Attainment 8

Attainment 8 measures a student's average grade across eight subjects – the same subjects that count for Progress 8. This new measure is designed to encourage schools to offer a broad, well-balanced curriculum.

The eight subjects fit into three groups:

  1. English and Maths. These are "double-weighted" – they count twice. There are rules around how Maths and English qualifications are added to this group and how to count them: see DfE's Progress 8 page.
  2. EBacc. These are the highest scores from the sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages.
  3. Open group. Any remaining GCSEs and other approved academic, arts or vocational qualifications.

Calculating Attainment 8

For a student, you add up their points for their eight subjects and divide by 10 to get their Attainment 8 score. The school's Attainment 8 score is the average of all students' scores. Students don't have to take eight subjects, but they score zero for any unfilled slots.

Once a reform GCSE is awarded, that's the only GCSE or equivalent qualification for that subject that can count in the tables.

If a student takes an AS and a GCSE in the same subject, the AS points will always discount the GCSE points. 

There's more detail in our video (video transcript), and DfE's performance tables document.

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Points

Grade

2016 points

2017 and 2018 points

G

1

1

F

2

1.5

E

3

2

D

4

3

C

5

4

B

6

5.5

A

7

7

A*

8

8.5

Example

Qualification

Grade

Points

Included?

Group it's counted in

Doubled?

Total points

GCSE Maths

A

7

Yes

English and Maths

Yes

14

GCSE English Language

A*

8

Yes

English and Maths

Yes

16

GCSE English Literature

B

6

Yes

Open group

No

6

GCSE Additional Science

B

6

Yes

EBacc

No

6

GCSE Art

C

5

Yes

Open group

No

5

GCSE Core Science

A

7

Yes

EBacc

No

7

GCSE French

C

5

Yes

Open group

No

5

GCSE Spanish

B

6

Yes

EBacc

No

6

GCSE Religious Studies

D

4

No – 8 slots filled

   

The total is 65, and we divide by 10 to get the Attainment 8 score: 6.5.