Getting to Grips with Accountability Measures Conference

08:50 - 16:00, 27 September 2018 Manchester

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£275 +VAT (one delegate)
£225 +VAT (pp, two or more delegates)

"A must for any SLT member with responsibility for data. Wisdom, expertise and a good measure of common sense shared openly." Delegate, 2017

Returning in autumn 2018, these popular conferences will guide and support leaders as they navigate their way through the sea of school performance data.  

Highlighting changes to headline measures, including changes to Progress 8 and the new EBacc points measure, these essential conferences will also tackle recent announcements regarding changes to the floor standard and coasting.

ASCL’s data conferences provide:

  • advice to school leaders on how to interpret and respond to data

  • a summary of changes to key tools such as Analyse School Performance and Ofsted’s IDSR

  • an opportunity to understand how best to use performance data for self-evaluation and improvement

  • a number of workshops, including a session for anyone new to leading data in a secondary school

Suitable for members of the senior leadership team, school data managers, and officers in local authorities and multi-academy trusts.


Registration and refreshments


Welcome and introductions


Data update
Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, ASCL


The impact of 9-1 grading on interpreting data and performance measures
David Blow, Head, The Ashcombe School


Refreshment break


The Devil’s in the Data. The impact of AI on outcomes in our schools and how we use it to reduce teacher workload by a day a week
Priya Lakhani OBE, CEO and Founder, Century Tech


How Progress 8 is influenced by factors beyond individual schools’ control
Paul Charman, Managing Director, FFT




Workshop session 1

  1. New to Managing Data
    Rebecca St John, School Data Consultant and Trainer
    Suitable for new data managers or senior leaders with involvement in the administration and/or analysis of student assessment, tracking and performance data, this workshop will provide the information and knowledge to navigate the annual data cycle successfully. Delegates will learn about key moments in the data calendar: what to expect, when and where to look, investigate tools to support assessment analysis and performance tracking, and discuss baselines and options for target setting.

  2. Using FFT Aspire and national research from FFT Education Datalab to monitor pupil progress with the new 9-1 GCSEs
    Paul Charman, Managing Director, FFT
    This workshop will explore how schools can analyse and monitor pupil progress for the new 9-1 GCSEs using the latest reports and analyses available in FFT Aspire. We’ll cover the analysis of 2018 results, monitoring value-added progress for each subject and tracking progress for your current students. Using data from the 1,600 schools which have participated in the FFT’s new 2018 KS4 Early Results service, we’ll share the national picture and examine the trends and implications for schools.  Finally, we’ll have a look at some of the latest research from FFT Education Datalab, including a new report for schools analysing changes in GCSE entry patterns.

  3. Understanding the detail of the impact of 9-1 grading
    David Blow, Head, The Ashcombe School
    This workshop looks at some of the more technical aspects of the performance data, with a particular focus on the new 9-1 GCSEs, the Progress 8 spreadsheet and the use of the Subject Transition Matrices. The latter enable a school to analyse the performance of pupils in each subject relative to the national figures, taking into account the KS2 starting point of each pupil, and complement the Progress 8 spreadsheet.
    It will also look further into the challenges of understanding your own school performance relative to the national picture, exploring the year-on-year changes at a national level, and how these need to be taken into account to achieve a correct interpretation.


Workshop session 2 (repeat)


Data clinic     


Final questions and close


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