SSAT’s annual conference for data leaders has become an unmissable date in the calendar for school senior leaders and data managers. It is an invaluable opportunity to gain insights from national experts and practitioners and network with like-minded professionals. This year we are delighted to announce another strong line-up of speakers, each of whom will be addressing key issues that concern everyone with a responsibility for data in schools:
- What do I need to have ready for Ofsted? What will they expect to see and in what format? Are there things that I’m doing now that aren’t necessary? What’s on the horizon at Ofsted?
- Have we done all we can to implement the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? How have other schools approached their new responsibilities? Have we got it right yet?
- What do we really know about the performance of disadvantaged young people in our schools? What is the effect of other factors such as the time spent on free school meals and ethnicity? Is there a better model for pupil premium funding? And how can we set effective targets in a time of constant change?
- What can we learn from other experienced data managers and leaders? How have they managed to change the culture of using data in their schools and made it have maximum impact? How have they responded to the challenges of limited budgets and changing measures to maintain the true purpose of data which is to inform and support continuous improvement?
Ofsted’s National Director Sean Harford will discuss Ofsted’s approach to using data, the new IDSR, outcomes, assessment and future inspection developments as well as addressing some of the hard-to-shift ‘Ofsted myths’.
Victoria Cetinkaya, Senior Policy Officer at the Information Commissioner’s Office, will focus on the implementation of the general data protection regulations (GDPR) which will come into force in May 2018, bringing considerable implications for schools and how they use data.
Stephen is the principal education adviser with the Fischer Family Trust. He works closely with schools, MATs and local authorities and is an accomplished speaker and trainer. He will be sharing a wide range of research findings from studies undertaken into data- and accountability-related issues, including the impact of the new measures on achievement and practice in schools.
Michael Cousins has been Director of Achievement at Sacred Heart School in Newcastle upon Tyne for 17 years and is currently responsible for curriculum, staffing, timetable, examinations and achievement and data. He believes that data should be used to improve schools at student, staff and leadership levels and that, in times of limited budgets, it should direct resourcing, identify best practice and evaluate the effects of difficult decisions. However, changes in input data and output scores alongside a new raft of providers offering ‘Data Solutions’ and national changes in entry patterns have created uncertainty. He will explain how his school is coping with this new scenario and how it is preparing for the changes that lie ahead.
Karen Burrows and Joyce Siaw
Karen is assistant head and Joyce data leader at Stoke Newington School. In a relatively short space of time, the use and status of data in the school have been transformed. Their presentation will outline how the culture in the school was changed and how it went from being an organisation where only a few on the leadership team had any access to data, and staff distrusted it, to one where all teaching staff actively engage. Data has become a useful tool and an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Karen and Joyce will share the steps in the process, how staff were given ownership of their data, how it was made accessible, analyses timely and user-friendly and how staff were consulted along the way.