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Understanding UK School League Tables

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Secondary schools in the UK are ranked into league tables by the Government Department for Education so that prospective parents can see how well each school performs in comparison to others. These rankings are determined based on a combination of actual GCSE scores achieved and how far pupils have progressed since the end of primary school.

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Understanding UK School League Tables

  1. 1. UK School League Tables EXPLAINED Sir Peter Birkett
  2. 2. Secondary schools in the UK are ranked into league tables by the Government Department for Education so that prospective parents can see how well each school performs in comparison to others. These rankings are determined based on a combination of actual GCSE scores achieved and how far pupils have progressed since the end of primary school.
  3. 3. Progress 8 This measurement is known as Pro- gress 8 and charts the progress of all students across their eight best subjects, to give a broad view of how well pupils are succeeding on average. The formula for calculating this is fairly complicated, but the re- sult is a statistical and detailed look at the progress of children through- out the school. Bandings The score that each school achieves will typically fall between -1 and 1, but parents are presented with re- sults in a banding system that is easier to understand. Schools fall into one of five categories: average, above or below average, and well above or well below average. This makes it simple for parents to see how well their child’s prospective school performs when compared with other schools. “Schools fall into one of five categories: average, above or below average, and well above or well below average.
  4. 4. You can learn about the work of p5e to help under- performing schools achieve more by visiting the blog of Sir Peter Birkett.

Secondary schools in the UK are ranked into league tables by the Government Department for Education so that prospective parents can see how well each school performs in comparison to others. These rankings are determined based on a combination of actual GCSE scores achieved and how far pupils have progressed since the end of primary school.

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