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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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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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Issues for Success in a Sixth Form

During training sessions and conferences we are often asked about strategies that really make a difference in improving outcomes for students. Working with many successful schools and colleges gives Alps consultants a unique insight into strategies that consistently deliver outstanding progress. The following questions have been framed to help providers audit and compare their provision […]

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How clear is your crystal ball?

The accuracy of teachers’ predicted grades is most important for the student. Unless teachers use their professional judgement to help students understand where they currently are, and more importantly what they need to do to get to where they want to be, students will not be able to fulfil their ambitions in their post 16 […]

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Are ‘staff predicted grades’ an art?

Staff are regularly asked to predict grades for students both at KS4 and KS5. Intervention and mid-year school improvement plans are all based around these grades. But how confident are you that the grades predicted by staff are accurate – in fact how do you define ‘accuracy’ in this context? ‘What should the predicted grades […]

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Alps Minimum Target Grades

Alps minimum target grades are aspirational; in order to achieve them students need to match the performance of students in the top 25% of providers nationally. The full national dataset at AS/A level and BTEC is used to identify the results being achieved by students of differing prior attainment in the top 25% of schools […]

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Planning for the year with Alps

One of the most important elements for any successful organisation is forward planning. In educational terms, this means looking towards the next academic cycle – while still striving towards excellence in the current one. Schools and colleges who use Alps find that our system follows this academic cycle closely, with key points in the year […]

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Getting your Head round the L3VA

Firstly, as ‘Progress’ is now the key performance table measure post-16 as well as in KS4 the L3VA is clearly a document that your Head does need to understand! However, let’s not get fooled into thinking that the purpose of the L3VA is to facilitate school / sixth form improvement. As even the unvalidated version […]

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