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Wales KS4 – New Benchmarks for Science (Double Award) GCSE and the Skills Challenge Certificate

We are delighted to announce that we have completed the analysis of our client data for the Science (Double Award) GCSE and the Skills Challenge Certificate, and we have been able to generate benchmarks.

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Alps Guides 2018/19

The Alps Guides 2018/19 and where to find them on the Connect Homepage.

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Important updates for 2018/19

Some essential updates to be aware of when using Alps in 2018.

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New subject results – Important information for 2018 results

Important information about new subject results including: GCSE DA, 2016 BTEC and Foundation/National Skills Certificate for results day 2018.

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Amazing new features from Alps

Six new features that will help you analyse faster, in more detail and achieve better results.

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2016 BTEC Suite – Available subject benchmarks

Subjects within the 2016 BTEC suite that have benchmarks available.

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KS4 Wales 2018/19 Introductory Offer

We are excited to offer colleagues in Wales a special introductory package for KS4 (2018/19)

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How to calculate an average GCSE score baseline with a mixture of 9-1 and A*-G

An extract from the Alps Guide (England) 2018. The full Guide is available in Resources / Downloads on the Connect Homepage. Click Here  

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Alps target setting 2018

Information about how to carry out target setting for both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 in Alps Connect Data from September.

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Alps Reports now available online

From Autumn 2018 we will no longer print or post reports. Instead you will have instant access to your report via Alps Connect.

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The new way to send data to Alps

Connect Data is the new way to submit your examination results on Results Day

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Alps Connect 2017

Alps Connect is our exciting new on-line interactive reporting platform, allowing internal analysis using our familiar Alps benchmarks via simple yet accessible new tools. Click here for more information.

Opinions

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The importance of Governors speaking ‘Alps’

Effective training for governors is part of a strong leadership team, and will make progress meetings run smoother, share the culture of ambition and aspiration, and ensure that Alps is truly embedded across all stakeholders in the school or college.

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Benchmarks for Welsh Science (Double Award) GCSE and the Skills Challenge Certificate

Information for Welsh Alps Schools The benchmarks for the qualifications above will be available in your KS4 Reports and in Connect Interactive this week, allowing you to carry out subject review analysis across all subjects. For both qualifications, we had no previous data from which to construct a benchmark, and therefore we have used our […]

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Opinion

New 2016 BTEC benchmarks and Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs)

As summer 2018 was the first year of completion of the 2016 2 year BTEC courses, there will be no validated National progress data available until later in the year. To support our schools and colleges we have created these interim benchmarks based on the BTEC and Cambridge Technicals data submitted to us. Once national […]

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Opinion

Benchmarks for the new GCSE Double Award Combined Science

In the last few days we have finalised the benchmarks for this new qualification. These are now available in our KS4 Reports and in Connect Interactive, allowing schools to carry out subject review analysis across all subjects in the science department. Alps benchmarks are generated from validated national data released by the DfE, however as […]

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Opinion

Gaps limiting your Progress 8

As you start to analyse your 2018 KS4 results it seemed a good moment to reflect on what the 2017 Performance Tables can tell us about the perils and pitfalls of Progress 8 (P8). To do the analysis I have only used data from the 2 692 schools or colleges that had a P8 score […]

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Comparable outcomes and comparable progress

2017 saw the first results of the new 9-1 GCSE specifications in England in maths, English language and English literature.

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Opinion

The benchmark changer

See how your monitoring data might look measured against our new 2018 benchmarks using our exciting new Benchmark Changer in Connect. We have just released updated benchmarks for 2018 results analysis. Alps Connect now allows you to choose whether you want to continue to monitor student performance against the current benchmarks; or instead, to change […]

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Opinion

Assessing your students’ progress from KS2 to KS4 in 2017

The current waves of educational reform pose challenges to all organisations seeking to help schools prioritise areas to focus improvement strategies on in each new academic year.

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Opinion

Issues for Success in a Sixth Form

During training sessions and conferences we are often asked about strategies that really make a difference in improving outcomes for students. Working with many successful schools and colleges gives Alps consultants a unique insight into strategies that consistently deliver outstanding progress. The following questions have been framed to help providers audit and compare their provision […]

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Opinion

How clear is your crystal ball?

The accuracy of teachers’ predicted grades is most important for the student. Unless teachers use their professional judgement to help students understand where they currently are, and more importantly what they need to do to get to where they want to be, students will not be able to fulfil their ambitions in their post 16 […]

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Are ‘staff predicted grades’ an art?

Staff are regularly asked to predict grades for students both at KS4 and KS5. Intervention and mid-year school improvement plans are all based around these grades. But how confident are you that the grades predicted by staff are accurate – in fact how do you define ‘accuracy’ in this context? ‘What should the predicted grades […]

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Alps Minimum Target Grades

Alps minimum target grades are aspirational; in order to achieve them students need to match the performance of students in the top 25% of providers nationally. The full national dataset at AS/A level and BTEC is used to identify the results being achieved by students of differing prior attainment in the top 25% of schools […]

Briefing Papers

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Briefing Paper

Making an impact using Connect Interactive – tracking your students

However you structure your in-year tracking, Connect Interactive can provide you with instantaneous analysis of each set of data.

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Briefing Paper

You have received your Alps analysis – A guide to subject review

With the switch of submission of data on Results Day to Connect Data, your Alps analysis is now available instantly in Connect Interactive or as a PDF report.

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Briefing Paper

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.

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Briefing Paper

KS4 Updates 2018 (England)

Find out how the most recents changes from the DfE are being applied to Alps in England at KS4.

Case Studies

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How we use Alps at Lumen Christi College

The great advantage of Alps reports is that they are available to us within a few days of the publication of A level/AS results.

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A sixth form journey with Alps

At St Mary’s Menston Academy we think Alps is so effective in driving up standards because everyone understands it and buys into it.

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Using Alps as a tool to make a difference

Elliot Hudson uses Alps, not used as a mechanism to be critical of teachers, but to strive for continual improvement.

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Making A levels work across all abilities

St Louise’s Comprehensive College is a large mixed ability, catholic, single sex school, which is based on the Falls Road, right in the heart of West Belfast.

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Sustaining outstanding progress using Alps at Holyhead School

Holyhead School use Alps to track progress at all levels to ensure underachievement is tackled swiftly regardless of ability.

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Practical Use of Alps in a School Sixth Form Radyr Comprehensive School

Alps has been instrumental in improving the outcomes of our students and has helped us to achieve.

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Alps – At the Heart of Establishing a Successful Sixth Form

Shirley High School used the expertise of Alps to help drive up results and establish a learning culture at KS5.

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Fostering an outstanding culture

Nelson & Colne is a small tertiary college in Pennine Lancashire, serving a diverse community with some areas of very high deprivation and significant ethnic difference.

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More Brynteg pupils achieve their chosen direction

How at Brynteg School, with a sixth form of around 380 students, uses Alps as a basis for improvement.

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Using Alps to drive up standards

Michael Walsh, DP of Salford City College, tells us how they used Alps to drive up standards and sustain improvements.

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Tower Hamlets LA development strategy

Tower Hamlets has a problem: top performing students at GCSE don’t get the top A level grades; and so many are now travelling outside the borough to learn.

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