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Higher middle lower (HML) bands

FFT’s HML bands for target setting differ to the Department for Education fixed thresholds in that FFT rank all pupils within a cohort based on the full range of available prior attainment data, (test and teacher assessment), and then break the ranks into exact thirds. This has the effect of defining a pupil’s performance relative to all pupils in the same year group; whereas the DfE method defines the general make up of a year group comparative to the other year groups based on fixed thresholds.

However, the HML bands for self-evaluation, FFT has adopted the Department for Education’s calculations.

Updated on 10th January 2020

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