News

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Updates
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KS5 Prior Attainment calculation check for England from September 2019

We made an important change to how we calculate the prior attainment for all students following Level 3 courses from September 2019 onwards. This will affect your current Year 12 AND Year 13 students.

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Connect, Updates
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Alps Benchmark Briefing Papers – 2020/21

Updated Alps benchmarks for 2020/21. The main news is that there will be no big changes to your analysis.

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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
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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

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.

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Opinion

The benefits of analysing your mocks grades in Connect Interactive

At this time of the year you are likely to have a set of mock examination results for your Year 11 and 13 students. There are numerous reasons as to why we schedule mock examinations for our key year groups. Whatever yours are, your teaching staff should have carefully prepared the papers, prepared their students […]

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Opinion

Using the Banded by Ability (BBA) table to set strategic priorities in the Sixth Form.

As the Principal of a large Sixth Form College with over 1,200 A Level and vocational students each year, it was important that I understood detail, including the strengths and weaknesses of every aspect of our curriculum, and just as importantly, the outcomes and needs of every ‘group’ of students we served. This would mean […]

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Opinion

The importance of monitoring In Connect Interactive

For me, the real power of Connect Interactive is the ability to analyse multiple monitoring points throughout the year. Adding monitoring data is simple. Just decide on the type of data you want to analyse, for example you can add current working at grades, teacher predicted grades and mock examination grades, then extract the grades from your MIS and import into Connect Interactive.

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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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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.

Briefing Papers

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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.

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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

Sustaining high achievement using Alps

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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Case Study

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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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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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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