All You Need to Know About Data

Join us for a series of five 90 minute webinars, each looking at one aspect of data to avoid overload. Together they form a comprehensive resource that covers both the essential background knowledge and how to use the various charts and tables. You really will learn “all you need to know about data”.

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Start Date

Start date
28 September 2023
15:30 - 17:00


Up to five webinars


SSAT members: £320
Non-members: £380
Prices exclusive of VAT


Additional information
Choice of an extra webinar focusing on KS5

We have created a series of webinars for senior and middle leaders in secondary schools to help get them back up to speed with (or learn for the first time) how to understand and use the various data sources to support their school improvement.

“Data-driven school improvement” was all the rage in the 2010s. School leaders, advisers and inspectors all used RAISEonline, Fischer Family Trust and the Ofsted data dashboard as the touchstone for their work. Fortunately, we gradually became more savvy and looked more at “data-informed school improvement”. And then came the pandemic.

During that time, most school leaders had very little contact with (or indeed interest in) what a comparison of their own and national data might be able to tell them about their schools. Some leaders will have taken up post with little or no prior experience of understanding data; others who were confident in handling data previously will be feeling a bit rusty and in need of a refresher.

Now that school performance data is almost back to normal for key stages 4 and 5 (the main absence this year being the level 3 value-added measure), understanding your school’s data is as important as ever.

It really is “all you need to know about data” in five manageable chunks.

Who is this for

Senior and middle leaders and data managers in secondary schools. Ideal for those new to data and those who need a refresher.

Host information

Colin Logan, Senior Education Lead, SSAT

Colin Logan, SSAT

Colin has worked at five large comprehensive schools as a languages teacher, head of department and faculty, deputy head and finally headteacher. He is a recent Ofsted inspector and was a senior adviser in the National Strategies in the data and evaluation team. Colin joined SSAT in 2011 and is a senior education lead with responsibility for data, accountability and inspection.

Webinar information

Questions can be posed during and between sessions and webinars will be recorded and shared with participants after each session.

Webinar 1: What do we need to know and understand?

Thursday 28 September 2023, 15:30 – 17:00

  • Sources of data
  • Estimates, predictions and targets
  • Statistical significance and confidence intervals (for non-statisticians)
  • Percentile ranking
  • What is value-added?
  • Understanding KS2 scores, attainment8 and progress 8

Webinar 2: Analyse School Performance (ASP)

Thursday 5 October 2023, 15:30 – 17:00

  • Accessing ASP
  • Headline performance – progress and attainment
  • Ebacc, English and maths
  • Scatter plots
  • Pupil groups
  • Subject reports and relative performance indicators
  • Additional reports
  • Using filters and customising charts
  • Using the question-level analysis tool (QLA) in Year 7

Webinar 3: Ofsted’s inspection data summary report (IDSR)

Thursday 2 November 2023, 15:30 – 17:00

  • How inspectors use the IDSR
  • “Areas of interest”
  • School and local context data
  • Trends in progress and attainment
  • The lead inspector’s separate analyst’s report

Webinar 4: Using FFT Aspire for reviewing and target-setting

Thursday 16 November 2023, 15:30 – 17:00

  • What does FFT Aspire do?
  • Similarities and differences between FFT Aspire, ASP and the IDSR
  • Understanding FFT’s versions of value-added
  • Using FFT to evaluate attainment and progress in KS4 and 5 – whole-school, by subject and by pupil group
  • Pupil-level data
  • Curriculum analysis
  • Using FFT estimates for target-setting

Webinar 5: KS5 data (optional)

Thursday 23 November 2023, 15:30 – 17:00

  • Point scores – GCSE, A/AS, vocational subjects, UCAS
  • 16-19 accountability measures
  • Progress, level 3 value-added and English and maths
  • Retention and destinations
  • Using chances charts and the transition matrices
  • KS5 in the IDSR
  • KS5 in FFT Aspire
Price information*
SSAT members
To book webinar 1-4, excluding KS5
To book all 5 webinars
Price information*
SSAT members
To book webinar 1-4, excluding KS5
To book all 5 webinars
To book webinar 1-4, excluding KS5
To book all 5 webinars
*Prices exclusive of VAT

Date and location

Launch date
Thursday 28 September 2023

15:30 – 17:00


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