DfE publishes new guidance on primary accountability
February 2, 2016
The Department for Education (DfE) has published new guidance detailing arrangements for primary school accountability in 2016. This is the first year that schools will be assessed against the new national curriculum, and this year’s performance tables will include new headline attainment and progress measures, as well as a new floor standard. The new headline performance measures will be:
the percentage of pupils achieving the ‘expected standard’ in English reading, English writing and mathematics at the end of key stage 2
pupils’ average scaled score in English reading and maths at the end of key stage 2
the percentage of pupils who achieve at a high standard in English reading, English writing and mathematics
pupils’ average progress in English reading, English writing and maths.
Following the removal of national curriculum levels, progress will be a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the actual achievements of other pupils nationally with similar prior attainment. The guidance provides further detail on how this is calculated, and also how to interpret a school’s progress score.
A school will be above the new floor standard if:
at least 65% of pupils meet the expected standard in English reading, English writing and mathematics; or
the school achieves sufficient progress scores in all of English reading and English writing and mathematics.
The floor standard will not apply to infant schools, special schools, independent schools, pupil referral units, alternative provision or hospital schools.
Governing boards should be monitoring and challenging the attainment and progress of pupils in their school: