Progression Guidance Information

Progression Guidance Information Sheet

National Progression Guidance is advice given to schools focusing on the use of attainment and progress data where learners are working below expected levels. The Department for Education’s progression guidance document is designed to help schools identify the sort of targets that they should be setting based on the level of the pupil.  

The Government has set out basic rules for targeting; however these rules do not always fit with the data the Government itself has collected. The Government has collected data from schools throughout England and has summarised the data, which it shows in data tables, known as datasets. The data shows the progress made by pupils in schools comparing the results at the end of one key stage to the results at the end of the next key stage. 

At Kemball School, progress data is collected and analysed at the end of each term.  The important purpose of assessment is to inform teaching and learning. Assessment enables us to track pupils’ progress, to deliver appropriately challenging lessons and to design future learning. Throughout the year we engage in moderation exercises to ensure accurate teacher assessment.

At the end of each key stage pupils will fall into one of the following categories based on the progress they made, in line with Progression Guidance:  

Lower Quartile (LQ)

Median Quartile (MQ)

Upper Quartile (UQ)

Below expected progress

25% of pupils nationally

Expected progress

50% of pupils nationally

Above expected progress

25% of pupils nationally


Although schools should aim for pupils to be achieving Median and Upper Quartiles, it is important to note that a pupil achieving the lower quartile may be making good progress based on their starting points.