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Expected APS progress

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    What is the average APS across the year that is considered expected progress and what is considered good?

    All my averages across the class are over 4 APS, except boys in one subject, but I'm being told that this requires improvement unless it is over 5 in which case it is good, so actually only one subject is being called good. Is it really true that children have to make over 4 APS progress to be considered good?

    Also think I may have asked this before, but do other people get their whole class to make 4+ APS progress in all subjects (ie no children make less than 2 sub-levels)? I feel and keep being told my class have done really well this year, with quite a few making 6 or even 8 APS, but am now being told certain areas require improvement because some children have only made 2 APS progress (all SEN who have not had any appropriate support at all and have only been assessed this year because I have made a fuss about how many problems they have but are not being supported with).

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    The current level of average (and therefore expected?) progress across KS2 according to Raiseonline for last year's results is 13.4 points.  You therefore would need an average of 3 or 4 points in each year group to make EXPECTED progress.  

    I'd argue that 4 points is good - it's what we track for - and if all children achieved this in each year group they'd move a fabulous 16 points across the key stage.  Moving a 2b to a 5c or a 1a to a 4b is not to be sniffed at! 

    Unfortunately, as brilliant as it is that some of your children made 6 or even 8 APS, the children that have only made 2 APS aren't on track to make their 2 levels progress minimum, which is where your 'certain areas require improvement' comes from.  (I know, I know, unrealistic for some SEN children blah blah . . . just telling you how it 'is' - from on high, not from your SMT!   I have SEN children without any support too!) 

    I hate this time of year in the staff room.  It always feels like the children's successes aren't celebrated as much as they should be.  Wink

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