News & updates
Guidance on the similar schools measure – 03 September 2013Guidance 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
2013 dashboard data – 02 September 2013The 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
Publication of contextual data – 03 July 2013A 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 2013Key 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.