News

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Connect, Updates
News

Year 12 Target Setting – will you take part in our research?

We are carrying out some research on Year 12 GCSE outcomes. We want to hear your views on tracking from 2020-2022. Take our short survey here.

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Connect, Updates
News

Supporting you with Year 11 and Year 13

Access our latest resources on supporting you with Year 11 and Year 13, including a new article from Sue Macgregor and an on-demand webinar on resetting expectations for Year 13.

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Connect, Education News, Updates
News

Webinar and workshops programme for the Autumn Term

All new webinars designed to help you prepare for the start of the new Academic Year, giving the support you need when you need it.

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Connect, Updates
News

Alps Champions Resources

Our Alps Champions programme offers you a wealth of resources, checklists, articles and videos to train your staff and embed Alps across your school/college.

Opinions

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Opinion

Starting the Autumn Term in the right frame of mind – how can Alps help?

How do we do our best for our returning students, both those who have not been through the CAG process and those returning to start their KS5 courses?

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Opinion

England – Recruiting for Year 12 and setting aspirational targets in 2020

This blog focuses on recruiting for Y12 and how to look towards setting aspirational targets in 2020.

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Opinion

Alps and HPL – Supporting every student’s future: Next steps after GCSE results

For the first time in living history, students are collecting their GCSE exam grades without having sat a single exam. They will finally be able to make some decisions about their futures and teachers can begin planning for their next cohort. Unfortunately, though, these results are likely to raise as many questions as they answer.

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Opinion

Preparing to analyse your 2020 ‘calculated’ examination results

Our guidance on preparing to analyse your calculated examination results and what comes next.

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Opinion

How to quickly unpick your Calculated Grade Results in Connect Interactive

Follow these quick steps to start unpicking your Calculated Grade Results in Connect Interactive.

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Opinion

Quality Assuring GCSE, AS and A Level centre-assessed judgement grades in 2020 – a checklist

As the window for submitting centre-assessed grades to examination boards runs from 1 – 12 June, do not rush to submit. Our checklist for schools and colleges breaks down how to quality assure your centre-assessed grades so you can be confident with their submission.

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Opinion

Alps – As valuable as ever for 2020/21

Our opinion piece on why Alps will provide you with the analysis you need this summer

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Opinion

Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts

Our guidance on how to set judgement grades for all students in your 2020 examination cohorts, regardless of whether they are missing any baseline scores.

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Opinion

Year 12 in Wales and the cancelled 2020 AS examinations – Some thoughts from Alps

On 27 March, Qualification Wales and the WJEC clarified what is happening at AS in 2020. We give an overview of what we know now, our take on the challenges arising and advice on how to tackle judgement grades.

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Opinion

How to use Connect Interactive to assist with your grading

Alps is committed to supporting schools and colleges throughout this difficult period. As senior leaders and teachers consider how to arrive at their judgement grades for Years 11 and 13 students in a fair and robust way, our Education Team offers some advice and guidance on how Connect Interactive might help. Quality Assurance systems You […]

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Opinion

Message on Summer 2020 from Alps

As there will be no Performance Tables based on 2020 outcomes, we want to assure you that we will work with you to ensure that you are able to set young people aspirational minimum expected grades and assess value-added progress against national data to enable further school or college improvement in the years ahead.

Briefing Papers

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Briefing Paper

GCSE naming convention in Alps analysis

The way in which your GCSE subjects appear in Connect Interactive and in PDF Reports has changed slightly. This change has been instigated to enable Welsh schools to enter analysis for the 9-1 subjects for that are available to them.

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Briefing Paper

In-year monitoring in Connect Interactive – a summary of key features

Whether you are adding predicted grades, working at grades or mock examination results, Connect Interactive will provide you and your staff with instantaneous analysis of each set of data.

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Briefing Paper

A Game of 2 Halves – are you making the most of your Connect Interactive Subscription?

Connect Interactive is a powerful tool that empowers teachers to understand their own data in order to improve the progress of their students.

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Briefing Paper

Using the High/Middle/Low prior attainment comparison

The high, middle and low filter is available across all key stages and qualification types.

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Briefing Paper

A guide to subject review in Connect Interactive

This short paper details how you might use your Alps analysis with staff to complete subject or course reviews.

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Briefing Paper

Establishing a monitoring point in September – the MPZ

This paper is designed to give you a few practical tips on how Connect Interactive can support you in quickly identifying your strengths and weaknesses at a strategic, subject and student level at the beginning of the year.

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Briefing Paper

Using Alps to set aspirational targets with students

The ethos of driving an Alps culture in schools and colleges begins by encouraging staff and students to be aspirational. Find out more with this target setting briefing paper.

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Briefing Paper

Benchmark Update – BTEC England (KS5, New Minimum Expected Grades 2019-20)

Headline information about the new Minimum Expected Grades
that have been generated from the new benchmarks for BTEC England.

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Briefing Paper

Benchmark Update – England (KS4, New Minimum Expected Grades 2019-20)

Headline information about the new Minimum Expected Grades
that have been generated from the new benchmarks for KS4 England.

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Briefing Paper

Benchmark Update – England (KS5, New Minimum Expected Grades 2019-20)

Headline information about the new Minimum Expected Grades
that have been generated from the new benchmarks for KS5 England.

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Briefing Paper

Planning for the year ahead – Embedding an Alps culture

This paper presents an overview of the ways in which Alps can support you in setting up those quality assurance cycles focused on student progress

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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.

Case Studies

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Case Study

Using Alps to develop a school improvement strategy

Using Alps has been part of a whole school improvement strategy to use data effectively with the aim of bringing about an improvement in outcomes.

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Case Study

Using Alps to Support a Relentless Focus on Aspiration

Pupils themselves do not aspire to meet a threshold or a performance indicator, they talk about achieving the best grades they can, so it makes sense for us as teachers to be doing the same thing.

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Case Study

Sustaining high achievement using Alps

Our drive has been based on smart multi-dimensional and accessible data with succinct but impactful analysis.

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Achieving outstanding outcomes across two key stages

Alps Connect Interactive allowed us to have a clear and universal language to analyse and interrogate predicted and actual grades.  At leadership level, the Alps report also provided an analysis of key groups and a teaching and learning grade that would inspire further discussion and action.

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Case Study

Exceeding expectations with Alps analysis and Connect Interactive at Jumeirah College

Alps data and reports can be generated instantly at any time of the year – giving constant diagnosis of anticipated results. Connect Interactive has undoubtedly enabled teachers to have an even closer focus on individual students.

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Case Study

Alps analysis, a common language for all at Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School

The biggest strength of using Alps was the common language being used. If one member of staff was using ‘Red 3’ in a discussion, everyone knew what that meant.

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Case Study

Using Alps for marginal gains to sustain improvements

The speed of publication of the Alps report in August enables us to immediately identify areas of success or concern for both subject areas and student subgroups. The simplicity of the data presentation allows all stakeholders at Purbeck School to participate in the quality assurance discussion.

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Case Study

Using Alps Connect Interactive to ensure all students make outstanding progress

Alps Connect Interactive has become everyday practice at Penistone Grammar School; it is part of our language. We would highly recommend the use of Connect Interactive as a diagnostic tool to drive continuous improvement for all students.

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Case Study

Achieving outstanding academic success with Alps analysis

“We believe that the ability to monitor our students using data provided by Alps, helped us to achieve our best ever A Level results.” – Cowbridge Comprehensive School

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Case Study

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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Case Study

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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