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Primary and secondary accountability in 2017: technical guidance

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The Department for Education has published updated technical guidance on accountability and school-level progress measures. The guidance documents confirm that the 2017 primary and secondary coasting thresholds are the same as in 2016. 

Primary schools 

In 2017, a primary school will fall within the coasting definition if, based on revised data, it is below the threshold in all three years:

  • In 2015, fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieved level four in English reading, English writing and maths, and below the national median percentage of pupils achieved expected progress in all of English reading, English writing and maths
  • In 2016, fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieved the expected standard at the end of primary schools and the average progress made by pupils was less than -2.5 in English reading, -2.5 in mathematics or -3.5 in English writing
  • In 2017, fewer than 85 per cent of pupils achieved the expected standard at the end of primary schools and the average progress made by pupils was less than -2.5 in English reading, -2.5 in mathematics or -3.5 in English writing.

Download the updated primary accountability technical guide. It is alongside other resources, including a video about how primary school performance is measured, a summary of primary progress measures and ready reckoners for key stages one and two.

Secondary schools

In 2017, a secondary school will fall within the coasting definition if, based on revised data, it is below the threshold in all three years:

  • In 2015, fewer than 60 per cent of pupils achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE (including English and maths) and less than the national median achieved expected progress in English and maths
  • In 2016, the school's Progress 8 score was below -0.25
  • In 2017, the school's Progress 8 score was below -0.25.

Get your copy of the updated secondary accountability technical guide. It is alongside other resources, including an explanation of the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures, and links to the ready reckoners for key stage four in 2017.