A Guidance Note for Parents and Carers
Progress results are calculated using the data of a specific cohort of pupils. A school may have been just as effective as previous years, but may have performed differently with a different set of pupils.
Broadly speaking, there are three conclusions that can be drawn about school progress scores. A school is either
- statistically significantly above average
- statistically significantly below average
- not statistically significantly different to average
- well above average
- above average
- below average
- well below average
Wider confidence intervals reflect the fact that performance of a small number of pupils taking the key stage 2 tests can have a disproportionate effect on the school's overall results. A smaller school can have lower progress results and still be 'average' and a larger school can have higher progress scores and be described as 'below average' on the DfE table.
School Performance Table (DfE website) (click here)