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Reforms to secondary school accountability have radically changed the way pupil performance is measured. All schools will now face an automatic Ofsted inspection if they fall below the new Progress 8 floor standard.

Ofsted will now scrutinise all school leaders’ ability to implement a broad and balanced curricular, monitor and improve pupil progress and publish all performance data.

On this Adapting to the New Progress 8 Framework course, join our chair Suzanne O’ Farrell, ASCL, and gain the necessary tools to overcome the challenges of effectively implementing the Progress 8 framework.

Through a series of workshops and case studies, delegates will develop practical tools on how to implement the new grading framework, redesign a broad and balanced curriculum and adopt a holistic approach to school accountability.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Examine latest policy and reforms, including Progress 8 and the new 9-1 grading scale
  • Explore ways of developing a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Raise the attainment of pupils working towards the national standard
  • Utilise and publish data to effectively measure the progress of pupils
  • Create an action plan for adopting a whole school approach to implementing Progress 8
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:30

Implementing the New Secondary School Accountability System

  • Examine latest policy on Progress 8, Attainment 8 and the new 9-1 grading scale
  • Outline of how Progress 8 measures work and how they can be calculated
  • Identify key principles and challenges of the new accountability framework
  • Discuss the impact of the new framework so far on school leaders
10:30 - 11:15

Redesigning Your Curricula to implement Progress 8

In 2017, Denbigh High School was in the top 5% of all schools in the country under the new Progress 8 framework

  • Designing and implementing a curriculum responsive to Progress 8 requirements
  • Ensuring all students have access to progress 8 subjects without limiting curriculum as a whole
  • Create a broad and balanced curriculum, focussed on an academic core
  • Understand the importance of promoting the arts and other subjects within a balanced curriculum
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Case Study: Effectively Implement Progress 8

Learn from one of the Progress 8 early adopter schools on how to overcome the challenges of implementation

  • How to successfully overcome the key challenges of implementing Progress 8
  • Create strategies to establish early foundations and interventions at Key Stage 3
  • Gain tips on implementing a whole school approach to tracking and assessing pupil progress and attainment
  • Realign your curricula to objectives of Progress 8 and Attainment 8
12:15 - 13:00

Raise Attainment of Pupils working towards the National Standard

In 2016, Avonbourne College scored a Progress 8 score of +0.31, well above the government target of -0.5

  • Establish best practice on how best to support teachers to raise achievement across the curriculum
  • Explore how to develop confident and independent learners
  • Gain tips on creating a whole school approach to raising standards
  • Learn how to effectively monitor and measure struggling pupils’ progress
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Ensure Effective Leadership to Improve your School’s Progress 8 Performance

  • How school leaders can learn from the first Progress 8 results and implement improvement strategies
  • Learn how to provide effective guidance and support to improve Progress 8 performance
  • How to translate and explain the changes to school accountability to pupils, parents and staff
  • Assess how professional development and effective use of support staff can support a wider Progress 8 strategy
14:30 - 16:00

Adopting a Whole School Approach to Implementing Progress 8

  • Develop key priorities for your Progress 8 action plan
  • Establish best practice with peers and the chair on continuous tracking and assessment of pupil progress
  • Devise a strategy for ensuring a broad and responsive curriculum
  • Engaging with students and staff to take ownership of pupil progress
  • Balance Progress 8 implementation with maintaining standards and attainment levels
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate, Pimlico,, London, SW1V 2QQ