How are school leaders using data?

While Ofsted will no longer request internal progress and attainment data from schools, the latest survey from the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) and TeacherTap, has explored what data senior leaders request in schools and how frequently. The survey of over 3,000 school staff found that:

  • 51% of primary schools request pupil data every half term with a further 45% requested data termly. The vast majority of data provided is either in the form of “teacher assessment of attainment, via own knowledge” (40%), an “externally created assessment” (23%) or teacher assessment of attainment, via book review” (15%).
  • 48% of secondary schools request pupil data every half term with a further 42% requesting data termly. The data largely comes from either “an assessment taken across multiple classes” (46%), an “externally created assessment” (18%) or “teacher assessment of attainment, via own knowledge”.

Interestingly, while 41% of teachers think they provide too much data, only one in five headteachers would change the frequency and amount of data collected if external pressures were removed.