Using Alps to set aspirational targets with students
The ethos driving an Alps culture in schools and colleges is to encourage staff and students to be aspirational. This starts in September in the setting of targets, or Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs) and with Alps, this means basing all targets on the progress made by students in the top 25% of schools and colleges nationally.
How do I generate Alps MEGs?
Target setting software will be incorporated into Connect Data for both Key Stages and all qualification types. There is a user manual to support you in generating your MEGs and importing them into your MIS.
When is the best time to set targets?
The start of a new academic year is the perfect time to share new targets or review existing targets with your students, but this varies across schools/colleges. The great news is that the software is there for whenever you want to use it.
Sharing the Alps aspirational message
- Top performing Alps schools/colleges train students to understand how the target setting process supports them in being aspirational.
- Get students to calculate their own MEGs by sharing prior attainment data and banding tables. Make sure to point out that these are minimum grades only.
- Plan time in your quality assurance cycles for dialogue to occur between subject staff and students to agree subject specific targets.
- Ideally parents should be involved by having the target setting process explained. This could be via an early parents meeting followed up by regular written communication.
- Show students past results, with examples of those who have smashed their MEGs in previous years, MEGs are after all just the starting point.
Using your MEGs to set individual subject targets
- Firstly, MEGs are minimum and are not a ceiling. Some schools and colleges now use 90% MEGs as a standard to encourage students to aim even higher.
- Crucially, teaching staff have to understand how progress in their subject compares to the MEG. For this we turn to the subject thermometers.
- It is great practice in September for all staff to revisit the Alps methodology, remind themselves of what MEGs are, identify how their subject has performed against the MEGs nationally and finally review their targets. This can be done through staff training sessions delivered ‘in-house’ by your Alps champion or by watching one of our free webinars. We can deliver training on site or through video conference for a fee.