Last reviewed on 20 June 2022
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 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 19 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.