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GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO GCSE RESULTS TRACKING

GCSE Results Day

The Government has made significant changes to the ways in which we interpret our GCSE results. In previous years, schools were judged on the percentage of students who achieved 5 or more GCSE grades at Grades A*-C, including English and Maths.
However, a key new measure is known as Progress 8 – the results of every student at every grade in a larger number of students will count. Progress 8 is based upon 8 pre-determined GCSE grades for each student. The 8 “buckets” are:
Maths (this counts twice)
The highest of either English Language or English Literature (this counts twice)
An EBacc subject (Science, Computer Science, History, Geography, Languages)
A second EBacc subject
A third EBacc subject
An additional highest performing subject from a Department of Education approved list
An additional second highest performing subject from a Department of Education approved list
An additional third highest performing subject from a Department of Education approved list

The Progress 8 score for each school is the average of the students’ scores; this is then compared with the progress made by other GCSE students in the same year. Obviously, on Results Day, a school cannot know what the national average is and it then becomes impossible to record and share an accurate Progress 8 score. Hence the EIP (Education Improvement Partnership in Leicester City) and the Leicestershire Secondary Headteachers Association has decided that it is not appropriate – and is potentially misleading – to share unvalidated data at this point.

Final and official results will be published by the DFE in January. A school’s score for Attainment 8 (the average of the 8 buckets) will also be made available then – schools have declined to share this information at this point.

 

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With thanks to Judgemeadow Community College for information provided.