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Updates to Alps for 2017 16th March 2017

We are currently updating our full suite of Alps reports in preparation for Summer 2017. The updates account for Government and curriculum changes, as well as our own report developments.

More detail is included in three key documents:

View the KS5 England Update

View the KS5 Wales Update

View the KS4 England Update

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Alps 2017 National Conferences 4th January 2017

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

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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Alps Training 15th November 2016

"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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Key Stage 4 Data Collection Software 18th August 2016

Our Key Stage 4 Data Collection Software is available to download now.

Please click here to view the Key Stage 4 Alps Quick Steps

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Latest Blog Posts

What to expect at an Alps Conference 14th March 2017

Why we have a spring in our step about our March conferences. Read more

Advice for Heads of Sixth in Wales – The Last 8 Weeks 28th February 2017

Advice for Heads of Sixth and Raising Standards Leaders in Wales Read more

Advice for Heads of Sixth in England – The Last 8 Weeks 28th February 2017

Advice for Heads of Sixth and Raising Standards Leaders in England Read more

Raising Standards in KS4 – The Last 8 Weeks 20th February 2017

Calculating Progress 8 – Is it time to ‘park the bus’? Read more

Monitoring at Key Stage 4 16th February 2017

Effective monitoring - at every level - is key to the Alps philosophy of ensuring all students make progress towards their aspirational grades. Read more

Getting your Head round the L3VA 20th January 2017

As ‘Progress’ is now the key performance table measure post-16 as well as in KS4 the L3VA is clearly a document that your Head does need to understand! Read more

Using Alps While Awaiting the L3VA 5th January 2017

Recent changes to the L3VA report mean that there is a greater focus on progress which reflects the increasing emphasis on ‘value added’ in accountability measures. Whilst this is very welcome, the relatively late arrival of the L3VA report means that its use is more limited to ‘weighing the pig’ and looking back on historical outcomes rather than changing the future - unlike Alps. Read more

Delivering Our First Key Stage 4 Feedbacks 15th December 2016

Our Feedback training sessions help schools get to grips with their Alps data and see where success should be celebrated and challenges addresses. We are delighted to be delivering our first KS4 training sessions, and helping schools to make the most of this powerful new tool. Read more

Using Alps Across Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 8th December 2016

Alps schools who are using our system at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 are already finding real benefits for their staff and students. Read more

It’s Not Too Late to Order Alps Reports 1st December 2016

If you have not yet submitted your 2016 results to Alps it isn't too late - send through your data today and we will return your report to you within 8 working days. Read more

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Featured Blogs

What to expect at an Alps Conference

Why we have a spring in our step about our March conferences.

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Advice for Heads of Sixth in Wales – The Last 8 Weeks

Advice for Heads of Sixth and Raising Standards Leaders in Wales

Read more >

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Advice for Heads of Sixth in England – The Last 8 Weeks

Advice for Heads of Sixth and Raising Standards Leaders in England

Read more >

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Raising Standards in KS4 – The Last 8 Weeks

Calculating Progress 8 – Is it time to ‘park the bus’?

Read more >

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Using Alps While Awaiting the L3VA

Recent changes to the L3VA report mean that there is a greater focus on progress which reflects the increasing emphasis on ‘value added’ in accountability measures. Whilst this is very welcome, the relatively late arrival of the L3VA report means that its use is more limited to ‘weighing the pig’ and looking back on historical outcomes rather than changing the future – unlike Alps.

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Raising the Bar or Barring the Way

Reflections on post-16 entry requirements based on 9-1 GCSE grades

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Alps Monitoring: Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late

With the current focus nationally on progress and how in year progress is measured there has never been a better time to get an Alps monitoring report.

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Maintaining the accuracy of student predicted grades in reformed linear subjects

Our blog looking at the impact of A level reform on AS level numbers and student outcomes.

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The Reporting Report – the first weeks of term at Alps

Since results were released in August we have produced over 8,000 individual reports for more than 1,500 schools and colleges.

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Impact of BTEC benchmark change September 2016

In Summer 2016 we re-benchmarked our Alps BTEC reports. Here, we explore the effect that this benchmark change has (or hasn’t) had on outcomes for Alps schools and colleges.

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