Respond now to DfE's GCSE reforms
25 March 2013
ASE will be responding to the Department for Education consultation on the secondary school accountability. The Department is proposing changes to the existing secondary school performance measures, which will reflect the significant reforms to GCSEs. These proposed changes include:
- Publishing a measure showing the percentage of pupils achieving a ‘pass’ in English and mathematics. This measure should be part of the floor standard.
- Publishing an ‘average point score 8’ measure. It should have one slot reserved for each of English and mathematics; and three slots reserved for other EBacc subjects: sciences, computer science, geography, history and languages. The remaining three slots could be taken up by further qualifications from the range of EBacc subjects, or any other high value arts, academic, or vocational qualifications (as set out on the Department’s list of vocational qualifications approved for inclusion in performance tables).
- That the key progress measure should be based on these eight qualifications, and calculated using a Value Added method, using end of Key Stage 2 results in English and mathematics as a baseline. This progress measure should be part of the floor standard.
- That schools should have to meet a set standard on both the threshold and progress measure to be above the floor.
- The introduction of sample tests in Key Stage 4 to track national standards over time.
As with all formal consultation responses from ASE, this response will be informed by the views and experiences of our members.
Based on the questions within the consultation, please email all comments to email@example.com by Monday 15 April.
Comments through the ASE Forum are also very welcome.
Visit the DfE website to view the full consultation.