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Is there a list of questions we can use to analyse our benchmarking data? One of our associate education experts has suggested a list of questions to help schools analyse benchmarking data, which we provide as a printable KeyDoc. We also relay information from the Department for Education.

Sample questions for analysing benchmarking data

We asked Kate Foale, one of our associate education experts, to suggest questions that school leaders can use when analysing benchmarking data.

We relay Kate's suggestions below, and have also created a printable KeyDoc with space for you to record comments or observations after each question. This can be downloaded through the link below:

KeyDoc: Benchmarking data - questions to generate discussion and analysis

How does our spending compare with the spending of similar schools (for example, with similar numbers on roll/budget)? What does that tell us? How does this compare with last year? What is the trend and what does this tell us? If the trend is changing, is it because of one-off expenditures? Is this likely to continue? Why? What is the comparison between spending on teaching versus non-teaching costs? Is this changing? Why? Is this affecting teaching, learning and pupils’ experience? What is the

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