Progress 8 in special schools

Progress 8 also applies to special schools, to compare their scores against the mainstream average and other special schools. Read advice on calculating progress 8 scores and on how this data is used.

Last reviewed on 8 November 2022
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School types: Special · School phases: Secondary
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  1. Progress 8 applies to special schools
  2. Calculating progress 8 scores for pupils with SEN
  3. How is a special school's progress 8 score used?

Progress 8 applies to special schools

This is because progress 8 applies to all maintained schools and academies.

If you’re an independent special school, however, you won’t publish progress 8 scores or pupil destinations (see page 18 of the DfE's guide to secondary accountability measures).

Special schools’ progress 8 scores compare them with mainstream schools

Mainstream maintained schools and academies’ progress 8 scores are calculated as the average of that school’s pupils’ progress 8 scores (see page 23 of the secondary accountability measures guide). The schools’ results are compared against the national average score for all mainstream pupils, which is set at 0.

Calculating progress