The 2019 Data for Leadership Survey carried out by GL Education in March/April 2019 revealed that one of the fastest growing challenges faced by schools is the need to triangulate data from a wide range of assessments.
Where many schools used to rely on simple measures of attainment and progress, increasingly this is being contextualised with data on student abilities, attitudes to learning and of course individual learning support needs. The information produced by all this data offers the opportunity to identify and act on every individual student’s learning requirements, to ensure they achieve their full potential while addressing any wellbeing concerns.
But how can schools ensure that the right data is available and acted on at each level, without overloading staff to the point that they are unable to assimilate and act on the information effectively?
Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) has a well-established assessment structure that ensures relevant data are reviewed and acted on at all levels within the school. In this series of four webinars, teachers and leaders from JESS describe how this system works at their level and offer guidance for each function from classroom to senior leader.
Presenter: Luke Rees
Job Title: Assistant Head Teacher
Date of webinar: Thursday 23 May, 09:00 UK time
At this level, the strategic assessment calendar is set, pupil progress is monitored, cohort data is compared over time and with other cohorts to identify additional resourcing needs, highlighting areas of strength and areas for development. Whole-school targets are set and the effectiveness of agreed intervention strategies is reviewed.
Presenter: Amy Mulgrew
Job Title: Class Teacher (Maths Coordinator)
Date of webinar: Thursday 30 May, 09:00 UK time
Class teachers focus on individual student data, looking for cases of under or over-achievement and evaluating this information in the context of attitudinal data, teacher assessment and other indicators. Learning Support and Middle Leaders are notified, where appropriate, and are available to support interventions. Parental involvement is encouraged.
Presenter: Emma Dibden
Job Title: Head of Learning Support and Inclusion Champion
Date of webinar: Wednesday 12 June, 09:00 UK time
With a view across the school, Learning Support again looks at student level data to identify students who may be at risk or who are displaying uneven or inconsistent profiles. A range of additional screener tests are used to further investigate the student’s individual profile. This includes context from the team around the child; students, parents, class teachers, Middle Leaders and SLT where appropriate.
Presenter: Janine Johnston
Job Title: Year Group Leader (Head of Pupil Learning and Progress)
Date of webinar: Thursday 20 June, 09:00 UK time
Year Group Leaders focus on trends and outliers. Outcomes might include changing the curriculum to suit the needs of new cohorts or setting up targeted intervention groups.
As well as listening to the webinar series, you can download the presentations, the Rubic’s cube graphics and charts and reports referred to in the Learning Support webinar.