SSAT’s work set up a clear and useful measure of value added in education

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Professor David Jesson, University of York; associate director, SSAT, 2003-2010

One of the defining roles of SSAT in its various incarnations has been to provide schools with the capacity to understand how well they contribute to their pupils’ progress and attainment, and the confidence to improve it. Alongside this essential ‘self-awareness’, is an insistence on challenging schools to explore whether their pupils’ performance over a whole range of subject areas and indicators is capable of improvement.

The early official method used for ‘comparing schools’ depended wholly on school…

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