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Alps 2017 National Conferences

We are now accepting bookings for our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 National Conferences in March 2017.

Click here to book a place on our full-day conference for Alps at Key Stage 5

Click here to book a place on our full-day conference for Alps at Key Stage 4

Please click here for details of dates, venues and costs or contact us today to discuss further.

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Order Your Alps KS4 & KS5 Reports

We are busy processing report requests from schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since Results Day we have sent out thousands of reports to hundreds of schools and colleges.

If you have not yet submitted your data it is not too late.

If you are waiting for re-marks it may interest you to know that all Alps reports come with one free re-submission of your data. This is intended to allow you to upload your initial results on Results Day and to then submit a final data file once any re-marks have been received.

We have also introduced Key Stage 4 reports to hundreds of schools all over the country. We have been delighted with the initial response. Our trainers have been travelling far and wide helping schools understand their data and hearing about the positive impact that Key Stage 4 Alps is having already.

If you are interested in Alps reports or training please contact us today.

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Alps Training

"We view the Alps reports as the principal component of our KS5 self-evaluation, and have used them since 2007. The Alps conferences also set the benchmark for other large venue training sessions and always give three or four concrete ideas to implement to help raise standards.

The 1-9 grading sharpens all of our practice, and helps curriculum leaders see how they are comparing with other subjects. The new KS4 reports, combined with our own interim reports using monitoring grades based on the Alps system, look like they will become equally powerful in raising standards in KS4.

It’s probable that Alps has done more to raise achievement at KS5 than every government initiative since the 1987 Reform Bill!"

Sackville School, Sussex

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New BTEC Benchmarks for 2016

We have updated the BTEC benchmarks and target grades in our 2016 reports. This is due to changes in BTEC performance. As A level and AS level results have not significantly changed, we have kept these benchmarks the same for 2016. Read more

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We host conferences throughout the year, covering everything about Alps - from our core principles through to the advanced application of the Alps report.

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Want to find out more about the services we offer? Watch our new video for a quick introduction to Alps KS5.

How can Alps help you?

Select your role to find out more:

  • Alps for Senior Managers
  • Alps for Local Authorities, Academy Chains, Multisite Colleges & Groups
  • Alps for Data Managers
  • Alps for Teachers
  • Alps for Governors
  • Alps for Students
  • Alps for Parents

Alps for Senior Managers

The Alps process is particularly valuable for senior leadership teams. Our reports provide detailed analysis that allows you to celebrate areas of success and make focused, positive steps towards addressing areas of weakness. Our high quality training can also help you to make the most of Alps, embedding our ethos and helping to improve outcomes for all students.

Why use Alps

Alps Training



Alps for Local Authorities, Academy Chains, Multisite Colleges & Groups

We work with a number of local authorities, school consortia and academy chains to provide area wide analysis of provision. Our projects give you a ‘common language’ which enables schools, colleges and the authority to engage in conversations about Key Stage 4 & 5 outcomes. We help you to identify and share best practice. Our bespoke projects include reports and tailored, high quality training.

Please call us on 01484 887600 to discuss how our work could help you to improve focus on progress.

Local Authority report

Training for Local Authorities

Wakefield Local Authority Case Study

Alps for Data Managers

Alps provides an easy and simple way to visualise your data and to measure value added performance. Our indicators are robust and are backed up by over 25 years’ experience. Our Alps Data Collection Software and our online portal myAlps make it easier than ever to prepare your data for submission and to upload it to us.

How to Order an Alps Report

How to read an Alps report


Alps for Teachers

Alps is a process designed to improve the life chances of young people. Our target grades are aspirational, raising students’ expectations and performance.  Our targets are based on what is actually being achieved by the top 25% of schools and colleges, against our national benchmarks. Our reports are clear, concise and easy to follow, while also detailed enough to allow forensic analysis.

Target setting

Case Studies


2015 ADCS & User Guide

Alps for Governors

Our analysis can provide valuable insights for everyone involved in the management of post-16 learning in a school or college. The overview contained within our reports gives a clear picture of overall value added performance. We indicate which pages in particular would be useful to share with governors. Our reports can form an important discussion point during governors meetings. If you are unsure whether your school or college uses Alps you should speak to your head/principal. Many schools also ask Alps to provide training for their governing bodies.

About Alps

History of Alps

Why use Alps

Alps for Students

We provide students with minimum target grades which are based on the performance of all students nationally. We use your performance in external assessments as a measure of ability and assign target grades based on a range of prior ability ‘bands’. The target given is based on the grades achieved by the top 25% nationally.

These grades are not intended to place a limit on achievement. They are minimum targets which some students will exceed. They are based on national statistics which include the achievements of all students. By working closely with your teachers you can challenge yourself to be ambitious and to meet or exceed the grades achieved by previous groups of students.

Alps for Parents

The Alps system is based on a powerful educational philosophy which emphasises encouraging high aspirations for all students. Our reports are intended for internal use by schools and colleges to  measure the value added progress of GCSE, A level and BTEC students.

We provide a framework for schools and colleges to use when setting targets with their students. This is based on setting students a minimum target of matching the achievements of the top 25% of similar ability students based on our national benchmarks. The Alps target grades are not intended to place a limit on achievement, they are a minimum target grade which some students will aim to exceed. Some schools and colleges may share these targets directly with their students, while others may incorporate them into their own target setting and monitoring methodologies.

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