Schools can collect an inordinate amount of data about their students (and staff). But is this data being used to improve learning outcomes or just to ‘tick the box’ for the regular census returns?
Schools that take an active interest in creating and using data see significant benefits – particularly around improved student performance. Success arises by ensuring that the information is appropriate for the audience and is actionable. Senior managers with access to trends across departments can take corrective action to ensure that all departments are performing at their optimum level. Making student progress charts available in real time to teachers supports differentiated learning. Learners are empowered with feedback on a six-weekly cycle directly linked to supportive learning resources, resulting in more engaged and motivated learners.
There is a long way to go, however the use of data to create actionable information has clearly begun.