Warning! Treat new Progress 8 league tables with caution...

"Teething problems” with the progress-based school performance tables mean that commentators, parents and others must treat the new-look information with caution, it was warned this week.

This year’s secondary school performance tables are the first to be published based mainly on pupil progress rather than just raw attainment data and they look notably different to previous years – including the use of negative and positive scores.

The Department for Education has published a wealth of information, including school’s key stage 4 scores for Progress 8, Attainment 8, and the English Baccalaureate.

Attainment 8 is a more familiar attainment measure based on pupils’ performance across eight subjects including English and maths. This is expressed as a score out of 80, with this year’s national average being 49.9 (girls scored 52.3 and boys 47.7).

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