Analysing pupil performance data (secondary)

Analysing your school's performance data is a key part of understanding attainment and improving teaching and learning. Read our guidance on how to go about it, including what to focus on, and how to analyse data from ASP and IDSR.

Last reviewed on 11 April 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Use these performance data tools and sources
  2. Ask yourself these questions when analysing
  3. Consider these deeper focus areas
  4. ASP
  5. IDSR
  6. Next steps

Use these performance data tools and sources


There are various tools that allow you to analyse different performance data, such as:

  • Analyse School Performance (ASP) for headline measures, such as progress 8 and attainment 8 (see later in the article on how to analyse data using ASP)
  • Inspection data summary report (IDSR) for 2019 and 2021 year group contextual information, and 2019 performance data, including Key Stage (KS) 4 subject-level data
  • DfE school comparison tool to compare exam and test results with other schools
  • Your school spreadsheets that record in-class test results, student voice confidence levels and syllabus coverage, for example
  • Local models for analysis, such as local authority (LA) or academy models
  • Purchased models linked to schemes of work


You can use data from: