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High, middle and low attainers: definitions

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Last updated on 18 October 2017
School types: All · School phases: Primary, Secondary
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How are pupils defined as high, middle or low attainers? We explain how the Key Stage 2 and 4 performance tables class pupils as high, middle or low attainers based on their level at the end of KS1/KS2. We also relay guidance on using prior attainment information for pupils assessed from 2016.

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  1. 1 Prior attainment bands
  2. 2 2016 KS1 results as 2020 prior attainment
  3. 3 2016 KS2 results as 2021 prior attainment
  4. 4 Prior attainment groups

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