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Preparing for ‘Progress 8’

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The new Progress 8 performance measure is on its way, bringing with it new benchmarks, floor standards and new challenges for schools. Ben Solly looks at what we know so far.

Throughout the tenure of the current government, many educational reforms introduced by the secretary of state for education have not always been well-received within the teaching profession.

However, the proposed introduction of the Progress 8 accountability measure from 2016 appears to have created a general consensus of approval from school leaders, following clarifications issued by the Department for Education (DfE) in recent weeks. 

Progress 8 is one measure that schools will be judged against from 2016 and is one of a suite of four proposed indicators for school performance.

Also included within this new suite of performance measures are an Attainment 8 measure, the EBacc measure, and a more traditional threshold measure showing the percentage of pupils achieving A* to C in English and maths.

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