Announcing a New Datapoint: Update February 2021
Updated Wednesday 10th February 2021.
Since we produced our first datapoint in October 2020 we have learnt that once again, for the second year running, there will be no statutory assessment.
So we are pleased to announce that we have updated the Juniper National Dataset with a new datapoint – Autumn 2020. This second datapoint will allow schools to judge how their pupils are performing against national data at the end of a term which, for many schools, saw a return to more normal education. The dataset has expanded with the inclusion of data from our schools who use Pupil Asset Tracker, meaning we now have data from over 6000 schools and 1.47 million pupils!
As before schools who use one of tracking products will be emailed an analysis shortly – if it doesn’t appear by February half-term please get in touch.
As always, if you want help interpreting your data or identifying CPD opportunities then we are here to support you.
Now Available For All
We’re pleased to announce that we can now provide an analysis tool for schools who don’t use a Juniper pupil tracking solution.
The tool allows schools to enter their percentages of pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 working at age related expectations or above by year group for:
Cohort, Gender, SEN, Pupil Premium.
You will get instant feedback on how your school is performing compared with the dataset.
Why We Need a National Dataset
In what seems a different time now I used to be able to say “Jane is a level 2c writer” and my colleagues, even at a different school, would (a) have a good idea of what Jane could do and (b) where she should go next in her learning.
With the advent of the new National Curriculum we lost that shared vocabulary around attainment and with it the ease of comparing pupils across schools. However, as educators, we want to know how our students are performing relative to other settings, especially in year groups where we don’t have national data sets.
There are two issues; having access to a nationally representative dataset and being able to describe attainment in a way which is useful to all schools regardless of how their pupils are assessed.
We Can Help You
With unparalleled numbers of assessments entered using one of our pupil trackers, we are delighted to announce the Juniper National Dataset.
We have collected current Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 assessments for Autumn 2020 from OTrack, Target Tracker, Classroom Monitor and Pupil Asset.
Of course all the data is anonymous, but we know who receives pupil premium, is SEN, etc. so we can look at contextual groups.
That’s data from:
Regardless of the source of the data we can judge how pupils are performing against Age Related Expectations (ARE)
With this approach we can develop a national dataset which will work for all schools regardless of their choice of tracker.
Why is Benchmarking so Important?
There are many reasons, but I’ll unpick a few for you here:
Being Critical About Performance – knowing how your setting compares to the national picture is a useful starting point in deciding how you are doing as a school.
Unpicking Differences – being able to compare the performance of difference groups (boys, girls, SEN etc.) will help you determine if any groups are not reaching comparable levels of attainment.
Set Effective Targets for Improvement – being able to say where, as a school, you are in comparison with other schools will help identify areas for improvement and set a realistic target.
Set New Standards – your expectations of attainment are an important aspect of setting your school’s standards. With a good idea of how pupils perform nationally you can set your expectations to be challenging but achievable.
Get in Touch if You’re Interested to Know More
For our customers – look out for your email with your school’s comparison report shortly.
If you’d like help interpreting your data or identifying CPD opportunities, then we are here to support you.
We’re also looking forward to repeating the report with this year’s data, providing insights into the affect of the pandemic on attainment across the key stages.
If you don’t use one of our pupil trackers but would like to know more then please get in touch!