GCSE Results 2017

GCSE Results 2017

Progress 8 (See Note 1) -1.23
Real terms (time-weighted) Progress 8 (See Note 1) -0.49
Attainment 8 37.2 44.2
Achieving a standard pass in English & Maths GCSE (Grade 4 or higher) 52% 63.9%
Achieving a good pass in English & Maths GCSE (Grade 5 or higher) 22% 39.6%
Entered for the English Baccalaureate 19% 37.9%
Achieving the English Baccalaureate (see Note 2) 6% 23.8%


Level 2 Creative Media Production – 2017 Results

Grade GCSE Equivalent Percentage
Distinction* A* 17%
Distinction A 15%
Merit B 32%
Pass C 25%
Level 1 Pass D-F 11%


Note 1: Contextualising GCSE Results

Progress 8 is a new way of measuring school performance.  It takes the Year 6 SATs maths and reading results of each student, and measures their GCSE performance against the GCSE results of other students with the same SATs scores.

For schools where students join in Year 7 and leave at the end of Year 11, this is a clear and logical method for measuring how effective the school has been over the full five years of students’ secondary education.  In UTCs, however, students join in Year 10, and the college has therefore only been able to have an impact in only two out of the five years.  Despite this, UTC Progress 8 scores still show an average of student progress from Year 7.

Because of this, the Department for Education acknowledges that Progress 8 is not a suitable measure for UTCs, stating on the 2017 performance tables website that “Progress 8 data for these schools is not directly comparable with the Progress 8 data for other schools.” [i]

Given this limitation, a methodology has been developed which involves performing a simple adjustment to allow for the proportion of a student’s secondary education spent at the UTC.  Six terms (two academic years) is 40% of fifteen terms (five academic years) and the UTC’s Progress 8 score is therefore multiplied by 40% to provide a like with like comparison.  For UTC@MediaCityUK this would produce a Progress 8 score of -0.49

For a more in-depth analysis of the limitations of Progress 8, please click here

[i] https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/revised-gcse-and-equivalent-results-in-england-2016-to-2017 – Table 2a

Note 2: The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)

Due to the specialist nature of UTCs, we are not required to meet the same targets as traditional secondary schools for EBacc attainment.

An EBacc pathway is available for all Key Stage 4 students, and the benefits and drawbacks of this are discussed with students and parents as part of the options process on enrolment.

Performance data for UTC@MediaCityUK is available from the DfE Performance Tables website.