Interpreting your Data
Before we even get as far as looking at the data you can view, it is important to ensure that you know that the data you will find is up to date and accurate. Reading through our Best Practice for Teachers page can help with this.
When looking at data, we are finding that schools are finding the move away from the linear model of levels quite challenging. Most pupils are moved onto new age related objectives at the start of each academic year, with gaps being quickly filled along the way, rather than being progressed gradually from an individual starting point. This can leave us in the trap of recreating a levels culture which we must seek to avoid...and apart from anything else, the points progress system no longer works in the way we are used to expecting!
What will give me an overview of what is happening in classrooms?
There are a couple of places to look which will give you some ideas around what is happening in class. This first video shows you where you might find flags to help you to then delve deeper and have a look at what is happening in those classes to see if the data is actually reflecting the classroom. It is important, especially in the life after levels world, that judgements recorded do match evidence in books or elsewhere, so this data is just the first port of call in that investigation which can then help SLT to focus their book scrutinies or other observations.
When I have found an issue in the data, how do I use the markbooks for more information?
This next video talks through some ideas around using the markbooks, alongside observations and book scrutiny, to see if teachers' judgements in Classroom Monitor match what is happening in class.
Can I still use a kind of "points" progress? What about for target setting?
The answer to this is kind of yes and kind of no! There is no consistently comparable 'points progress' which works in the same way as the old 'points progress'. However, all systems which produce graphs must have numerical steps of some sort in the background, so if you understand them and want to use them then by all means do. We need to be careful not to use them for targets, however, and just to use them to look back at data. This video explains the hows and whys of using the "points" in Classroom Monitor. We would also advise against using these to explain evidence to external agencies - a lack of consistency from school to school makes this a bit of a minefield - but they are used to great effect by many SLT who use the information to build up the narrative they need to impact on teaching and learning.