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RAISEonline

What is RAISEonline?

Who can access RAISEonline?

How do I access RAISEonline?

Does our school have to use RAISEonline?

How does RAISEonline fit with Ofsted's inspection arrangements?

How can I prepare for using RAISEonline?

What training will be available for RAISEonline?

What kind of information will I be using in RAISEonline?

What opportunities will there be for evaluating pupil progress with RAISEonline?

How can I share the analysis in RAISEonline?

How will RAISEonline integrate with my existing Management Information System?

Will I be able to make amendments to the data in RAISEonline?

If I amend the data in RAISEonline will it immediately be viewable by all users of the system?

What are the 2005 arrangements for the Performance and Assessment (PANDA) report?

Who do I contact about the PAT and PANDA?

How does the School Profile relate to RAISEonline?

I need more help. Where should I go?

What provision is being made for special schools?

Q. What is RAISEonline?

A. RAISEonline is a much improved data analysis tool for use by schools, LAs, School Improvement Partners (SIPs) and Ofsted inspectors from summer 2006. RAISEonline will enable you to: - examine context, attainment and value added data - explore hypotheses about pupil performance - analyse question level data for National, Optional and Progress tests - set and moderate pupil targets.

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Q. Who can access RAISEonline?

A. RAISEonline will be available to all mainstream maintained Primary and Secondary schools in England. We are currently reviewing the provision for Service Children’s Education (SCE) schools. For details on provision for Special schools read the FAQ: 'How does the School Profile relate to RAISEonline?'. LA staff, school improvement partners (SIPs) and inspectors will also be able to access RAISEonline.

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Q. How do I access RAISEonline?

A. The new package is an internet-based application accessed via a secure log on system. As it is a web-based, users do not need to download or buy any specific hardware or software to access the system. You can access it here: https://www.raiseonline.org/

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Q. Does our school have to use RAISEonline?

A. No, it is not mandatory for schools to use the product and it is acceptable to choose alternative methods to aid self-evaluation and target setting. Inspectors and SIPs will be using the analysis and data in the product to raise their own hypotheses and act as a starting point for discussions with schools.

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Q. How does RAISEonline fit with Ofsted's inspection arrangements?

A. The inspection arrangements require schools to make judgments about their strengths and weaknesses and provide evidence to back up what they say. The self-evaluation form (SEF) provides a framework for doing this and the type of analysis that will be available in RAISEonline should help the school undertake this self-evaluation process.

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Q. How can I prepare for using RAISEonline?

A. The best way to prepare for the changes is to ensure you develop a good understanding of the PAT and the new style presentations in the PANDA. The presentations in the existing products have acted as the basis for report design in RAISEonline. The range of analysis available in the current PAT should be available in RAISEonline in a user friendly format. You should keep referring to this webpage to find out more about the system over the coming months. You may want to set aside some time to familiarise yourself with the RAISEonline system.

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Q. What training will be available for RAISEonline?

A. RAISEonline will be launched with integrated online help and tutorial facililities which will provide accessible and comprehensive training on both how to use the system and also how to interpret the analysis. The National Strategies will be supporting the introduction of RAISEonline with face-to-face training for schools, LAs and SIPs. We will be providing more details about this soon. It is also under consideration whether we should provide guidance for current PAT users to help their transition to RAISEonline.

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Q. What kind of information will I be using in RAISEonline?

A. RAISEonline will allow the interactive examination of data at the school, group, pupil and question level for pupils at Key Stages 1 to 4. Grouping and filtering features will allow users to explore their own hypotheses. Where data is not centrally available, schools will be able to import it into the system themselves.

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Q. What opportunities will there be for evaluating pupil progress with RAISEonline?

A. RAISEonline will provide the opportunity to look at contextual value added (CVA) progress to Key Stage 2,3 and 4. Alongside this the system will allow analysis of conversion information. It will be possible to import data for Optional and Progress tests, thus giving better tracking of pupil performance and progress over time. There will also be a target-setting section of the system which will enable the setting and moderating of pupil targets.

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Q. How can I share the analysis in RAISEonline?

A. All interactive analysis generated in RAISEonline can be exported in a range of formats to suit different purposes e.g. as an excel file to undertake further analysis offline. There will also be the facility to share a link to a particularly piece of analysis within the system. Additionally, a full report similar in style to the current e-PANDA will be available to download by all users.

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Q. How will RAISEonline integrate with my existing Management Information System?

A. We are working with Management Information System (MIS) software suppliers to ensure as much compatibility as possible between RAISEonline and existing MIS. RAISEonline will accept data in CTF formats with a CSV file available for data items that fall outside of this. There will also be the facility for manual data input. We are currently investigating how we can make the transfer of data from PAT into RAISEonline as easy as possible. Data can be exported from the system in a variety of formats, including XML or as an Excel file.

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Q. Will I be able to make amendments to the data in RAISEonline?

A. All schools will have a centrally-provided dataset that will remain fixed, and the opportunity to make amendments to an amended dataset. It will be possible to analyse the effect of the changes made as part of the school’s interactive analysis.

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Q. If I amend the data in RAISEonline will it immediately be viewable by all users of the system?

A. No, amended datasets will be owned by the school and it will be up to them to share analysis based on amended data with other users. The full report will only be produced based on centrally-provided data.

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Q. What are the 2005 arrangements for the Performance and Assessment (PANDA) report?

A. A new PANDA report was developed in 2005. New-style reports containing 2005 unvalidated data have been made available to all maintained schools. Validated PANDAs are due for release later this year for all maintained primary and secondary schools (including post 16). Training material and further information on release dates can be found on the ePANDA website (www.epanda.rmplc.co.uk).

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Q. Who do I contact about the PAT and PANDA?

A. While they are still in use, you can contac the PANDA helpdesk on raihelpdesk@ofsted.gov.uk, or the PAT helpdesk on pat.enquiries@dfes.gsi.gov.uk.

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Q. How does the School Profile relate to RAISEonline?

A. The School Profile will be a public document, specifically designed for parents, and intended to put the school's performance data into context. RAISEonline will not be publicly accessible and is designed to aid schools’ self evaluation, inform school improvement and support inspection. Any pre-populated data in the school profile will be the same as that used in RAISEonline.

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Q. I need more help. Where should I go?

A. If you have not found the information you are looking for on this page please send an email to raihelpdesk@ofsted.gov.uk and we will be pleased to respond to your enquiry.

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Q. What provision is being made for special schools?

A. Ofsted has recently embarked on a project to review the previous Special School PANDAs and to assess whether they meet the needs of schools and inspectors. Depending on the outcome of this review, Ofsted hope to be able to provide special schools and inspectors with relevant and up-to-date analysis by the end of the year. One strand of the project is to consider whether and how this information could be incorporated into the RAISEonline system. This work will not be completed in time for the first release of RAISEonline in the summer but our aim is to incorporate future analysis into RAISEonline as soon as possible.

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