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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. KS1 and KS2 are shown below:

KS1 levelsLevelThresholds
(Low) Red1<12
(Medium) Amber2<=12 to <17
(High) Green3>=18
KS2 levelsLevelThresholds
(Low) Red<=3<24
(Medium) Amber4<=24 to <30
(High) Green>=5 >=30
Updated on 29th October 2019

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