

Multi-Academy Trust performance measures were published alongside school performance tables for the first time in 2016. The DfE plans to release 2017 MAT performance tables for key stage two alongside the school and college performance tables in January 2018.

Read the full statement of intent here.