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Briefing Paper – How to calculate average GCSE score baseline with a mixture of A*-G and 9-1 23rd June 2017

Alps' approach to calculating a baseline in order to set aspirational MEGs for KS4 starters in September 2017.
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New A level, AS level and KS4 Benchmarks for 2017 23rd June 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 23rd June 2017

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Alps Summer Newsletters 2017 12th June 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:

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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New A Level Benchmarks for 2017 2nd June 2017

Our A level benchmarks for Autumn 2017 reports are available now. These are based on our full analysis of the complete national A level results dataset for 2016, which is supplied to Alps by the Department for Education. These are the numbers that will be used for the Subject Thermometers in the reports we produce from August 2017. Read more

Alps Prices for 2017 19th May 2017

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

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

Setting aspirational Minimum Expected Grades for new Sixth Formers in September 2017 23rd June 2017

Alps' approach for new KS5 starters in light of new 9-1 grading at KS4 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

Grade Expectations: Alps Targets for Summer 2017 26th May 2017

We have completed our analysis of A level results from Summer 2016. We are pleased to publish our updated A level benchmarks and the all-important MEGs (Minimum Expected Grades). These are the targets we will measure your students against in our 2017 reports. 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

Target Setting With Students To Raise Aspirations 16th May 2017

John's expert advice on using Alps expected grades to inspire the very best performance from your staff, students and departments. Read more

Alps Minimum Target Grades 15th May 2017

Aspirational minimum target grades are one of the cornerstones of the Alps system. Click here to learn where they come from and, more importantly, how to use them to inspire your students to achieve more Read more

Why are Alps targets like an umbrella? 15th May 2017

Alps targets are not predictions. Neither are umbrellas. Explore how to make the most of them (the targets, not the umbrellas) with your students. Read more

Alps and Subject Specific Target Grades 14th May 2017

Our blog exploring the thinking behind our decision to give students the same target grade for each subject Read more

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Featured Blogs

Setting aspirational Minimum Expected Grades for new Sixth Formers in September 2017

Alps’ approach for new KS5 starters in light of new 9-1 grading at KS4

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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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Grade Expectations: Alps Targets for Summer 2017

We have completed our analysis of A level results from Summer 2016. We are pleased to publish our updated A level benchmarks and the all-important MEGs (Minimum Expected Grades). These are the targets we will measure your students against in our 2017 reports.

Read more >

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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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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

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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

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