With the introduction of Progress 8 and Attainment 8, the British educational system is undergoing enormous change – the old ways of assessing students and schools have been replaced with a radically different system. SAM Learning has put the introduction of the Progress 8 at the centre of what we do, and we want to be able to help your school adjust to the changes the new assessment measure will bring, aiding you in the development of a Progress 8 strategy. Find out more…

But what is Progress 8?

Progress 8 is the new secondary accountability measure and headline figure on which schools will be judged from this September. It is aimed at gauging the progress of pupils across a selected set of 8 subjects by comparing a pupils’ results to the actual achievements of other pupils with the same prior KS2 attainment. Performance will be based on a point score scale – 1 (G) to 8/9 (A*) – with a students points points across 8 subjects added together and divided by ten twice, resulting in their Attainment 8 score. This score is then subtracted from their estimated Attainment 8 score, based upon the national Attainment 8 score of all students with comparable KS2 performance, and this is their Progress 8 score.

Adjusting to the introduction of Progress 8 will require schools have a thorough strategy in place to ensure success. One of the primary aims of Progress 8 is to move away from a system that rewards schools simply for achieving a high percentage of ‘5 good GCSEs’. This system lead schools to focus their attention on students on the C/D grade boundary, while those above coasted and those below were largely forgotten about: now the progress of all students will be central to judging a school’s performance. Find out how we can help.

This is where SAM can help.

Independent research by the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) has shown that using SAM Learning for just ten hours a year – an equivalent of two activities a week – allows students to achieve an average of two GCSE grades higher than expected, with disadvantaged students achieving an average of 3.5 GCSE grades better than expected. To translate this in terms of Progress 8, this would mean a Progress 8 score of +0.20 for all students, and of +0.35 for disadvantaged students in particular. Book a 15 web demo from SAM.