Prior Attainment Banding (Advice from ASCL)

Prior Attainment Banding

In the absence of official guidance from the DfE around the Prior Attainment Banding information for cohorts with scaled scores, ASCL have provided a suggested course of action.

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Please note: These bands are UNOFFICIAL and are merely suggestions until the DfE releases further information.

If you would like assistance on setting these bandings up in your MIS, please contact us on the details below.

Further information can be found at www.ascl.org.uk

Click here to download guidance from DfE.


If you have any queries on this or anything else, please call us on 0345 222 1551 • Opt 3 or email the SIMS Service Desk at misservicedesk@schoolbusinessservices.co.uk


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Capita have now made available the final version of the fileset for the summer census.

For further details see our recent blog post.

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Read our blog for more details of how we can help.

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Capita have now given us further information on the CTF issue with the SIMS Spring Release (7.186).

See our blog to find out more.

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See our blog to find out more.

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See our blog to find out more.

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See our blog to find out more.

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See our blog to find out more.

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This is to help them align their service with expectations so that they can “equip schools with delivering cutting edge payment technology to their parents and employees”.

Please see our recent blog for further information.

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Please see our recent blog for further information on how we can assist you with this update.

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