What is ‘Progress 8’ exactly?

If your child is in secondary school, not doubt you’ve heard about the change in how the GSCE results are published this year. For those of you who aren’t sure, we’ve put together some key facts to help you make some sense of it all.


Progress 8 is a new way of measuring secondary school performance, encouraging schools to offer a broad and balanced curriculum in KS4*. The new system will measure the progress of pupils from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.

School’s will then receive a Progress 8 score, usually between -1 and +1 which show whether they are above or below the national average.

Progress 8 will replace the existing measure from A* to C with a much fairer measure, according to the Department for Education. The results of up to 8 different subjects are counted in Progress 8, with English and Math double weighted.

For a short summary of what Progress 8 is, you can watch this short video.


* KS4 refers to the two years of secondary school that incorporate GCSEs and other exams. In England, they are usually known as Year 10 and Year 11. Pupils are then aged between 14 and 16.