Welcome to Calcul:8

In simple terms, Calcul:8 takes a spreadsheet of exam results or predictions, maps individual columns to individual subjects, then quickly calculates the Progress 8 score for each pupil as well as a provisional Progress 8 score and confidence limits for the whole cohort. It's even completely up-to-date with the DfE's rule changes announced in February 2015.

One Deputy Head says, "I really like the fact that it just sorts all the buckets. That's the real gold-dust in the product. Sorting the buckets is hideous, and Calcul:8 just does it, including the rules concerning English Literature and eBacc subjects."

Calcul:8 does the whole thing in just a minute or two once you've set the mappings up, which also is a job of minutes. Mappings can be saved for future use, saving even more time.

If that was all it does, it would just save a weekend for the SLT every few weeks. But Calcul:8 does more.

Where Do I Get It?

Calcul:8 can be downloaded from this website right now. It can be run in either unregistered or registered mode. Various functions are restricted in unregistered mode, such as the number of pupils that can be processed and the ability to output data. An annual licence for a school currently costs only 350 + VAT.

Show Me

OK. Here's a video giving a brief introduction to Progress 8 and showing how quickly Calcul:8 works out the results, and some of the other neat stuff it does. It's even got a funky music backing track - sorry, that's our video capture software for you.

Why is Progress 8 Important?

From the summer of 2016, all secondary schools in England will be assessed on the new Progress 8 measure, which relies on individual scores calculated for each pupil and is a way of measuring the value the school has added to the individual's education. Schools can opt into this new performance measure for the summer 2015 results.

Most forward-thinking schools will already be considering Progress 8 in terms of the curriculum they are offering current Year 9 and Year 10 pupils, but calculating a Progress 8 score is a time-consuming task. The new system is designed around "buckets", with each bucket only accepting certain subjects and capped at a certain number.

In order to work out a Progress 8 score for a student, you need to rank their exam results in order, determine which bucket, if any, the result goes into, determine the scores corresponding to each result, duplicate some scores if certain criteria are met, then adjust the overall score by the expected results based on Key Stage 2 inputs.

It can easily take a couple of minutes per student just to make sure you've got the results in the correct buckets, let alone carry out any calculations - but Calcul:8 is here to help.

Tell Me More

Using Calcul:8, you can highlight categories of pupils and sort results, such as SEN, gender or pupil premium. You can quickly compare results between different groups. You can look at individual pupils and subjects in detail. Calcul:8 also helps you verify the exam details you enter using the QAN codes, invaluable for checking whether a particular exam scheme counts under the Progress 8 measures.

Coping with fine-grading and absenteeism, Calcul:8 can even do what-if analyses, so you can see what the impact would be if the grade boundaries in a subject are amended.

The calculated results can be pasted into other applications, such as Microsoft Excel, for more detailed follow-on analysis.

One Deputy Head says, "It's allowed us to identify those students who would have been fine under the 5 A* to C measure, but who are seriously underperforming under the new Progress 8 measure. It gives us a list of students who used to be fine but are now big problems. Calcul:8 literally gives you everything you need to measure school performance."

 

Contact Information

Calcul:8 is written, maintained and sold by Aurum Solutions Ltd.

Postal address:
61 Windmill Avenue
WOKINGHAM
Berks RG41 3XA

EMail:

Sales:sales@calcul-8.co.uk
Customer Support:support@calcul-8.co.uk
Twitter:@Calcul_8