Category: Data for learning

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

How accurate are teacher forecast grades?

Basic in 2012, I invested a lot of time researching forecasting pupil performance. Specifically CATs and FFT. In 2015, as part of our Improvement Strategy we wanted to feedback to Heads of Department on their prediction accuracy – on a “optimism-pessimism” scale and designed an assessment tool. Very simplistically, as you can see, variance of…
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31 Mar ’20 0

Knowing our students

Significant accountability*, curriculum and assessment reform is impacting upon our schools. There is barely pause for breath before adding careers guidance reform, the SEN Code of Practice, [breathe] pay and conditions reform is front with centre and capital funding rarely removed from the review / todo list. It is reassuring that government is engaging “closely and constructively with the profession…
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29 Oct ’14 0

Leading data – what might it look like?

In preparation for the ASCL Workshop I revisited a visual diagram of leading data I have been building, rebulding and adding to as I work with the data team at The Wellington Academy. This is where I am at currently. It is an animated slide that maps the school principles, government policy, leadership and practice. Any thoughts?…
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17 Sep ’14 0

Leadership of Data ’14

Any day that starts with bacon baps has a potential to become a good day. The ASCL Leadership of Data most certainly turned out to be a “good day,” more importantly it was an informative and insightful day that will impact on how we forward plan at our school. The conference opened with a warm welcome from Peter Kent – ASCL President…
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17 Sep ’14 0

Best 8 – performance tables

In case you did not know Schools currently improve their league table position if pupils move over the C/D borderline. This gives schools a huge incentive to focus excessively on the small number of pupils around the 5 Cs borderline. …the current accountability framework discourages schools from focusing on the lowest attaining pupils. The 5…
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22 Nov ’13 0

Value Added

I have covered the basics of transition matrices before though I raise it again because to make valid assertions as to school and Department performance comparisons, we must take into account the ability profile in each subject in our schools – (it is the same premise that is driving our personalised student estimates and curriculum…
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13 Oct ’13 0