Which hat are you wearing today? Data scientist?

Headteachers, which of your many hats did you wear today? Carer, mediator, janitor… what about data scientist? From attainment tracking to attendance, school leaders spend a lot of their time with their data scientist hat on. How confident do you feel when you have your “data scientist” hat on? Even the most confident data analystsContinue reading “Which hat are you wearing today? Data scientist?”

3 tips on how to measure ‘catching up’

As more children and young people return to face-to-face learning, there are many discussions going on related to ‘catching up’. How we measure the progress schools make in this area can be challenging. I hope these 3 tips will support your thinking around this. What are you comparing against? With any data analysis, every numberContinue reading “3 tips on how to measure ‘catching up’”

“So what……?” Are you spending time on collecting data with no purpose?

The impact of Covid-19 on the health and wellbeing of children can be felt by everyone involved in education. Being able to quantify this impact is not an easy task.   Schools are full of data; pupil attendance, SIMD, free school lunches, standardised tests, parental feedback, teacher assessments…. the list goes on. All this dataContinue reading ““So what……?” Are you spending time on collecting data with no purpose?”

How confident are you in your data?

Schools seem to be flooded with data: from tests, feedback, teacher assessments…. but does all your data tell the same story.   If you had to choose two teachers within your school to assess the ability of your pupils, would each child be given the same score by the two teachers? If every child hadContinue reading “How confident are you in your data?”

“What gets measured gets managed”…..vs. I’m sure everything is fine (!)

I am very blessed to have two beautiful, healthy daughters who keep me very busy! Unsurprisingly a lot of my time is focused on making sure they have everything they need (and everyone else including myself comes after). However, at a recent blood test to check how I was recovering after having my baby, itContinue reading ““What gets measured gets managed”…..vs. I’m sure everything is fine (!)”

Best practice for analysing data

Over the last 10 years I have seen many principles for analytical best practice. The five that apply regardless of the data you are looking at are, Rubbish In – Rubbish Out What gets measured gets managed The trend is your friend So what……? Insight to Action Over the next few posts I will goContinue reading “Best practice for analysing data”