Briefing for SIPs: Schools data
The New Relationship with Schools (NRwS) aims to reduce the burden of data collection on schools while ensuring the availability and effective use of good quality data in the schools sector.
The availability of effective evaluation and performance data for schools is key to the SIP's role of supporting school improvement.
RAISEonline (link opens in new window) (Reporting and analysis for improvement through school self-evaluation) is a web-based interactive tool developed by Ofsted and the DCSF to replace the Performance and Assessment (PANDA) report and the Pupil Achievement Tracker (PAT).
RAISEonline is a significant step forward in the provision of data analysis for schools for SIPs and LAs, governors, inspectors, and all those working to support self-evaluation and school improvement, and will provide a single convenient point of access to data and analyses.
RAISEonline provides a wide range of analytical information to support the review of performance data in schools in greater depth as part of self-evaluation and target setting. Users are also able to 'drill-down' from the school level performance information to see how individual pupils have contributed to this performance. This enables SIPs and all those working on school improvement to identify whether there are certain groups of pupils or individual pupils where performance was relatively weak but whose underperformance was previously 'hidden' within school level performance indicators.
Access to RAISEonline for SIPs is managed by the local authority or authorities they work for as SIPs.
An Evaluating School Performance (ESP) e-learning package, on the use of data in ESP, has been developed by the National Strategies working with the DCSF and Ofsted. It is aimed at schools, SIPs, LAs and Ofsted inspectors. This package includes units on the use of RAISEonline. (link opens in new window)
The national pupil database (NPD) is available to users in the DCSF, partner organisations and LAs. The NPD matches school census, key stage attainment and GCSE results data. The Key to Success website (link opens in new window) provides LAs and schools with access to individual pupils' records from the NPD and a range of pupil assessment data including longitudinal assessment records.
SIPs are provided with a data brief by the National Strategies. This is issued annually and includes guidance on the use and interpretation of pupil attainment data, Every Child Matters (ECM) outcome data and the consistent financial reporting database, also provided to SIPs.