School and college performance measures

Trying to work out how your schools’ performance is measured can be confusing. Here is some guidance to help you better understand the processes involved

The guidance provided by the government explains the data in the school and college performance tables.

It is mainly for:

  • school and college staff, leaders and governing bodies;
  • parents;
  • other stakeholders interested in educational outcomes;
  • the ready-reckoners and transition matrices can be used by schools and colleges to calculate school, college and pupil progress scores.

You can also find performance data, supporting documents, ready-reckoners and transition matrices from previous years here.

Understanding school and college performances 

This guide explains how the government use data in the school performance tables to compare the performance of schools and colleges with one another over time as well as to national averages. It also covers factors that can affect data in the school performance tables.

The guide will be useful to:

  • parents, to compare their child’s performance and achievements to others in the school, college, local authority or England as a whole;
  • school governors, to improve school performance;
  • those in the Department for Education (DfE) or a government body, monitoring educational standards in England;
  • those in Ofsted, assessing school or college standards;
  • those in Ofqual, looking for evidence as part of a review to set and maintain standards;
  • local authorities looking for evidence to hold schools to account;
  • schools which are looking for data to evaluate school performance against national standards or to carry out analysis or self-evaluation;
  • researchers analysing school data results.

Key stage 2 performance measures

This guidance will help you understand the measures the government use to assess primary school performance at key stage 2. Schools can use the ready-reckoners to calculate school and pupil progress scores.

Key stage 4 performance measures

This guidance will help you understand the measures the government use to assess secondary school performance at key stage 4. It includes how each measure is calculated and how qualifications count in secondary school performance measures. Schools can use the ready-reckoners to calculate school and pupil progress scores.

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16 to 18 performance measures

This guidance will help you understand the measures the government use to assess school and college performance for 16 to 18 students and the points awarded for qualifications. Schools and colleges can use the ready-reckoners to calculate individual progress scores.

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