New 2016 BTEC benchmarks and Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs)

15th October 2018

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 data becomes available, we will be able to review the benchmarks, ready for the 2019 reports.

Across the last 2 years, the only option available for target setting of the 2016 suite was to use the Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs) based on the old 2010 BTEC suite. Whilst we suspected that these may be a bit high, it was better to be ambitious rather than reduce the MEGs with no evidence to on which to base the size of any reduction.

The MEGs for all the new BTECs can be found in the BTEC section of the Alps guide (this replaces the section that used to exist in the front of each report). You can find the Alps guide by clicking on the Downloads tile in the resources section of your Connect Homepage.

As most teachers and leaders predicted, the MEGs for the 2016 BTECs are lower than those for the 2010 BTECs. There is not a uniform reduction across all the Alps bands and the MEGs for the 5 new BTEC qualifications types do vary, so it is not possible to say that ‘all the MEGS have reduced by a certain amount’.

Should I change the MEGs already given to students?

Please do look at our tables in the updated version of the Alps guide for your particular types of BTECs or Cambridge Technicals. The approach to the use of MEGs for target setting purposes will vary between schools and colleges. For consistency, some will keep the existing targets for all students – after all not every MEG has changed by a whole grade and they have always been aspirational. Some leaders will wish to take a student by student approach and make some adjustments if they think it is in the student’s best interest.

Please also remember that any judgements in the 2019 Alps BTEC report will be made against the full DfE 2016 BTEC data for summer 2018 and not against any target grades that may have been given to current students during their courses.

If you have any questions about this, we would be delighted to hear from you, by email – support@alps.education or telephone on 01484 887600.

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