Last reviewed on 17 June 2021
School types: Special · School phases: Secondary
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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.

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 13 of the Department for Education (DfE) guide to secondary accountability measures).

Special schools’ progress 8 scores compare them with mainstream schools

Special school progress 8 scores are not used in calculating this national mainstream average. However, special schools’ progress 8 scores are calculated using mainstream pupils’ attainment 8 averages (i.e. pupils’ attainment across 8 subjects). This means that special school pupil attainment can be compared against the