HOW WE RATED THE SCHOOLS

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

THE rank­ing sys­tem uses 45 dif­fer­ent mea­sures, put to­gether from the lat­est pub­licly avail­able data cov­er­ing up to the 2018/19 school year, bro­ken into four in­di­ca­tors.

Na­tional league ta­bles only look at over­all Key Stage 2 re­sults and progress scores, which may mean schools which help all pupils make progress but only get slightly bet­ter than aver­age re­sults over­all may be over­looked.

Our rank­ing sys­tem aims to move be­yond just look­ing at Key Stage 2 re­sults as a mea­sure of how good schools are and to give par­ents an idea of which schools will help their child pros­per, no mat­ter what their back­ground is.

As a re­sult, the league ta­ble tries to fac­tor in other things as well, like whether all pupils are making progress (not just those ex­pected to get top grades), what attendance is like, the ra­tio of teach­ers to pupils and whether pupils are do­ing bet­ter than ex­pected.

At­tain­ment is worth 30 per cent of the to­tal score – this based on pupils’ Key Stage 2 per­for­mance, how many pupils are reach­ing the ex­pected or even the higher stan­dards, in 2019 and how it com­pares to 2017. This mea­sures whether a school is get­ting top marks and if it is man­ag­ing to im­prove year on year.

At­tain­ment for All is worth 30pc of the score - it is based on how well dif­fer­ent types of pupil at all lev­els of at­tain­ment do, as well as how well the school does at clos­ing the gen­der gap – mea­sur­ing how teach­ers are help­ing pupils do the best they can. It also looks at how big the pupil/teacher ra­tio is in com­par­i­son to the na­tional aver­age as well as teach­ers’ aver­age salaries.

Progress is worth 30pc and is based on whether all pupils, in­clud­ing those at dif­fer­ent lev­els of at­tain­ment and from dis­ad­van­taged back­grounds, are making progress be­tween the end of in­fants and the end of ju­niors across all sub­jects.

Attendance looks at lev­els of ab­sence, unau­tho­rised ab­sence and per­sis­tent ab­sence at the school, and is worth 10pc of the to­tal score.

Dif­fer­ent mea­sures are given weight­ings based on how im­por­tant they are likely to be to par­ents – so per­cent­age of pupils achiev­ing the ex­pected level in read­ing, writ­ing and maths in 2019 is worth a max­i­mum of 12 points and a school can score up to 12 points for its pupils making sig­nif­i­cantly above aver­age progress in the three sub­jects, while dif­fer­ence be­tween aver­age teacher salary in 2017/18 and na­tional aver­age is worth just one point.

Scores are worked out by giv­ing the best per­form­ing school in each cat­e­gory top marks, with all other schools re­ceiv­ing points ad­justed ac­cord­ing to their per­for­mance in com­par­i­son. Schools where per­for­mance is be­low aver­age re­ceive neg­a­tive points up to a max­i­mum of -0.5.

Scores for each mea­sure are then added to­gether to get a to­tal, which is ad­justed to give an of­fi­cial score that does not in­clude neg­a­tive num­bers. Stars are al­lo­cated by rank­ing all the scores in or­der for each in­di­ca­tor and then split­ting schools into five groups.

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