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KS5 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 a full suite of self-evaluation subject 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 subject reports emphasise this with a line separating the 2021 results from the 2018-2020 test outcomes. 

Analysing your results – all subjects

  • How does attainment and progress compare to the national average across all subjects?
  • Is there any variation against key measures across all subjects?

Analysing your results – individual subjects

  • Do pupils in my subject make more or less progress than pupils with similar prior attainment?
  • 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 of the subject report to identify the potential impact of these factors.
  • Use the pupils report to identify any outliers.

Use of colour in the reports

Green is used to show where the performance of the subject is significantly above the national average, with red indicating performance that is significantly below the national average.


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

Around 700 schools took part in the KS5 results service, uploading results for nearly 62,000 pupils. For subject attainment and progress figures, we’ve taken the data supplied by these schools. The figures only include state-funded schools.

How have you calculated progress from KS4 to KS5?

The FFT Key Stage 5 Value Added model compares students’ Key Stage 5 attainment with that of other Key Stage 5 students nationally with similar Key Stage 4 starting points. The progress model uses the following as inputs to define similar pupils: Key Stage 4 APS, number of A*-A / 9-7 GCSE passes, attainment in the same/similar subject at KS4, (where available), gender and month of birth. Where values are positive, KS4-5 progress at the school is higher than for similar pupils nationally. A negative value means the opposite. Progress is only calculated for ‘matched pupils’ (those with KS4 prior attainment).

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

Updated on 5th October 2021

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