4 March 2021 – As the school gates open to all pupils from 8th March, primary schools are preparing to discover the true impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on their students’ education.
To support schools with their recovery plans, Juniper Education has launched a free online analysis tool to help primary settings compare reading, writing and maths teacher assessment data with other schools around the country.
The analysis tool enables primary schools to easily assess their attainment alongside the Juniper National Dataset, which was taken from more than 6,000 primary schools representing over 1.47 million pupils in England.
Former primary head, Stephan Nicholls, who works as an education consultant for Juniper Education, said: “Being able to see exactly how your school is doing compared to others is essential. The outcome might be reassuring, or it could highlight any learning gaps that need addressing. Using the analysis tool, and entering some basic attainment data, a headteacher will be able to see, for example, if their year 3s are below national age-related levels in reading, and if they are, they can quickly direct resources and efforts to give extra support.”
Frazer Westmorland, headteacher of Mundella Primary School in Kent, said: “Within minutes we now have vital insight into where we sit alongside other schools in the country. Having this information at our fingertips will help us to understand where the greatest learning losses are and will enable us to focus our teaching and support to where it’s needed most.”
To obtain the analysis, schools simply enter their at and above age-related percentages for each year group by cohort, gender, pupil premium and SEN and they are then presented with a colour-coded comparison of how their school compares to the Juniper National Dataset, which was collected at two datapoints: Autumn 2019 and Autumn 2020.
Notes to the editor:
- To access the tool visit: https://junipereducation.org/juniper-analysis-tool/
- The ‘Juniper Education National Dataset Report, February 2021 – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on primary school children’s learning’ examines teacher assessment data from more than 6,000 primary schools representing 1.47 million pupils, meaning schools have a comprehensive way to see how their school is performing compared to others in the country.
Juniper Education’s aim is to increase the effectiveness of schools, improve outcomes for learners and give teachers back more child-time. The organisation provides primary and secondary schools with software to bring pupil assessment, attendance, behaviour data and more together into one system. Juniper Education also offers services to support schools with their financial management, teacher training, HR, governance, compliance, and school visits planning. The company is backed by Horizon Capital, a leading investor in high-growth technology and business service companies.