We are delighted to announce that we are aiming for KS4 monitoring data analysis to be available in Alps Connect from 17 January 2018. We are hosting a series of webinars to support data managers with your KS4 upload. Please register here to book your place: https://alps-va.co.uk/webinars/
Please note that the submission of monitoring data at KS5 will continue to be through your myAlps account until Spring 2018.Read more
Advice for Heads of Sixth and Raising Standards Leaders in Northern Ireland Read more
Effective monitoring is essential to understanding how your students and subjects are performing, and where to focus interventions if required. We have written five blogs on the Foundations of Effective Monitoring to help you to drive towards monitoring success.
Alps Connect is our exciting new on-line interactive reporting platform, allowing internal analysis using our familiar Alps benchmarks via simple yet accessible new tools. Click here for more information Read more
Alps are launching free online training in the form of webinars. Book now for our "Introduction to Connect" webinars.
The rules surrounding how we access, store and use data under the Data Protection Act (1998) (DPA) will change with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018.
At Alps, we are taking steps to prepare for GDPR now, to ensure compliance with the new legislation in time for May 2018 and we will keep you informed of any changes in process in light of these over the coming months.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We provide students with minimum expected 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 minimum expected grade 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 expectations 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.
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 expectation 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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