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Get up to speed with the primary progress and attainment measures so you can understand your performance data and hold your school leadership to account.

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 primary 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. 

Pupil attainment in primary school

At the end of reception, teachers assess pupils based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile