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Latest News from Alps 24th April 2017

This is a key time of year for Alps. The countdown to Results Day is on and we have a host of new and improved services available for schools in the Autumn. We are excited to be launching our new interactive service - Alps Connect - available from September 2017. We are also busy updating our suite of reports to ensure they continue to meet the needs of schools and colleges at both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5.

Please see our April Newsletters for more information:

Latest news for schools & colleges in England

Latest news for schools & colleges in Wales (English)

Latest news for schools & colleges in Wales (Welsh)

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Summer Conferences 2017 6th April 2017

We are offering two half-day conferences in July 2017:

Maximising Student Progress in a Linear World

Maximising Student Progress at KS4

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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 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

Planning for the Year with Alps 24th April 2017

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. Read more

The Pillars of Alps 24th April 2017

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. Read more

Shadow Attainment 8 Estimates 7th April 2017

A short summary from John Philip of the recently published Shadow Attainment 8 Estimates Read more

Positive Monitoring in the Sixth Form 28th March 2017

Martin Rostron, former Principal of Greenhead College, Huddersfield, and current Alps Education Consultant, outlines the essentials of positive (and effective) monitoring. Read more

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

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Featured Blogs

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.

Read more >

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What to expect at an Alps Conference

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

Read more >

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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’?

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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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