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Secondary performance tables, ready reckoners and guidance on accountability measures

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Secondary school performance tables in England (2018)

The Department for Education (DfE) has published the achievements of pupils at key stage four (KS4) and how they compare with other schools in their local authority area and in England. The secondary school performance tables show:

  • Attainment results for pupils at the end of key stage four
  • The progress made by pupils between the end of primary school to the end of secondary school
  • Data on the performance of disadvantaged pupils
  • Differences in the performance of:
    • pupils who had low attainment at the end of primary school
    • pupils who had high attainment at the end of primary school
    • pupils who were at the expected level at the end of primary school. 

There is also data about school:

  • income and expenditure
  • workforce
  • pupil characteristics
  • pupil absence
  • Ofsted inspections. 

The DfE will publish updated figures, accounting for amendments made after November 2018, in April 2019.

View the performance tables online here

Information on secondary accountability measures (including Progress 8 and Attainment 8)

Information and guidance have been made available on secondary accountability measures. The guidance on this page explains how secondary accountability measures have been calculated in 2017. It also gives more information about recently announced reforms that will apply to accountability measures in 2018 and 2019, and a short video explaining Progress 8 is available. The documents available on this page include:


16 to 18 accountability headline measures

The DfE has published information for schools on new measures in the 2017 to 2018 performance tables. The five new headline measures in the performance tables covering 16 to 18 education in 2017 and 2018 are:

  • progress
  • attainment
  • progress in English and maths
  • retention
  • destinations. 

The technical guide explains how the headline measures are calculated. Guidance for previous years is available on the UK Government Archive.

Guidance has also been published on progress scores for 16-18, which outlines how progress 'bandings' are calculated, and what the progress scores show. There is further information about 16 to 18 progress score bandings in the school and college performance tables.

Ready reckoners

The DfE has published a ready reckoner to calculate level three value-added scores and transition matrices of level three results by key stage four prior attainment.

Level three value-added is a progress measure for school sixth forms and colleges which is used in the 16 to 18 performance tables. You can also read the 16 to 18 accountability technical guide to learn more about the level three value-added measure.

If you have any queries or feedback regarding the ready reckoner or the level three value-added measure, you can contact the 16-18 performance tables team at


First published 25 January 2019