Pupil progress & attainment

  • A governor's guide to attainment and progress
    When it comes to measuring pupil performance, it's easy to confuse 'attainment' and 'progress'. You'll usually hear them mentioned together but they're not interchangeable. Understand the difference between the 2 with our guide.
  • Assessment for pupils with SEN
    Read the basics about assessment for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) on 1 page. You can also download this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
  • EYFS framework and profile: summary
    Understand everything you need to know about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework and profile so you’re clued-up and ready to hold your school leaders to account.
  • Key Stage 2 SATs: governors' role
    Key Stage (KS) 2 SATs will take place in May 2023. Here's what you need to know and what you should ask your head. And, if you're asked to be an 'independent observer' for your school's test administration, use our checklist so you know what to look out for.
  • Key Stage 2 SATs in 2024
    Understand how the Key Stage (KS) 2 SATs are administered and reported this year, and what role the governing board should play.
  • Monitoring pupil progress
    Find out how to go about monitoring pupil progress so you can make sure pupils are reaching their full potential.
  • Monitoring the progress of 'more able' pupils
    Understand your role in monitoring the progress of 'more able' and 'most able' pupils. See questions you can ask your school leaders, and examples of policies for high-ability or high-achieving pupils.
  • Performance data for pupils with SEN
    Learn how schools measure progress and attainment for pupils who can't access the curriculum or who are working below National Curriculum assessment standards. Understand 'the engagement model' and 'pre-Key-Stage standards' and how to monitor them.
  • School performance data: the basics
    Performance data can be overwhelming at first glance, but most governors don't need to know too much detail to do a good job. Get started with our quick guide on what you do and don't need to know about data.
  • Summer 2023 exam arrangements
    Exams are due to go ahead this summer with a return to pre-pandemic arrangements, but there are some changes to reflect the disruption pupils have experienced. Understand the current plans for summer 2023.
  • Understanding primary progress scores
    Get up to speed with the primary progress measures and how they're calculated, so you can understand your performance data and hold your school leadership to account.