Download Calcul:8

Click here to download the latest version of Calcul:8. Calcul:8 will run on Windows 7 and Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

The download is a zip file which contains an exe file which installs the program. The zip file needs to be extracted and saved somewhere on your computer. To install Calcul:8, simply run the exe and answer the questions. Please note that Calcul:8 requires the Microsoft .net Framework 4.5.2 to be installed. The download does include this (hence it's size of around 70MB), but it may mean that your computer needs a reboot before Calcul:8 can run.

By default the installation program will attempt to install Calcul:8 into the Windows/Program Files folder. If this folder is protected, then you can choose another folder, although then the program may also struggle to register the other software components Calcul:8 needs to work. Instead we strongly recommend that an administrator user for the PC installs the software - please see your school's IT manager for further details.

Calcul:8 is licenced by an unlock code which we provide. Calcul:8 will run without an unlock code, but various functions will either be restricted or disabled. To order an unlock code for a year, click here - an annual licence costs only 350 + VAT.

Click here to view the software licence agreement.

Calcul:8 Outputs

In addition to calculating the Progress 8 and value-added scores, Calcul:8 can also provide a number of other useful outputs:

Calcul:8 can highlight rows based on particular criteria, such as the number of subjects counting towards a Progress 8 score.

Calcul:8 can provide a snapshot of a pupil's performance, and can allow you to see what happens to the Progress 8 and value-added scores if results are different from the projected results.

Calcul:8 can provide a list of subjects taken, and can report on the number of pupils taking each subject and the number of times the subject counts towards a Progress 8 score.

Calcul:8 can provide the mean and confidence intervals on the cohort's value-added score, as well as statistics for various categories of pupils, such as EAL or Pupil Premium.

Calcul:8's output can (for registered sites only) be copied to the Microsoft Windows Clipboard for pasting into other programs such as Microsoft Excel if more detailed analysis is required.

Registered users can adjust grades, to see what the impact of moving grade boundaries would be.

Calcul:8 can also produce scatter plots to allow you to visually compare pupils and cohorts.

Progress 8 and Other Calculations

Progress 8 is a measure introduced for secondary schools, and will be used by DfE to monitor schools' performance from 2016. Schools can opt into it from 2015.

It works by calculating an attainment score for each pupil based on the exams that have been taken, and then comparing this to an expected attainment score based on the pupil's average Key Stage 2 results.

The actual calculation details are available on the DfE website but, in summary, each pupil's exams are inspected to see whether they can go into one of three buckets:

  • Bucket 1 is for core competencies, so one Maths and one English exam can be placed here.
  • Bucket 2 is for the eBacc subjects, and a maximum of three subjects can be placed here.
  • Bucket 3 is for any unallocated subject, and a maximum of three subjects can be placed here.

Each exam grade is given a points equivalent, so (for 2016 exams) an A* at GCSE gains 8 points, while a G gains 1 point. Different points are allocated for different types of exams. Calcul:8 can handle all Progress 8 qualifying subjects, including BTECs and other types of qualifications. The total points in each bucket are calculated. Maths in bucket 1 is always doubled. English in bucket 1 is doubled if a second English exam is also taken. This gives a maximum score of 80.

The KS2 scores are then averaged for each pupil. Calcul:8 uses the data based on 2014 results published by the DfE to determine the expected score for each KS2 average score. Registered users can adjust these expected scores. The difference between the expected score and the actual attainment is calculated, and this gives the value-added score. This score is then aggregated across the cohort, and a mean and confidence interval is calculated.

Contact Information

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

Postal address:
61 Windmill Avenue
Berks RG41 3XA