How to set whole-school attainment and progress targets

Learn how to set and embed robust whole-school targets for attainment and progress. See how you can keep teachers accountable, boost their confidence in curriculum progression, and make your data collection more efficient.

Last reviewed on 8 August 2022
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  1. Are you looking at attainment or progress?
  2. What to consider when setting your targets
  3. Where to set out your targets
  4. Keep teaching staff accountable and supported
  5. Deliver consistent and high-quality assessments
  6. Make data collection robust yet workload-friendly

Are you looking at attainment or progress?

Be clear on the difference 

These 2 indicators measure different things: 

  • Attainment measures where pupils are at the point of testing 
  • Progress measures the difference between pupils’ start and end points – one of our experts recommended that this would give a better indication of how strong your curriculum is and how effectively you’ve adapted it to meet pupils’ needs 

Find out more about the difference between attainment and progress. 

Understand which one you’re setting a target for 

Are you aiming to: 

Alternatively, you could be setting a target that involves both progress and attainment. For example, if a pupil has low prior attainment, you may be looking to get them to a basic attainment level so

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