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Briefing Paper – How to calculate average GCSE score baseline with a mixture of A*-G and 9-1

Alps' approach to calculating a baseline in order to set aspirational MEGs for KS5 starters in September 2017.
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New A level, AS level and KS4 Benchmarks for 2017

Our updated benchmarks are available now. These are based on our analysis of the full national datatset from the Department for Education
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ADCS 2017 – now available

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Alps Summer Newsletters 2017

This is an important time of year for schools and colleges, and for the team at Alps. We are updating our reports ready for Results Day. We are also readying Alps Connect for its launch in the Autumn and preparing to deliver our summer conferences in July.

Please see our June Newsletters for more information:

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Alps Prices for 2017

We are pleased to announce that our prices for reports and training will be remaining the same in 2017/18. Read more

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Alps are launching free online training in the form of webinars. Book now for our two July "Introduction to Connect" webinars.

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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?

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  • 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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