Pressure from schools forces government to rethink Progress 8

The TES is reporting…

Headteachers fear that a school’s overall score on crucial accountability measure can be distorted by a handful of pupils.

A growing number of heads have raised fears about how much a school’s overall score on the crucial measure can be distorted by poor performance from a handful of pupils. And their concerns have been backed up by research.

Now multiple sources have said that the Department for Education is responding by considering changes to the rules around Progress 8 (P8), possibly to limit the impact that an individual pupil can have on a school’s score.

Meanwhile, the Association of School and College Leaders’ deputy policy director, Duncan Baldwin, revealed that the association was “deeply concerned about the issue”, but said it had elicited a positive reaction when it “challenged the DfE to respond”.

“I know they are looking at how to address it,” he told TES. “They do recognise that it is a serious problem.”

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