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GCSE and A Level Results Days: Update 22nd August 2017

To submit your GCSE Results to us, please download the Key Stage 4 version of the ADCS software by clicking on the link on the side tab. All Alps data collection and submissions are working effectively. Don’t forget to request Alps Connect for access to online, interactive data analysis. The Alps office is open, for […] 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

Alps 2017 – Maximising the potential of Staff and Students at KS4 and KS5 14th August 2017

Alps offers performance improvement analysis and training at both KS5 and KS4. We help students and teachers to meet or exceed their potential, making a difference to the life chances of young people. Read more

Alps Reports and Alps Connect 2017 14th August 2017

Good Luck with your A level and KS4 Result Days! You do not need to pre-register with Alps to order your Alps Reports. You can order your 2017 Alps Reports and Alps Connect from the Results Days by clicking on the ‘Upload your data’ button. We will aim to have your reports to you within […] Read more

Alps Connect 2017 14th August 2017

Alps Connect is our exciting new on-line interactive reporting platform, allowing internal analysis using our familiar Alps benchmarks via simple yet accessible new tools. Click here for more information Read more

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 KS5 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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Latest Blog Posts

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

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

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

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Featured Blogs

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?

Read more >

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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.

Read more >

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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.

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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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Raising Standards in KS4 – The Last 8 Weeks

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

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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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