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KS4 2021 self-evaluation guidance

2021 self-evaluation reports have been calculated using the results submitted by schools as part of the FFT Results Service. In line with the latest government guidance, schools were asked to provide Centre Assessed Grades based on a range of evidence.


FFT has used the data provided as part of this year’s results service to produce the usual, full suite of self-evaluation reports for participating schools. 

As has been stressed throughout the process, please use caution when comparing this year’s results to outcomes from previous years.

The reports emphasise this with a line separating the 2021 results from the 2018-2020 test outcomes. 

Analysing your results

Do pupils in my school make more or less progress than pupils with similar prior attainment from KS2?

  • How does attainment and progress compare to the national average?
  • Gender, prior attainment and disadvantage can have a significant impact on your results. Use the pupil groups section to identify the potential impact of these factors.
  • Use the scatterplots to identify pupil outliers.
  • What about subject variation?

Use of colour in the reports

Green is used to show where the school’s performance is significantly above the national average, with red indicating performance that is significantly below the national average.


How have the national figures been calculated and are they ‘accurate’?

Over 1,700 schools took part in the KS4 full results service, uploading results for almost 300,000 pupils. For national attainment figures, we’ve taken the data supplied by these schools. The national figures only include state-funded schools.

How have you calculated progress from KS2-KS4?

Progress compares the attainment of pupils in the school with the attainment of ‘similar pupils’ nationally. The similar pupils’ attainment becomes an estimate of performance. The ‘similar pupils’ calculation is based on KS2 prior attainment, gender and month of birth. The difference between the school’s attainment and the estimate is progress, which can be a positive, negative or a neutral value. Progress is only calculated for ‘matched pupils’; those with KS2 prior attainment.

Please remember that the data is for internal use only and is NOT intended to be used for external accountability.

Updated on 21st September 2021

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