Performance tables

Updates

New performance tables

Performance measures at Key Stage 4 are being reformed. The new accountability system will start from summer 2016 and results will be published for the first time in January 2017.

What are the changes to performance tables?

  • four key measures will need to be published by schools on their website in a standard format:
    • students' progress across eight subjects between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. This will show how they have performed and the average of all students' progress will create the school's result. This will be called the Progress 8 measure
      • the school's average grade across the same suite of eight subjects. This will be called the Attainment 8 measure
      • the percentage of students achieving a C grade or higher in English and Maths
      • the percentage of students gaining the EBacc, which will continue in its current form
    • only the first entry in each subject counts in the measures.
    • there will be a new floor standard which is half a grade below expected Progress 8 average.
    • the Department for Education is considering a destination measure to show the percentage of students who move on to further study and employment (including further training) during the year after they finish their Key Stage 4 qualifications
    • approved equivalent qualifications will be included (these are still to be confirmed).

    What is Attainment 8?

    • Attainment 8 will measure a school's average grade across the same suite of eight subjects
    • grades will be converted into points (the scale is still to be decided but for 2016 it is proposed that A* gets 8 points and G gets 1 point.)
    • the split of the eight subjects is as below:

    Core (x2)

    EBacc (x3)

    Other (x3)

    English Language or Literature* (20%)

    EBacc 1 (10%)

    Other 1 (10%)

    Maths (20%)

    EBacc 2 (10%)

    Other 2 (10%)

     

    EBacc 3 (10%)

    Other 3 (10%)

    In June 2016 the GCSE English (4700) qualification will still exist and can count in the English slot, even if separate literature or language qualifications aren't taken.

    For this part of the measure, a school can choose the best 3 of the following subjects:

    Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined science**, Computer Science, History, Geography, Languages.

    For this part of the measure, a school can choose the best 3 of the following subjects:

    English Literature or English Language, Other EBacc subjects, Approved non-EBacc subjects.

    * English Language and Literature

    • The best of English Language and English Literature will be double weighted, provided a pupil has taken both qualifications.
    • The second best score of English Literature and English Language can be counted in the 'other' group of subjects, if it is one of the pupil's highest scores in this group.

    ** Combined Science counts for 2 of the 3 EBacc slots

    How is Attainment 8 calculated?

    Each qualification is awarded a point (6 qualifications), English and Maths are counted twice (4 qualifications) so you divide by 10 for the average grade.

    What is Progress 8?

    Progress 8 measures students' progress across eight key subjects between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.

    How is Progress 8 calculated?

    • first, each pupil's expected Attainment 8 needs to be calculated
    • then you can calculate each pupil's Progress 8:
      • Progress 8 = actual Attainment 8 minus expected Attainment 8
      • Presented as average number of grades above/below expectation
      • so a positive Progress 8 score shows more progress than expected
      • the school average Progress 8 is then calculated. These will be presented in the same way, from all schools.

    Here's an example:

    • a student's expected attainment (given their Key Stage 2 prior attainment) is 4 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs
    • student's actual attainment is 8 grade Bs
    • student has achieved on average half a grade higher than expectation (as they achieved a total of 4 grades higher across 8 subjects)
    • so student's Progress 8 is 0.5.

    Changes to the current performance measures

    • In the 2016 performance measures English Literature will be equal to English Language. This means that:
      • in the measure showing the percentage of pupils achieving a C grade or better in English and Maths, a pupil would have to achieve a C in either English Literature or English Language to satisfy the English requirement (in 2016, a C in Combined English would be sufficient)
      • in the EBacc measure, a pupil must study both English Language and English Literature, and achieve a C grade or better in at least one of these qualifications, to satisfy the English requirement (in 2016, a C in Combined English would be sufficient).

    Subjects in the 2016 performance measures

    You can see all of the qualifications included in the 2016 performance measures on the Department for Education website.

Changes to discount codes

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced changes to the discount (classification) codes for qualifications that will count in the 2014 Key Stage 4 Performance tables. The revised codes and guidance are published on the RAISEonline website.

Please note that there are two different discount codes, one for KS4 and one for post 16.  For the 2014, 2015 and 2016 performance tables both these sets of discount codes will be valid. The codes that will continue to apply post 16 and apply to the school census learning aims data are the old ones.

Key information

  • Some qualifications that previously had different discount codes now have the same code, so only one of them will count in the performance measures.
  • Human Health and Physiology now has a different code from Biology, so both count.
  • The qualifications affected are grouped together to help you identify these changes in the table below.

Who to contact

We have been contacted by some schools and colleges who are concerned about the changes and we have raised their concerns directly with the DfE. It has advised us that it had to make these changes because of the timescales for the Key Stage 4 reforms and it understands that some schools will be adversely affected by these changes. It will be providing further information about the rationale for the changes soon, however you can contact the DfE directly at attainment.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk if you wish to discuss the changes. We will continue to keep you informed about changes to performance measures.

New discount codes

AQA qualification 2014 discount code Current discount code

AQA–City & Guilds Level 1 Principal Learning in Business, Administration and Finance

AA3

AA

AQA–City & Guilds Level 2 Principal Learning in Business, Administration and Finance

AA3

AA

GCSE Applied Business (Double Award)

AA3

0002

GCSE Business and Communication Systems

AA3

7460

GCSE Business Studies

AA3

3210

AS Applied Business

AA3

0002

AS Applied Business (Double Award)

AA3

0002

AS Business Studies

AA3

3210

GCSE Art and Design

JA2

3510

GCSE Art and Design (Fine Art)

JA2

3690

GCSE Art and Design (Graphic Communication)

JA2

3550

GCSE Art and Design (Textile Design)

JA2

3650

GCSE Art and Design (3D Design)

JA2

3670

GCSE Art and Design (Photography)

JA2

3570

GCSE Art and Design (Applied)

JA2

0001

AS Applied Art and Design

JA2

0001

AS Applied Art and Design (Double Award)

JA2

0001

AS Art and Design

JA2

3510

AS Art and Design (Fine Art)

JA2

3690

AS Art and Design (Graphic Communication)

JA2

3550

AS Art and Design (Textile Design)

JA2

3650

AS Art and Design (3D Design)

JA2

3670

AS Art and Design (Photography)

JA2

3570

AQA–City & Guilds Level 1 Principal Learning in Engineering

XA1

XA

AQA–City & Guilds Level 2 Principal Learning in Engineering

XA1

XA

GCSE Engineering

XA1

0009

GCSE Engineering (Double Award)

XA1

0009

Level 1/2 Certificate in English Language

FK2B

5030

GCSE English

FK2A

5010

GCSE English Language

FK2B

5030

AS English Language A

FK2B

5030

AS English Language and Literature A

FK2A

5010

AS English Language and Literature B

FK2A

5010

AS English Language B

FK2B

5030

GCSE Dance

LB1

7230

GCSE Drama

LC11

5210

GCSE Expressive Arts

LC11

5330

GCSE Performing Arts

LC11

0015

GCSE Performing Arts (Double Award)

LC11

0015

AS Dance

LB1

7230

AS Drama and Theatre Studies

LC11

5210

GCSE Additional Applied Science

RA14

0028

AS Applied Science

RA14

0008

AS Applied Science (Double Award)

RA14

0008

GCSE Biology

RH3

1010

GCSE Human Health and Physiology

RH41

1010

AS Biology

RH3

1010

AQA–City & Guilds Level 1 Principal Learning in Travel and Tourism

NK1

NK

AQA–City & Guilds Level 2 Principal Learning in Travel and Tourism

NK1

NK

GCSE Leisure and Tourism

NK1

0004

GCSE Leisure and Tourism (Double Award)

NK1

0004

AS Leisure Studies (Single Award)

NK1

0016

AS Travel and Tourism (Single Award)

NK1

0017

GCSE Statistics

RB71

2510

AS Statistics

RB71

2260

English Bacc subjects

English Baccalaureate subjects and performance tables 

At a glance:

  • applied GCSEs do not count in the English Bacc but are included in other KS4 performance measures such as 5+A*–C including English and Maths and will do so in 2014
  • no decision has been made on content of Performance Tables beyond 2014.