What are Progress 8 and Attainment 8?
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 are two measures that schools will be judged against from 2016.
They are designed to encourage schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS4.
Progress 8 is based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects:
- Three other English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects (sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages)
- Three further subjects, which can be from the range of EBacc subjects, or can be any other
GCSE or approved, high-value arts, academic, or vocational qualification. For a list of approved qualifications see here
Attainment 8 is the students’ average achievement across these eight subjects.
From 2016, the floor standard will be based on schools’ results on the Progress 8 measure.
Although Progress 8/Attainment 8 are intended to encourage students to take eight qualifications, this is not compulsory. If a student has fewer than eight qualifications or the qualifications they do sit are not on the list of subjects which count towards Progress 8/Attainment 8, they will score 0 points for the unfilled slots.