More useful data on schools in England

This site provides easy access to the many sources of on-line data about education in England. New information is added regularly.

http://riseinformationcentre.org.uk/

From spending on schools and pupil numbers to figures for attendance and attainment, keep up to date with RISE’s 25 key statistics about state education in England.

Comparing school data – a useful tool

Just had this website highlighted to me. It has a number of useful ways to compare data across schools. Worth having a play with:

https://www.schooldash.com

Haringey in statistics

At a meeting a month or so ago the HGA Executive were shown one of the Council’s ‘storyboards’. These lay out all of the most important statistics about a certain aspect of life in Haringey and try to present them graphically where possible. They cover:

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Conference: research, exclusions and high quality governance

I am just back from the Haringey Governors Conference and I thought I would briefly reflect on the sessions I went to and what I learnt.

As well as the keynote on using well-researched interventions I attended workshops on exclusions and the Governor Mark.

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Haringey Schools Bulletin 27 March 2013

The third edition of the Schools Bulletin produced by Haringey Council (not HGA) that contains useful information for governors and schools.

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Primary comparitive data graphs with FSM and mobility

To understand how well your school is doing it’s very useful to be able to compare your school’s results with those of schools with similar intakes. Hopefully your school is already providing you with this data, but if not here it is.
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Concerns about spending on academies

The National Audit Office has recently published this report on the finances of the Government’s academies programme:

http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/1213/academies_expansion.aspx

Its two major points seem to be:

  • There needs to be greater caution with academy finances than the Government has so far shown because of the “light-touch oversight regime”.
  • There has been a significant over-spend on academies as a whole.

Given the first point, academy governors need to be extra careful with their school’s finances as they don’t have the more stringent oversight to back them up that maintained (LA) schools have.

The second point is particularly worrying because that money will need to be recouped from all schools in some way or another.