Workshop session one (please attend one of the following sessions)
1. Getting under the skin of school performance
Tiffnie Harris, Assistant Headteacher, Thomas Alleyne’s High School
Duncan Baldwin, ASCL Deputy Director of Policy: Structures
This seminar will explore how to use data to get right to the core of school performance and get the right story. Duncan and Tiffnie will show how superficial analysis, using tools like ASP and IDSR, can lead to incorrect or partial conclusions, and that to fully understand what’s going on, you need a range of resources used at the right time in the right way.
2. Understanding the detail of the impact of 9-1 grading
David Blow, Headteacher, The Ashcombe School
This workshop looks at some of the more technical aspects of 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 enables 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 complements 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.
3. Ofsted and internal data
Stephen Rollett, ASCL Curriculum and Inspection Specialist
Ofsted is currently consulting on their plans for a new inspection framework, due to start in September 2019. The inspectorate is proposing not to look at schools’ internal data. In this workshop, we will explore three reasons why Ofsted might have made this decision and what it might mean for how schools and inspectors assess pupils’ progress. Views of delegates will help to inform this aspect of ASCL’s response to Ofsted’s consultation.