Tracking in action
Read what an effective tracking system can provide, learn about the 'golden thread' connecting data analysis to targeted action and find the features of good tracking.
The tracking system
Your school tracking system can provide a simple, accurate picture of every child's attainment and progress at whole-school, class and individual level. This is to make sure the needs of all your children are met.
Schools use a range of different systems to track children’s progress. It is important that your tracking system is unique and meets your school's needs.
The golden thread
Tracking information in itself does not improve progress or raise standards. However, data analysis stimulates debate. Translating this into actions in the classroom can make a difference to children's progress and attainment. The diagram below shows how the 'golden thread' connects data analysis through to targeted action and impact on children's progress and attainment.
Features of good tracking
Good tracking will:
- map whole-school attainment and chart class or cohort progress
- bring together prior attainment, progress and age-related expectations
- be based on accurate, informed assessment information
- be used to monitor individual pupils' progress on at least a seasonal basis
- highlight vulnerable individuals and groups at risk of becoming stuck, slow moving or falling behind
- support the termly pupil progress meetings (PPMs), where specific actions are agreed and followed up.