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Progress 8 can be complicated and confusing. Get up to speed with what it is and what's included in it so you can understand your school's performance data.

Is this article for me?

Most governors don't need to understand performance data in great detail in order to carry out their roles, so read our governor's guide to learn the basics.

However, some governors really do need to know about performance data in more detail. This article is for you if you're a governor in a secondary school and you're:

  • Already a data specialist who just needs to know more about school performance data specifically
  • On a committee focused on performance data, like teaching and learning or standards
  • A link governor who needs to know about the performance data to monitor your area effectively 

First, if you're still not clear about the difference between attainment and progress, read our article before moving on.

Use our glossary to help you navigate performance data jargon. 

It measures students’ performance across 8 qualifications in order to see how students in one school have progressed in