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Integrating P Scales with National Curriculum Points and Levels

Back in 2007 the National Strategies put forward this table showing the link between p-scales and National Curriculum sublevels. Most schools I visit are unaware of its existence. So here it is:

With this structure in place you can track individual pupil progress from p-scale to mainscale national cuurriculum. You can also calculate points progress from (say) p7 to 1a (i.e 6 points). The average points score of any group that includes p-scale results is also possible.

If only there was a way to integrate foundation stage scores into this table!

By the way, if you’re using Capita’s tracking system you’ll struggle to amend the existing gradeset to include the p levels. This is because all imported gradesets (like the NC Sublevels gradeset provided by Capita) are locked. There’s no easy way round this problem. I always make sure that gradesets are created ‘in school’ or at least on the commonly available training data (‘Waters Edge’). This ensures that gradesets are easily editable. More about this in a later post.

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2 Responses to “Integrating P Scales with National Curriculum Points and Levels”

  1. The information on integrating P Scales with National Curriculum levels and points is really useful. Thanks
    Is there any way of comparing EYFS points with National Curriculum levels?

    Posted by jacqui | May 16, 2011, 8:41 am
    • Hi Jacqui,

      Sadly, there’s no official way of integrating EYFS scores and the NC levels (indeed early years professionals insist that its wrong to do so). I do know, however, that some schools have successfully created an unofficial points equivalence for the EYFS scores by pitching p8 at a level just underneath a 1c and working down. Let me know if you want more details.


      Posted by david | May 22, 2011, 1:58 pm

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I've been working with ICT in schools and local government continuously since 1987 and over the years have made thousands of visits to schools in both the primary and secondary sector. I founded School Analytics Ltd in 2012 and in my spare time I'm also the Chair of Governors for my local primary school.
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