This is the average Progress 8 score for girls. Progress 8 was introduced in 2016 (and 2015 for schools that chose to opt in early) and aims to capture the progress pupils make from the end of key stage 2 to the end of key stage 4. It compares pupils' achievement, their Attainment 8 score with the average Attainment 8 score of all pupils nationally who had a similar starting point (or prior attainment), calculated using assessment results from the end of primary school. Progress 8 is a relative measure, therefore the national average Progress 8 score for mainstream schools is zero. When including pupils at special schools the national average is not zero as Progress 8 scores for special schools are calculated using Attainment 8 estimates based on pupils in mainstream schools.
Interpreting a school's Progress 8 score: Progress 8 scores will be centred around 0, with most schools within the range of -1 to +1. A score of 0 means pupils in this school on average do about as well at KS4 as those with similarprior attainmentnationally. A positive score means pupils in this school on average do better at KS4 as those with similarprior attainmentnationally. A negative score means pupils in this school on average do worse at KS4 as those with similarprior attainmentnationally. A negative score does not mean that pupils did not make any progress; rather it means they made less progress than other pupils nationally with similar starting points.
Progress 8 results are calculated for a school based on a specific cohort of pupils. A school may have been just as effective but have performed differently with a different set of pupils. To account for this natural uncertainty 95% confidence intervals around Progress 8 scores are provided as a proxy for the range of scores within which each school's underlying performance measure can be confidently said to lie.
The Attainment 8 score per pupil measures the average achievement of pupils in up to 8 qualifications including English (double weighted if the combined English qualification, or both language and literature are taken), maths (double weighted), three further qualifications that count in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and three further qualifications that can be GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or any other non-GCSE qualifications on the DfE approved list.
Figures for all state-funded schools include local authority maintained mainstream schools, academies, free schools, city technology colleges, further education colleges with provision for 14 to 16 year-olds and state-funded special schools. They exclude independent schools, independent special schools, non-maintained special schools, hospital schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision. They do not include pupils recently arrived from overseas.