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Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years Achievement


Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Achievement (2015-16 Year-End)

2016-17 year-end data will be published in November 2017.

Outcomes for Learners

Achievement rate - all levels

Achievement rates for our full-time learners aged 16-18 years have remained high and are above latest published national rates at all levels. The overall achievement rate now stands at 82.6% above the last published national rate of 79.8%. In particular, level 3 achievement (which accounts for the bulk of our core provision) continues a three year trend of improvement and is well above the national rate.

Achievement rate - level 1

Achievement rate - level 2

Achievement rate - level 3

Achievement rates - excluding Functional Skills and GCSE retakes

Level 1 and 2 achievement has shown a drop in performance, which is attributable to the change in mix and balance of Functional Skills and GCSE delivery compared to previous years. The performance of our core provision at these levels remains high – as shown in the achievement graphs above which show Functional Skills and GCSE retakes removed.

Achievement rate - level 1

Achievement rate - level 2

Achievement rate - level 3

Functional skills achievement rate - all levels

Achievement rates for Functional Skills qualifications however have shown a considerable drop, although we expect this to be echoed by a significant drop in national rates once published for 2015-16. The numbers of learners on Functional Skills programmes has dropped significantly as many of them are now undertaking GCSE retakes instead, meaning only those with GCSE grades E or below are studying Functional Skills. This has had a big impact on achievement figures and has led us to revise our approach to Functional Skills delivery for 2016-17.

GCSE retake results - two year trend

2015-16 saw a huge increase in the number of learners undertaking GCSE retakes (150% increase). Despite this, our A-C results in mathematics remained high with 52.3% of learners achieving these grades. Most importantly there was also a significant improvement in GCSE English A-C results, with 38.9% of learners achieving these grades (up from 21.3% in the previous year). Our approach to deliver GCSE retakes over a two year programme, with the opportunity for a first year achievement for more able learners, appears to give the best opportunity for achievement.

Distance travelled by learners

Alps Value Added Indicator

*Alps - Advanced level performance system

The Alps T score combines the provider’s value added indicator along with the top and bottom 25% teaching and learning indicators to provide an overall picture of performance. This is compared against the performance of all providers in the Alps benchmark and graded on a scale of 1(best) to 9 (worst).

Please note: Due to a significant shift in BTEC performance in 2015, the Alps reports have been re-benchmarked for 2015/16 and do not allow an exact comparison with previous years. The performance in 2015/16 is being compared to the 2014/15 Alps BTEC benchmark. The performance in 2014/15 is being compared to the 2012/13 Alps BTEC benchmark.

The value added score for our learners is a measure of their final grade compared to the grades and qualifications they achieved prior to their enrolment with us. It determines whether our learners are making enough progress with their studies. The ‘T score’ provides an overall measure of performance, as shown in the table above. The table shows that our overall T score for learners on BTEC National Diploma programmes is improving, but that it still needs to improve further (currently scoring 6 overall). We recognise that further work is required to ensure all of our learners not only succeed but do so with the highest possible grade.