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Connect Data Update

IMPORTANT! Connect Data, the way that you upload you data to Alps, has been updated to be easier and more intuitive to use, click here for more information.

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Scaled scores for monitoring Year 10 in September

Our system now allows you to input your scaled scores for the incoming Year 10’s in September 2019 to enable monitoring and tracking in Connect Interactive, click here for more information.

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New Benchmarks – Monitoring 2019/20 (England)

Information about the new benchmarks and Minimum Expected Grades for KS5 monitoring in England for 2019-20. These will be different to End of Year benchmarks, reflecting the GCSE scoring changes working through the system.

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New Benchmarks – 2019 End of Year

Information about the new benchmarks for our 2019 analysis, calculated using the full national dataset from the Department for Education.

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Important updates coming to Connect Data

Important information about the future of Connect Data and upcoming features.

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New Connect Interactive Features

We have released a few important updates to Connect Interactive to help you get even more out of your analysis.

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New Connect Data Features

We are working with colleagues in schools and colleges to improve the Connect Data experience – these are some of the updates so far.

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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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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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KS4 Wales 2018/19 Introductory Offer

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

Opinions

Opinion

Are you asking the right questions about your data?

Sue Macgregor, Director of Education here at Alps, has had the article below recently featured in a Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) publication discussing the importance of asking the right questions about data analysis and the quality assurance questions that might arise from data analysis.

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The Change in KS5 Prior Attainment 2019/20 – England

We have made an important change to how we calculate the prior attainment for any student starting Level 3 courses in September 2019.

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Opinion

Are You Ready for the Reckoning?

How might you account for any differences between your Alps VA and the Performance Tables VA (L3VA)? Alps benchmarks progress against the previous year’s DfE national data, so that schools and colleges can obtain their VA analysis when they need it – around Results Day each August. In contrast, the L3VA / Performance Tables use current year’s data, which may account for minor differences between the two analyses.

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Opinion

Maximising student progress from mocks to the summer at KS4

At this time of the year you will be focusing on key priorities you might establish to raise student progress post mocks. The only way to raise your Progress 8 is to improve student outcomes. Your main focus must be to raise subject outcomes through improving the performance of specific targeted students.

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Opinion

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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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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Opinion

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.

Briefing Papers

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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 – Wales (KS5 & KS4, A level, AS level and BTEC)

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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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