Primary school accountability

Technical guidance on primary accountability, school-level progress measures and similar schools.


Primary school accountability 2018: technical guide

Primary progress measures: summary

Key stage 2 similar schools guidance: 2017

How we calculate the progress measure bandings: key stage 2

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The technical guide is for all primary schools. It sets out how we’ll calculate primary school accountability measures for the school performance tables.

There’s also:

  • a summary of primary progress measures
  • a video that explains how we measure primary school performance
  • information about how we calculate KS2 progress measure bandings in the school performance tables.

The guidance on similar schools explains the data and calculations we use to create a group of ‘similar schools’ in the school performance tables.

Primary school accountability video

Published 29 January 2016
Last updated 4 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Primary school accountability in 2018'. The document details the changes.
  2. Updated primary school accountability technical guidance.
  3. Added information about progress measure bandings.
  4. Published similar schools technical guidance for 2017. Removed documents relevant only to 2016.
  5. Updated the primary school accountability in 2017 technical guide to include the 2017 coasting threshold.
  6. Updated the technical guide with information about changes to the primary progress methodology in 2017 for pupils below the standard of the test. Also updated figures in the document with provisional 2017 data.
  7. Updated technical guide to include proposed changes to methodology in 2017 for including pupils below the standard of the test in the progress measures. Also confirms that we will set thresholds for floor standards and coasting definition for 2017 in the autumn.
  8. Updated the 'Key stage 2: progress measure bandings' document on how we calculate the progress descriptions.
  9. Updated guidance with a link to the coasting schools regulations, and additional information about what happens once a school falls within the coasting definition.
  10. Added video explaining how we measure primary school performance.
  11. Update to the technical guidance with revised 2016 data published on 15 December 2016. Added 'ready reckoners' and bandings guide.
  12. Updated the main technical guidance document with a 'coasting' schools definition. Updated the summary document with further information about how we calculate primary progress measures.
  13. Updated 'Primary school accountability in 2016'. Updates included on sufficient progress thresholds, high score thresholds, key stage 2 writing teacher assessment points and pupils below the standard of the test. Also added the document 'Primary accountability: summary of new progress measures'.
  14. First published.