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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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