2016 was a momentous year for data change in schools. Even though schools now have their first set of Attainment and Progress 8 figures, there is still a great deal of uncertainty among school leaders and data managers about what happens next – with target-setting, what Ofsted will expect to see, what the data really says about their school and where it sits in the national context and what other schools are doing.
SSAT’s annual conference for school data leaders will bring together national experts and practitioners to share their insights and to respond to your questions and concerns.
We’ve invited back from last year’s conference Tim Leunig (@timleunig). Tim is Chief Analyst and Ministerial Policy Adviser at the Department for Education and the chief architect of the new accountability measures. He spoke freely and openly last year about what lies behind the new measures and reassured many delegates about what they should expect from this summer’s results – but what happens now? What has the DfE learned from the process and what are the implications for schools and are there any further changes in the pipeline?
Dr Becky Allen is director of Education Datalab, probably the most prolific and forward-thinking educational data research organisation in the country. Their regular blogs and releases are always thought-provoking and up-to-the-minute, which you can see here. We don’t know what they will be researching at the time of the conference but we can be sure that it will be worth sitting up and taking notice of.
Giselle Hobbs is assistant principal at The Stockwood Park Academy where she has had a completely fresh look at what data the academy needs and how to use it. She is a frequent contributor to SSAT’s data leaders’ online forum and has also contributed to the SecEd journal.
Ben Fuller, Lead Assessment Adviser, Herts for Learning Ltd is something of a guru among school data managers and assessment leads. He produces and shares a wide range of invaluable resources to support the use of data in schools and to promote quality assessment through his role as lead assessment adviser with Herts Learning and is president of AAIA (the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment). He is also a much sought-after speaker on assessment after levels.
This conference for secondary school senior leaders and data managers is an unmissable opportunity to hear from some of the leading figures in the country to get their insight, guidance and some practical advice and tips to help ensure that your school is fully up to speed with current thinking, what to expect in the future, to acquire and share new ideas and plan ahead.