2016 has been 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.
Sean Harford is Ofsted’s National Director, Education and is known as much for his openness as his commitment to improving outcomes for young people. He regularly publishes blogs which include his Ofsted myth-busting columns which are intended to reassure schools that what they might have been led to believe was what Ofsted expected is not always the case. He is always willing to respond and enter into debate and the conference will be a great opportunity to hear from and question him.
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
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.