Getting the most from the High Middle and low prior attainment filter

Getting the most from the High Middle and low prior attainment filter

This video takes you through how to apply the High, Mid and Low comparison filter across the subject overview page in Connect 



The high, middle and low prior attainment comparison is available across all key stages and qualification types. The tables below set out how Alps bands relate to each of the high, middle and low PA definitions across different qualifications.

Applying the high/middle/low PA comparison is straightforward:

  1. In the subject analysis area, use the dropdown from the Apply Comparisons box
  2. Select all -  High/Middle/Low PA or select those you want to view

Overview for all subjects –  in the subject overview table, use it to see how well each student group is performing across all subjects.

Apply the comparison


then toggle the Show in One Table. 


All three PA bands are being shown in one table. For many subjects the high PA students are performing less well than those of middle and low prior attainment. This might lead to discussions over stretch and challenge strategies for the more able across the curriculum.

 

Clicking into an individual subject/teaching set pages – once the comparison is switched on, the comparison will continue to be applied. Your thermometer will visually display how each group is performing in that subject or teaching set. You also have a table showing the relative Alps scores for each group. 


Here we see that the performance of the high prior attainers is slightly lower than those of lower prior attainment and is contributing to the overall value-added grade being lower than it might be otherwise. As the subject leader or teacher of this group of students, you might look at strategies which will have an impact on stretching them to attain top grades.

In the student tab of the subject area, the comparison will separate students into prior attainment groups. Teachers can perform ‘What Ifs’ on specific students within a prior attainment group to model the impact an increase of grade might have on the overall or comparison group’s Alps grade.  

Definitions of Prior Attainment

1. KS4 England - The definitions of prior attainment follow the DfE guidance. The Alps bands which correspond to the Fine Grades and Scaled Scores are as follows:

PA definition   

Alps Bands   

   

High

1-3

Middle

4-6


Low

7-10

 

2. Key Stage 5 England – the definitions vary across qualification types. The table below shows the banding groups for monitoring bands for 2019.20 onwards.

                    England

                          GCSE Score

PA definition

Alps Band

 A/AS level

 BTEC/
 CACHE

  UAL

 

High

1-4

 6.10+

 5.23+

  4.39+

 

Middle

5-7

 4.77+

 3.75+

  3.67+

 

Low

8-11

 >0

 >0

  >0

 

 

3. Key Stage 5 Wales - the definitions vary across qualification types. The table below shows the banding groups for 2019.20 onwards.

     Wales/Northern Ireland

                         GCSE Score

PA definition

Alps Band

 A/AS level

  BTEC/
  CACHE

   UAL

 

High

1-4

  48.4+

  44.8+

   41.2+

 

Middle

5-7

  43.0+

  38.2+

   37.6+

 

Low

8-11

  >0

  >0

   >0

 

 

4. At Key Stage 4 in Wales, the following definitions apply:

PA definition

  Alps Bands

 Y8 WNT Score

High

  1-3

  108+

Middle

  4-6

  89+

Low

  7-11

  >0


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