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Different Performance Measures Treat English Differently – Progress 8 & Attainment 8

You will be well aware of the importance of English in the new KS4 accountability measures.  Students are likely to either enter GCSE English or two separate GCSEs in English literature and English language in 2016.  In 2017 the only qualifications which will count as English in the performance tables are the new reformed GCSEs (9-1) and AS levels.

The table below clarifies how English will be treated by each of the key measures:

Headline Performance Measure English Requirement
Progress 8 and Attainment 8 If a student sits both English language and English literature, the higher grade is double weighted in the English element.  The lower grade can count in the ‘open’ element of these measures.  The combined English language and literature qualification will be available for the last time in 2016 and will be double weighted in the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures.  If only GCSE English language or English literature is taken then this qualification will count, but will not be double weighted.
English Baccalaureate A student must study both English language and English literature, and achieve a grade C or better in at least one of these qualifications (in 2016, a C in Combined English would be sufficient).
English and maths A*-C A student would have to achieve a C grade or above in either English language or English literature.  There is no requirement to sit both (in 2016, a C in Combined English would be sufficient).

Schools are advised to go to the DfE website for full information on this topic.

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