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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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Alps – As valuable as ever for 2020/21

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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