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2018 secondary and 16-18 performance tables: statement of intent published

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The Department for Education (DfE) has published a statement of intent explaining which data it plans to publish for schools and colleges in the secondary and 16 to 18 performance tables. It includes information on the main changes to 2018 performance tables and provides information on the publication dates of national-level data.

The DfE has confirmed that they plan to publish the 2018 performance measures to the following timetable:

  • secondary performance data for schools, colleges and MATs – January 2019
  • 16 to 18 performance data for schools, colleges and MATs – January and March 2019.

As in previous years, they also plan to publish provisional secondary performance measures in October 2018, to help inform parents when choosing their secondary school.

Main changes to secondary performance measures

  • The headline secondary performance measures are broadly unchanged from 2017, with the exception of the EBacc attainment measure.
  • From 2018 the EBacc threshold attainment measure will change to an EBacc average point score measure (APS). Further detail on how this will be calculated is in the secondary accountability guidance.
  • The DfE will continue to publish as additional measures, in January, two EBacc threshold attainment measures:
    • the proportion of pupils achieving the EBacc at grade 5 and above in reformed subjects, and at grade C and above in unreformed subjects; and
    • the proportion of pupils achieving the EBacc at grade 4 and above in reformed subjects, and at grade C and above in unreformed subjects.

In addition, following discussions with NAHT, in 2018 the DfE will implement some minor changes to the secondary progress measures that reduce the disproportionate effect that extremely negative individual scores can have on the overall picture of performance for a school. You can read more about this change here

KS4 headline performance measures

In 2018 the headline measures for all state-funded secondary schools and those colleges that offer key stage 4 provision will be:

  • Progress 8 (adjusted)
  • Attainment 8
  • EBacc Average Point Score (APS)
  • the percentage of pupils entering the EBacc
  • the percentage of pupils achieving a grade 5 or above in English and maths
  • the percentage of students staying in education or employment after key stage 4 (destinations).

KS4 MAT headline measures

The DfE plans to publish the following MAT measures at key stage 4, with breakdowns for disadvantaged pupils for each measure.

  • MAT level Progress 8;
  • MAT level EBacc entry; and
  • MAT level EBacc Average Point Score (replacing the MAT level EBacc attainment measure, reflecting the change in the school level measure).

Main changes to 16 to 18 performance measures

  • From 2018, the headline English and maths progress measures (average progress) will be supplemented by additional data showing the proportion of students in scope for either the English and/or maths measures who entered an approved qualification.
  • An additional measure will be published to show the number of students entering level 3 vocational qualifications which count in the 16 to 18 performance tables as a proportion of the total number of students entering any level 3 vocational qualification. The measure will be shown separately for applied general qualifications and tech levels.
  • There will also be changes to the breakdowns of student destinations (the percentage of students staying in education or employment after 16 to 18 study).

You can read more about the 16 to 18 performance measures in the DfE's technical guide.

First published 14 August 2018