- Same: the group is compared to the national figure for the same group e.g. boys in the cohort compared to boys nationally
- Other: the group is compared to the national figure for the opposite group e.g. disadvantaged pupils in the cohort are compared to 'other' (i.e. non-disadvantaged) pupils nationally.
- All: the group is compared to the overall national figure for all pupils e.g. SEN pupils are compared to overall national figures.
So, how do we find this data? We can download it from the DfE Statistics site, but we have to wait a few months from getting results before we get the release that contains results by pupil characteristics. The KS2 data is due on 14th December and KS4 will not be out until 25th January. Fortunately, if you use FFT Aspire, you can access the data much earlier. Here's how.
1) Login to FFT Aspire, click on 'self evaluation' and click 'attainment and progress'
4) Note the change in the national figure beneath the school result (i.e. under the main indicator graphic in large font o n the left)
Congratulations! You have now found the comparable national figure in FFT.
Note that in this example, 37% of SEN support pupils achieved the expected standard in reading in 2017. In ASP, SEN Support are compared against the overall national figure of 71%. A huge difference.
That's why it's definitely worth knowing how to find this data.