New guidance on primary accountability

03 February 2016

In January 2016 the DfE published a technical guide to some of the key changes to the primary school accountability system. This included the following key information:

• The primary school progress measure in 2016 (one of two headline accountability measures) will be based on the progress children make between the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assessments in reading, writing and maths. A school’s performance against the new progress measure will be judged against that of other schools with similar starting points (i.e. Key Stage 1 results). The guide includes detailed information on exactly how the progress score will be calculated.
• As expected, a primary school will be above the new floor standard if

 - at least 65 per cent of pupils meet the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, or

 - the school achieves sufficient progress scores in all of reading, writing and maths

• What classes as ‘sufficient progress’ will be confirmed once the first cohort of children has taken the revised SATs in the summer term.

ASCL Primary Leadership Specialist Julie McCulloch is in regular conversation with the DfE’s accountability team about these changing measures. Please email julie.mcculloch@ascl.org.uk with any questions or concerns.