Tag: data


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

Professional confidence in “data drops”

Having led a school and currently teaching full-time, I am immersed in a unique professional experience. Here is what has got a hold of my attention. Aggregation is the friend of reliability I am teaching a core subject. We have interim, in class, controlled assessments. The way I have set up my teaching, is to…
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1 Feb ’20 0

Accountability for 12%

The interim review phase of leadership reminded me to search out a bookmarked social media post from Thomas Rogers. Targets (I implore you to not use that term “aims / objectives”) were set back in October. We are approaching internal and external assessments and as yet we do not have any terminal performance data to assess what has been…
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9 May ’18 0

Driving achievement for disadvantaged pupils

Is there collective noun for a group of coincidences? This is a post about four discrete coincidences, the respect for a colleague, a governors meeting, a conference presentation, an interview task, a blog post by John Tomsett, and a tweet from Assistant Headteacher Steve Logan. At The Wellington Academy, my colleague Rob Wood has been working with our staff,…
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17 Jun ’15 0

More, for the more able and disadvantaged

School leaders know data in their schools, they may most probably how their school data compares to National data benchmarks. More recently schools leaders have been directed to explore the gaps within their school. Then there are data specialists and / or analysts who know data, and some know data and education. Gifted Phoenix is one such education policy analyst,…
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19 Apr ’15 0

Within school variation

Seeing as research is the hot top and that I enjoy a splash of data here and there, let me share this corker of a databite (like a sound bite, only based on data) from a reputable education charity (backed by a leading Academy chain and government grants) at a Middle Leader event –  …
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