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The Way that you Send Data to Alps is Changing 24th May 2018

Great news! KS4 and KS5 monitoring are now available in Connect Interactive.

In addition, Connect Data is our new data upload service, you can use this to submit your KS4 and KS5 monitoring data to us now. Connect Data will completely replace the ADCS from August 2018. We are hosting a series of webinars to support data managers with your uploads using Data Connect, please click here book your place and access our user guides.

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No longer a ‘Levels’ playing field 23rd May 2018

An Alps blog on setting aspirational targets with, and tracking the progress of, students with KS2 standardised scaled scores.   From 2016 students have been awarded standardised scores at the end of KS2. In September 2018, schools with a three-year KS4 will be wanting to set their students aspirational KS4 target grades based on progress […] Read more

Comparable outcomes and comparable progress – an Alps Blog on the value-added performance of the linear A Level subjects in 2017 23rd May 2018

As early as August 2017 avid users of the JCQ result pdfs were taking note of the differences in raw results between how subjects that went linear for first examination in 2017 performed when compared to how they performed as modular A Levels in 2016. The differences were minor as can be seen in the […] Read more

Comparable outcomes and comparable progress – an Alps blog on the performance of 9-1 GCSEs in 2017 23rd May 2018

2017 saw the first results of the new 9-1 GCSE specifications in England in maths, English language and English literature. Last August Ofqual’s comparable outcomes policy ensured outcomes that were very comparable with outcomes in the predecessor A*-G specifications in 2016. As we all knew in advance, Ofqual had guaranteed that, as long as the […] Read more

Has your BTEC world been turned upside down? 12th January 2018

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Interacting with your subject thermometers and empowering your teachers 11th January 2018

As you roll out Connect Interactive across your school or college, our Alps consultants will support you in getting the most from the analysis through our regular blogs. In this blog, Ian Yems takes you through how the ‘What If’ tool can empower subject staff to identify underperforming students and make incisive and timely interventions. […] Read more

The Alps Five Foundations of Effective Monitoring 20th November 2017

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.

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Head of Sixth / Post-16 Raising Standards Leader Priorities – England 24th August 2017

Accountability and assessing progress from KS4 We are all aware that the 5 key pillars of Post-16 Accountability are destinations, retention, GCSE progress, average grade(s) and the progress score(s). The Floor Standards are based on progress and in 2016 for Academic VA the Floor was -0.50 and for Applied General -0.75. However, it is impossible […] Read more

Head of Sixth / Post-16 Raising Standards Leader Priorities – Northern Ireland 18th August 2017

Alps – the Advanced Level Performance Systems In England over 1 600 schools and colleges use Alps. We provide them with challenging top 25% Minimum Expected Grades, systems for tracking students towards these grades, training for staff and value-added progress reports on A, AS and BTEC L3 qualifications. Our goal is school / college improvement […] Read more

A Level Results Day: Update 17th August 2017

All Alps data collection and submissions systems are working effectively. Hundreds of schools and colleges have submitted their data already. Don’t delay and don’t forget to request Alps Connect. The Alps office is open, for any issues please call 01484 887600 Read more

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Previous Blog Posts

New 2018 Benchmarks – England : A level, AS level and KS4 2nd July 2018

We have updated A, AS and KS4 benchmarks for England. The headlines are: There is little movement at A and AS level – the Alps Minimum Expected Grades (MEGs) remain the same as last year KS4 Prior attainment bands have had to be adjusted, resulting in slight changes in Alps MEGs The benchmarks are based […] Read more

New Subject Results – Important Information for 2018 results 2nd July 2018

GCSE DA – Combined Science – there will be no initial benchmark As the grade structure of 9-9 to 1-1 is new it is not possible to produce a benchmark for DA – Combined Science until national data is available. We will aim to create a benchmark using client data in Autumn 2018, and so […] Read more

Comparable outcomes and comparable progress – An Alps Blog on the value-added performance of the linear A Level subjects in 2017 23rd May 2018

As early as August 2017 avid users of the JCQ result pdfs were taking note of the differences in raw results between how subjects that went linear for first examination in 2017 performed when compared to how they performed as modular A Levels in 2016. The differences were minor as can be seen in the […] Read more

Connect Monitoring Update – KS4 13th January 2018

Monitoring at KS4 was launched in Connect in January 2018 Read more

Has your BTEC world been turned upside down? 12th January 2018

To read on, click here
Read more

Interacting with your subject thermometers and empowering your teachers 11th January 2018

As you roll out Connect Interactive across your school or college, our Alps consultants will support you in getting the most from the analysis through our regular blogs. In this blog, Ian Yems takes you through how the ‘What If’ tool can empower subject staff to identify underperforming students and make incisive and timely interventions. […] Read more

Assessing your students’ progress from KS2 to KS4 in 2017 23rd June 2017

Alps' approach to changes in KS2 input and KS4 output data. Read more

Issues for Success in a Sixth Form 26th May 2017

In this blog we look at some common problems that are faced by Sixth Forms everywhere, and explore some questions that you can use to start developing strategies for improvement Read more

Are ‘Staff Predicted Grades’ an Art? 17th May 2017

Staff are regularly asked to predict grades for students both at KS4 and KS5. Intervention and mid-year school improvement plans are all based around these grades. But how confident are you that the grades predicted by staff are accurate? Read more

How clear is your crystal ball? 17th May 2017

The ups and downs of teachers predicting grades for new courses. Read more

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Featured Blogs

Comparable outcomes and comparable progress – an Alps blog on the performance of 9-1 GCSEs in 2017

2017 saw the first results of the new 9-1 GCSE specifications in England in maths, English language and English literature. Last August Ofqual’s comparable outcomes policy ensured outcomes that were very comparable with outcomes in the predecessor A*-G specifications in 2016. As we all knew in advance, Ofqual had guaranteed that, as long as the […]

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Comparable outcomes and comparable progress – an Alps Blog on the value-added performance of the linear A Level subjects in 2017

As early as August 2017 avid users of the JCQ result pdfs were taking note of the differences in raw results between how subjects that went linear for first examination in 2017 performed when compared to how they performed as modular A Levels in 2016. The differences were minor as can be seen in the […]

Read more >

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No longer a ‘Levels’ playing field

An Alps blog on setting aspirational targets with, and tracking the progress of, students with KS2 standardised scaled scores.   From 2016 students have been awarded standardised scores at the end of KS2. In September 2018, schools with a three-year KS4 will be wanting to set their students aspirational KS4 target grades based on progress […]

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Has your BTEC world been turned upside down?

To read on, click here

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Connect Monitoring Update – KS4

Monitoring at KS4 was launched in Connect in January 2018

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Assessing your students’ progress from KS2 to KS4 in 2017

Alps’ approach to changes in KS2 input and KS4 output data.

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How clear is your crystal ball?

The ups and downs of teachers predicting grades for new courses.

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Are ‘Staff Predicted Grades’ an Art?

Staff are regularly asked to predict grades for students both at KS4 and KS5. Intervention and mid-year school improvement plans are all based around these grades. But how confident are you that the grades predicted by staff are accurate?

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Planning for the Year with Alps

One of the most important elements for any successful organisation is forward planning. In educational terms, this means looking towards the next academic cycle – while still striving towards excellence in the current one. Schools and colleges who use Alps find that our system follows this academic cycle closely, with key points in the year when our reports and training are most effective.

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The Pillars of Alps

For Kevin Conway, the founder of Alps, one of the keys to success was to keep things simple. At Greenhead College, where Kevin was Principal, this simplicity meant encouraging staff and students to work towards a small number of clear and achievable targets. Outstanding Ofsted grades, and exceptional student progress, followed. This simplicity is embedded in Alps.

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