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Data Leaders’ Conference 2020

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Thursday 15th October 2020 Online conference

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 excited to move to a new online conference model, allowing delegates to watch and reflect on the keynote sessions in their own time. We will then come together on 15 October for an interactive online event in which the speakers will answer questions and then through collaborative discussion delegates will be encouraged to share ideas and help develop guidelines and guidance for an effective school data strategy, reflecting on data collection and management.

The theme for this year’s conference is:

Data – a 2020 vision

With Ofsted focusing its attention away from internal and historical data and recommendations from the teacher workload about data collection, do we need to have a radical re-think about the purpose of school data, what data we collect and when and how we use the data we do have? Is this even more important in the light of what happened with tests and examinations this summer?

The following recorded webinars will be available to view online from 8th October – allowing delegates to view at their convenience.

Data 2020

Duncan Baldwin, Deputy Director of Policy, ASCL
Duncan explains how ASCL has encouraged collaboration between schools using data and will share work on the new Open Data Project. He will show how schools are now sharing live data with a focus on improving teaching and learning and looking towards future developments, among them the recoding of formative assessment data.

A new approach to assessment and data collection

Emily Curtis-Harper, Assistant Headteacher, Little Ilford School
Emily describes how she has led the development of a new progress monitoring and data analysis system that looks at all student information “in the round” and encourages professional dialogue.

The meaningful use of data

Ben White, member of the DfE Teacher Workload Advisory Group and Research Lead at the Ashford Teaching Alliance

Ben asks:
What can (and can’t) we do with data to support learning in our schools?

  • What constitutes valuable data collection, its limitations of data and supporting data literacy within schools?
  • Common mistakes in data collection, what does an effective data strategy look like?
  • Predicting, tracking and monitoring performance
  • The reliability of assessment data

Practical tips and ideas for improving data practices

Delegates will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to our speakers through the online Moodle course. These will then be addressed at the live conference session.


Live conference webinar 15 October – 10.00 – 12.00
10.00 – 10.05Welcome from Colin Logan
10.05 – 10.50Content recap and panel Q&A with our speakers – addressing delegates’ pre-submitted questions and live questions online about the presentations or wider data issues.
10.50 – 11.45Facilitated discussion with Ben White

Key considerations for reviewing your data strategy. Four key lines of enquiry to help highlight good practice and identify specific ways of refining your data strategy.

Building on the webinar inputs, delegates will be encouraged to share ideas and help develop guidelines and guidance for an effective school data strategy, reflecting on data collection and management.
11.45 – 12.00Feedback and close
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Thursday 15th October 2020


10:00am - 12:00pm


£285 (members) £325 (non-members) All prices exclusive of VAT

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