Building data confidence
Providing examples of strategies for building staff confidence in using and analysing data through some key questions.
Schools that are successful at narrowing the gap in science:
- regularly build staff confidence in working with data
- identify those pupils who are underperforming, or are at risk of underperforming.
Strategies for building staff confidence with data
Senior leaders, science subject leaders and teachers can review their practice against the Strategies and outcomes for know the gap in science.
Reviewing strategies to build staff confidence in using data
- Senior leaders
- Is data in a usable format and accessible to staff?
- How do you ensure staff are competent at using a variety of data?
- How do you train staff on using data sources? (Narrowing the gaps: from data analysis to impact – the golden thread and Narrowing the gaps: from data analysis to impact – the practical guide might help.)
- Is the school's use of data part of an induction programme?
- How often do you identity underperforming pupils from data?
- How often do you track pupils at risk of underperforming across a range of subjects?
- How do you share your analysis of underperforming pupils with subject leaders and teachers?
- Science subject leaders
- Which sources of science data are readily available for staff to use?
- Do they know how to use data to analyse underperformance? How do you model this for them? (Narrowing the gaps: from data analysis to impact – a practical guide.)
- How and when do you analyse which pupils are underperforming in science?
- How do you involve staff in the analysis and help them decide what to do differently to address the issues?
- How is analysis of data shared with staff/pupils/parents or carers?
- Science teachers
- How clear are you on where your pupils are and their respective performance targets?
- What do you use to set aspirational targets? Do you review them regularly?
- How do you explain targets to pupils and parents/carers?