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 Chief Scientific 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?
Unfortunately, Tim has had to withdraw from the conference because of the restrictions placed on civil servants during the run-up to a general election. We will announce a replacement speaker as soon as possible.
Following on from Tim not being able to present at the Data conference, we now have Billy Downie, National Leader of Education and Headteacher, The Streetly Academy who will reflect on the impact of the new accountability measures, new approaches to assessment and other related issues from a school, national and RSC board perspective.
Billy Downie is Headteacher of The Streetly Academy, a National Teaching School and SCITT. He is a National Leader of Education and is an elected member of the West Midlands Regional Schools Commissioner Headteacher Board. He acted as an Education Strategist for Frog Education in the development of the online toolkit, Frog Progress, a response to a Life after Levels. Billy is also a Non-Executive Director of the Youth Sport Trust.
Colin Logan is a senior education lead at SSAT with responsibility for data and accountability. He was previously a senior adviser for data with the National Strategies following 25 years working in five large comprehensive schools as a languages teacher, head of department, deputy head and headteacher. He writes regular blogs for the SSAT on issues concerning data, assessment and inspection and is well known for making these and associated matters accessible and even interesting!
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.