News & updates

2013 Data updates – 08 April 2014

Performance measures
  • Key Stage 1 – Final data for 2013 has been incorporated.
  • Key Stage 2 – Final data for 2013 has been incorporated.
  • Key Stage 4 – Final data for 2013 has been incorporated
Quintiles measures
  • Key Stage 1 – All quintiles for Key Stage 1 will be final.
  • Key Stage 2 – All quintiles for Key Stage 2 will be final.
  • Key Stage 4 – All quintiles for Key Stage 4 will be final.
Context information
  • Key Stage 1 and key stage 2 - updated on Thursday 6th March 2014 with School Census data.
  • Key Stage 4 - updated on Tuesday 8 April 2014 with School Census data.

Changes and additions to the School Data Dashboard

Printing Special School Dashboards in Internet Explorer
We are working to resolve a known issue with printing pages from the Special School Dashboard using Internet Explorer. When printed, there are currently some issues with the layout. If you are trying to print these pages, it is advisable that you use a different web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome. We will advise as soon as the issue is resolved
Release of Data Dashboards for Special Schools
On 8 April 2014, Ofsted has released data dashboards for Special Schools. For Special Schools that have pupils working at National Curriculum Level, the mainstream school Data Dashboard measures are shown. Where pupils are operating below the national curriculum, i.e. on performance scales, additional measures are displayed for the attainment and progress of these pupils.
Change to similar school methodology
For 2013 similar schools, Ofsted has aligned its methodology with the Department for Education (DfE) similar schools methodology. The methodology used to define schools as similar and to group them is now based on pupil level prior attainment data.
Questions for governors
Incorporation of key questions for governors to help generate discussion with school leaders and an improved understanding of the school’s performance. This will also direct governors to sections of RAISEonline for more detailed data, such as expected progress by starting point.
Key Stage 2 measures
There will no longer be data for English at Key Stage 2; we will now show Reading, Writing and English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (EGPS) measures.

Key Stage 1 data - 18 March 2014

A number of schools have had their Key Stage 1 tab removed pending the incorporation of final data. These are schools that were identified as having changes within their data between the unvalidated and final datasets. These schools have been notified and will have the tab re-instated once the final data has been incorporated.

2013 Data updates – 06 March 2014

Performance measures
  • Key Stage 1 – Final data for 2013 has been incorporated.
  • Key Stage 2 – Final data for 2013 has been incorporated.
  • Key Stage 4 – Final data for 2013 is due to be updated in early April. Until then the 2012 dashboard will still be displayed.
Quintiles measures
  • Key Stage 1 – All quintiles for Key Stage 1 will be final.
  • Key Stage 2 – All quintiles for Key Stage 2 will be final.
  • Key Stage 4 – Final data for 2013 is due to be updated in early April at which point the quintiles will be updated. Until then the 2012 dashboard will still be displayed.
Context information

Key Stage 1 and key stage 2 - updated on Thursday 6th March 2014 with School Census data.
Key Stage 4 - due to be updated in early April with School Census data.


Changes and additions to the School Data Dashboard

Change to similar school methodology

For 2013 similar schools, Ofsted has aligned its methodology with the Department for Education (DfE) similar schools methodology. The methodology used to define schools as similar and to group them is now based on pupil level prior attainment data.

Questions for governors

Incorporation of key questions for governors to help generate discussion with school leaders and an improved understanding of the school’s performance. This will also direct governors to sections of RAISEonline for more detailed data, such as expected progress by starting point.

Key Stage 2 measures

There will no longer be data for English at Key Stage 2; we will now show Reading, Writing and English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (EGPS) measures.

2013 dashboard data – 02 September 2013

The School Data Dashboards will be updated with 2013 data following the upload of 2013 validated data to RAISEonline.
Provisional dates are:

  • Key Stages 1 and 2 - February to March 2014
  • Key Stage 4 - April to May 2014

Guidance on the similar schools measure – 03 September 2013

Guidance on the similar schools measure has been published to assist users in understanding how the similar schools quintiles are created, how to interpret the quintile positions and how to compare schools. The guidance is available here

Publication of contextual data – 03 July 2013

A context tab has been added to each key stage and provides information on:

  • number of pupils
  • percentage of girls
  • percentage of pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
  • percentage of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of SEN (Special Educational Needs)

Data are presented for the cohorts whose attainment and progress are shown on the dashboard over the three year period. School level data and national averages are also provided.

Key Stage 2 update – 23 May 2013

Key stage 2 data has been updated from validated to final. A final dataset has not been produced for 2012 key stage 2 data in RAISEonline and therefore some data presented in the dashboards will differ from that published in RAISEonline. Data presented in the dashboard will reflect the data published in the Department for Education performance tables.

Update to quintiles – 11 March 2013

A number of schools have contacted us because they were surprised by their quintile ranking compared to similar schools. As a result of these enquiries we have reviewed the quintile methodology and updated the dashboards.

Even high performing schools with good results may be in the bottom quintile when compared to other similar schools. This is due to the other schools achieving even more for their pupils from similar starting points.

We have, however, recognised a different methodological issue, principally for ‘similar schools’. The issue occurred where, when a large number of schools had the same results, these were placed in more than one adjoining quintiles.

We have now addressed this and refreshed the dashboards. The new methodology means that for each measure, no schools with the same results are in different quintiles. In addition, schools in the bottom quintile are at least four percentage points different from those in the top quintile.

School governors will now be sent this updated version. If you have already downloaded the dashboard then please download it again and use the latest version.