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There is a lot of data available to schools - so we've created a downloadable guide on how to use it to support school improvement planning, when to use it throughout the year and who should be involved. You will also find case studies on how three schools use data.

Types of data to support improvement: expert advice

We worked with one of our associate education experts, David New, to produce a KeyDoc outlining what data is available and how it can help schools:

  • Identify trends and issues
  • Plan goals, such as objectives/actions in the school improvement plan (SIP)
  • Track progress toward goals

The KeyDoc also suggests who should use each type of data and how frequently. 

KeyDoc: Data available to support school improvement

Data for different groups of pupils

David Driscoll, one of our associate education experts, suggested breaking data down into:

  • Attainment groups – whether pupils are high, middle, or low attainers
  • Pupils with special educational needs (SEN)
  • Gender

Other groups may be useful to look at depending on your schools context. For example, you may have a high proportion of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) or eligible for free school meals (FSM).

Using data to drive improvement: case studies

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