Value Added at A Level
‘Value Added’ is the outcome of extensive research conducted by CEM at Durham University. Their research started over thirty years ago and fundamentally looks at the differences between baseline testing and examination results, the difference between the two being the ‘value added’ by the educational institution. This is a marker for the quality of teaching.
We do our initial baseline testing using a Computer Adaptive Test in the Lower Sixth, which means that all students, including those joining us for the first time and/or from overseas, are assessed using the same criteria, rather than just using past examination results. This guides teaching staff on relative abilities and is just one of the many tools used to ensure that students stay on track. Through outstanding teaching and continuous assessment, we are able to help students to reach their full potential and this is often someway beyond those early grade predictions.
The quality of the teaching at Bishop’s Stortford College is such that we are able to improve, often significantly, the results students achieve. Without undue pressure, students are inspired and encouraged. Their learning is often self-driven: we are a place where it is normal, or ‘cool’, to study and to work hard.
Our Value Added scores are consistently high and for 2016 put us in the top 10 percentile when rated against other schools in the UK – both state and independent. This is something we are justifiably proud of.
In the graph below, the black line at the top is our Value Added score. The shaded areas either side of the zero line represent 95% and 99.7% confidence limits. Values above these levels are considered significant. The teaching at the College is clearly having a significant impact upon the performance of the pupils.
You can see our Value Added data for Senior School here.