FFT 2021 Year 7 Transition Service

GCSE estimates for your new Year 7 students

Make the best possible start this autumn

With no national KS2 tests in 2021, understanding and supporting Year 7 students will again be challenging. That’s why we’re working in partnership with GL Assessment  to ensure that both Year 7 and Year 8 students can make the best possible start this autumn.

FFT GCSE estimates for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils

Schools using GL Assessment’s CAT4 tests can upload their results to Aspire.  You’ll then have access to a full set of FFT GCSE subject estimates for all your pupils, allowing you to set targets and monitor progress as normal.

This year we’re extending the service so you can now upload CAT4 data for both Year 7 AND Year 8 pupils. Great news if you didn’t take part last year or want to fill in any missing assessment gaps.

It's all available in Aspire

With CAT4 assessments in Aspire, you can access the full range of pupil, subject and school-based estimates for your Year 7 and year 8 cohorts. Use FFT’s interactive Target Setting dashboard in order to monitor progress and set aspirational targets.

Year 7 Transition Service timeline

Key dates

  • 16 September - Service opens

    Schools can start uploading their CAT4 results to Aspire

  • 23 September - First window closes

    First CAT4 results are processed

  • 1 October - Access reports

    First FFT GCSE estimates available in Aspire

The service will continue throughout the autumn term in weekly windows.  i.e. window 2 will open on 23 September and close on 30 September with reports available by 8 October.

See it live – join our webinars

Want to find out more about the FFT Year 7 Transition Service? Join us at our next demonstration event where we’ll be providing an overview of the service and taking schools through the process step by step.

Using CAT4 data in FFT Aspire

Help & information

Free webinars and help will be available throughout the year.

We'll help you to access the service, complete the process and understand your estimates.

Webinar dates will be posted here soon.

FFT Support

To find out more about the FFT Year 7 Transition Service, contact our support team directly by emailing support@fft.org.uk or calling 01446 776262 (option 2).

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Contact our sales team directly by emailing sales@fft.org.uk or calling 01446 500919.

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About CAT4 tests

CAT4 supports primary to secondary transition through the provision of retrospective Key Stage 2 indicators, 9-1 GCSE indicators and insights into students’ reasoning abilities. Together, these give a broad and accurate overview of your students.

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