# Average Point score. What exactly does it mean?

Discussion in 'Ofsted inspections' started by bobspoons, Jan 15, 2011.

1. ### bobspoons

How is a school&rsquo;s average point score interpreted?
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Example 1
School A has an GCSE average point score is (relatively) high but a 5A*-C figure which is (relatively) low.
Example 2
For school B if the average GCSE point score is low, but the 5A*-C figure is (relatively) high.

2. ### robby64

School A : This scenario would exist in a school where candidates are entered for many GCSEs, half GCSEs, BTECs, COPE etc but don't make it to the golden 5. You might get many candidates that get maybe 4 C grades for COPE, BTECs etc. and lower grades for GCSEs taken. They would then have collected a good range of points, but won't have necessarily reached the golden 5.
This scenario will guide the inspection into lines of enquiry. An inspector in school A might investigate whether middle ability are being stretched enough (why aren't grade Cs being reached?). They might look at the suitability of the curriculum for all abilities and they might look at how the school is preparing pupils for their economic well-being and how well the school promotes equal opportunities given that pupils in other schools on average obtain more A*-C grades.
For school B, the reason might be the opposite of A, in which few subjects are taken by candidates but the school ensures many pupils (usually through interventions) reach the C threshold. Inspection might focus on whether the breadth of the curriculum is sufficient. It might also be a sign that middle and high ability aren't being challenged enough, so not enough grade A*-B are being reached. Usually the last few pages of Raise online will give a better picture of A* and A grades against national averages and whether higher ability are being challenged.
Hope this helps.

3. ### bobspoons

Very well explained Robby64 and seems to make sense. Thanks.