Performance tables: which schools are excluded?
Guidance from the school and college performance table website says that, for 2014, the following providers are excluded from Key Stage (KS) 4 performance tables:
· Hospital schools
· Pupil referral units
· Alternative provision
A school leader asked us whether pupil referral units (PRUs) or alternative provision academies (AP academies) will be excluded from the progress 8 and attainment 8 performance measures. These measures come into effect in 2016 as part of the reforms to the secondary accountability system.
We put this question to the Department for Education (DfE).
A representative from the DfE's progress 8 team explained that PRUs and AP academies are not included in performance tables, so floor standards are not applied to them. She confirmed that this will continue to be the case when the progress 8 and attainment 8 measures come into effect.
However, she added that PRUs and AP academies will still be expected to demonstrate that their pupils are making good progress and that their needs are being met fully.
BUT - Dual registered pupils in PRUs
The DfE representative also explained that where a pupil is registered at both a PRU or AP academy and a mainstream school, and is being prepared for qualifications by the mainstream school, the pupil's exam results will count towards the mainstream school's performance tables.
This information has been downloaded from "The Key for School Leaders" with reference to PRU data.