A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Minimum Expected Grades

In response to requests from parents, please find below an explanation of how student minimum expected grades are generated:

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Minimum Expected Grades (MEG) at KS3 and KS4

What is an MEG?

For each subject your son/daughter takes they will receive a predictor produced by Fischer Family Trust (FFT).  FFT processes the National Pupil Database for the DfE and provides data and analyses to all schools and LAs in England and Wales.  The predictors are used to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational expected grades for students.

The FFT database predicts the end of KS3 levels that students with the same levels at KS2 are most likely to achieve; we use this as the Minimum Expected Grade (MEG).  Students at Helsby, however, often make better progress than the national average and we therefore, where students are already achieving their MEG, expect teachers to discuss with your son/daughter a Student Aspirational Target (STG).  The Student Aspirational Target will ensure they are challenged to realise their full potential.

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Minimum Expected Grades at A level

What is a Minimum Expected Grade?

For each subject your son/daughter takes they will receive a predictor produced by the A-Level Information System (ALIS). ALIS is a target setting system that calculates subject specific predictors for A level subjects based on a student’s GCSE average point score.  The predictors are used to inform the setting of ambitious and aspirational targets for students.

The ALIS system produces information on the percentage chance of attaining the grade compared to other students of similar ability in the national data base – the grade with the highest percentage chance, is the Minimum Expected Grade (MEG).  Students at Helsby, however, make better progress than the national average and we therefore, expect teachers to discuss with your son/daughter a Student Aspirational Target (STG).  The Student Aspirational Target will ensure they are challenged to realise their full potential.

How are the Minimum Expected Grades Used?

The Minimum Expected Grades grades are used to help discuss student progress with: students; form tutors; teachers and parents.

This will help you to know how well your son/daughter is doing and what they need to do to reach their Minimum Expected Grade.

All student agreed targets (STG) are reviewed regularly during the year; students are encouraged to be aspirational and the student agreed target may be changed to provide a further challenge if appropriate.  

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If you would like further information or wish to discuss your child’s Minimum Expected Grades, please contact a Year Leader using one of the email addresses below: